Student Science Jeopardy Tournament Brings Competition and Camaraderie

By Ishika Srivastava, WHK Student Intern; photos by Chris Worthington and Marie Haughey, staff writers, and Richard Frederickson, staff photographer
Student Jeopardy Tournament 2018

The NCI at Frederick Scientific Library recently hosted the popular Student Science Jeopardy Tournament for the 12th year running. Nine teams of summer student interns competed for the chance to be named Jeopardy champion.

Dina Sigano, Ph.D., technical laboratory manager; Jim Cherry, Ph.D., scientific program director; and Melek Sunay, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, judged the tournament. Sunay was a new judge this year, and the first ever from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

When a technical snafu involving the signaling devices delayed the competition, the judges stepped in and helped find a solution. The players quickly adapted to the “analog” style of play by using flags to “ring in” with an answer.

Bailey White and Maisha Khan, competing as Team F, took first place and received two unique crowns crafted from medical tubes by Occupational Health Services (OHS). All other participants received gift bags containing various prizes courtesy of Nymeo Federal Credit Union, ACD Labs, R&W Club, and OHS.

Asked about the competition, one participant, Emme Tissue, said, “I enjoyed the whole experience! It was rewarding to meet other interns while learning a few new things.”

Refreshments, including muffins, cookies, and frozen custard, were available thanks to Rita’s Italian Ice; Howard Young, Ph.D., head, Cellular and Molecular Immunology Section; and Scientific Library staff.

Asked whether she’d recommend participating next year, Tissue said, “My advice would be to give it a shot if you know some trivia! While my partner and I were inexperienced when it came to trivia, there is no harm in giving it a shot.”

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