The SEG Foundation needs to raise an additional $15000 for the Challenge Bowl Finals at the 2016 SEG Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. We ask your help.
As you are probably aware, the industry downturn has resulted in SEG feeling a financial pinch as well. With the need to reduce overall costs throughout SEG, the SEG Board made the decision earlier this year to suspend funding for several programs, including the Challenge Bowl program. However, the timing of this news meant that many local and regional Challenge Bowl competitions had already taken place throughout the world, with winners eagerly awaiting their chance to compete at the 2016 Challenge Bowl Finals. Therefore, Peter Duncan, the much traveled quiz master of the event is leading the charge to help make this a reality for them!
Please join Peter and Mike Forrest in their own “challenge” to raise the additional funds needed to host the Challenge Bowls Finals this year. Each has donated $1,000 to the cause and request your support to keep this event alive. You can make a tremendous impact on the lives of these talented students wishing to demonstrate their brilliant minds in addition to getting the opportunity and life-changing experience to attend the SEG Annual Meeting. Maybe you are a student who "played' in a past Challenge Bowl. Can you pitch in $10 or $20 to let the games go on? Or maybe you have sat in the audience and enjoyed the show. Can you put out the price of admission in advance for the next event. You can also make your gift online at www.seg.org/donate by choosing Challenge Bowl Program under the SEG Programs area. You will also find more info on the history of the event below and on the SEG webpage. Please help if you can.
The SEG Challenge Bowl competition is an international contest testing student’s breadth and depth of knowledge about the field of geoscience. The quiz-show format results in intense competition as the contestants attempt to “buzz in” first with the answers to challenging geoscience questions. The contest itself is in the form of a short-answer multiple-choice quiz on topics in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geography, and some geodesy), as well as some questions about the history of our science and SEG itself. Questions range in difficulty from second- or third-year undergraduate level to first-year graduate school. All geoscience students are encouraged to participate in this unique event which combines knowledge, competition, and fun.
The SEG first launched the SEG Challenge Bowl program in 2006. Since then, much excitement has been created on campuses in the USA and abroad. Local organizations host regional competitions and the winning teams, consisting of two students each, attend the SEG Annual Meeting and compete in the world championships. The number of teams competing around the globe has exploded from just six teams in 2007 to more than 50 teams in recent years.
This year marks the 11th Anniversary of the SEG Challenge Bowl Finals. With this global playoff being held in conjunction with the 2016 SEG Annual Meeting,
“The SEG Challenge Bowl event was indeed a mix of fun and brainstorming. It gave me the opportunity to meet professionals and students in the geoscience world. Finally, it was an eye-opener to the myriad of opportunities posed in the field of geosciences.”
— Eric Ezenobi, Federal University of Technology Owerri;
2010 Nigerian Challenge Bowl Winner
Previous World Champions
2015 — Andrey Konkov (Inst. of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod) & Rasesh Saraiya (Indian Inst. of Technology Bombay)
2014 — Bartosz Gierlach (AGH University of Science & Technology) & Paulina Kotlarek (Adam Mickiewicz University)
2013 — Tim Haywood & Taras Zaporozan, University of Manitoba
2012 — Darragh O’Connor (Dalhousie University) & Adrian Smith (University of Calgary)
2011 — Matt Davis & Forrest Roberts, Brigham Young University
2010 — Jorden Hayes & Amit Padhi, University of Wyoming
2009 — Maximiliano Bezada & Amy Lasseigne, Rice University
2008 — Jason McCrank & Maria Quijada, University of Calgary
2007 — Scott Falconer & Charles Puryear, University of Houston
2006 — Fabian Domes & Jesus Nunez, Heriot-Watt University