Who's Using the NCI at Frederick Scientific Library?

Written by Ms. Madelyne Xiao, freshman at Stanford University and 2014 Student Jeopardy Winner
Fall 2014

Madelyne Xiao

I’ve had a blast these past three years as an intern with Dr. Randall Johnson and the Bioinformatics Core. During my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct in-depth research with my lab and, every July, participate in the Scientific Library’s Student Science Jeopardy Tournament.

My teammate, Nikhil Gowda, and I competed for the third time this year. Categories ranged from the macroscopic (“Space: the Final Frontier”) to the very opposite (“Under the Microscope”). The questions were a bit more difficult than last year; otherwise, the format of the competition was pleasantly familiar--Ms. Meckley’s “Alexa Trebek,” the lock-out buzzer system, and the game’s answer-in-the-form-of-a-question quirk felt like old friends!

We were encouraged by our competitors’ breadth of knowledge, including last year’s first place team of Theo Nikolaitchik and Jen Hofmann, as well as the support of our mentors and fellow interns. As a Jeopardy and trivia junkie outside of the student tournament, I’ll surely miss this event as I head to college in the fall. Here’s hoping that I’ll be able to return next summer to compete again!