West Virginia State University to Host High School Science Bowl Competition

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
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Nov. 13, 2013
West Virginia State University to Host High School Science Bowl Competition

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host the Dr. James E. Brimhall Science Bowl for Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) III on Friday, Nov. 15, at 9 a.m. in Hamblin Hall. The competition will feature 17 teams from nine local high schools. The top three teams will advance to the state competition in the spring.

Faculty from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will serve as judges and moderators for the competition. Members of the WVSU student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will assist with scorekeeping and as guides. There will be two seminars from WVSU faculty members. Dr. Gerald Hankins, associate professor of Biology, will discuss WVSU’s cancer research. Dr. Barbara Liedl, associate research professor, will discuss research of specialty crops and plant breeding.

“The faculty and students are excited to host the RESA III Science Bowl on campus for a day of thought-provoking competition,” said Dr. Micheal Fultz, assistant professor of Chemistry at WVSU. “These high school students represent the future of science and education in West Virginia, and we look forward to challenging them in the competition and throughout the day as they wait for the next round of competition.”

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. followed by opening comments from Karen Brimhall, wife of Dr. James E. Brimhall, for whom the event is named, at 8:30 a.m. Teams will then be selected to compete at random. This will be a double elimination tournament.

The following schools located within the RESA III region will participate:
  • Capital High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Nitro High School
  • Riverside High School
  • St. Albans High School
  • Scott High School
  • Sherman High School
  • South Charleston High School
  • Winfield High School
When teams are not competing, students, coaches and parents are invited to tour the WVSU campus and enjoy the university experience firsthand. Representatives from WVSU’s Admissions and Financial Aid offices will be available and provide a presentation to students and their parents about preparing for college.

The Dr. James E. Brimhall Science Bowl is named in honor of late professor, Jim Brimhall, an experimental nuclear physicist at Hamline University in Minnesota and at the University of Pittsburgh. He began teaching at WVSU in 1966 and later became an administrator, serving 11 years as Vice President of Administration before returning to teach physics full-time.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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