January 22, 2015

Rebecca J. James, Graduate Assistant

Subregion Science Bowl Returns to VSU Jan. 31

VALDOSTA — Forty-five high school students are set to compete in rigorous tests of scientific and mathematical knowledge when Valdosta State University hosts the 24th annual Subregion Science Bowl from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center.

Student teams from Appling County High School, Bainbridge High School, Lowndes High School, and Valdosta High School will compete against each other in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, energy, earth science, space science, and math.

Teams will compete two at a time in 20-minute rounds using a quiz-show style system to “buzz in” with the correct answer to earn points. If the team answers correctly, a bonus question will be provided for extra points.  

First- and second-place winners will advance to the State Science Bowl, which will be held on Feb. 28 at Armstrong State University in Savannah. State winners will advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC, April 30-May 4.

The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 24-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. It is open to middle and high school students.

Contact Dr. Donna Gosnell, Regional Science Bowl director and professor of chemistry in VSU’s Department of Chemistry, at 229-333-5798 or dgosnell@valdosta.edu to learn more.

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Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions.

Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities. 

Hosting the Subregion Science Bowl helps the university meet the following goals: 

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a quality, diverse student population and prepare students for roles as leaders in a global society.

Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.

Goal 4: Foster an environment of creativity and scholarship.

Goal 5: Develop and enhance Valdosta State’s human and physical resources.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.