GEOLOGY STUDENTS WIN QUIZ BOWL
A team of BYU geology students took home top honors in a recent regional quiz competition, dominating a field comprised mostly of graduate students from some of the country's top universities.
Matt Davis, a graduate student from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Forrest Roberts, a senior from Frannie, Wyo., placed first in the quiz bowl held at the 3D Seismic Symposium in Denver on March 28, ultimately defeating a team of Ph.D. students from the Colorado School of Mines in the final round. The competition—which features teams of two people answering questions about geology and geophysics—is hosted by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, or SEG.
By winning the western region, Davis and Roberts will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete against other winning teams from around the world at the society's annual meeting in San Antonio in September—a prospect the duo is positively giddy about.
"I've never been to San Antonio so I'm excited to experience a new place," Davis said. "The SEG is a fantastic venue where geoscientists and geophysicists can network. … My main goal is to get everything out of the experience that I can and use it to further my future career opportunities."
"I hear great things about the city," Roberts added. "The opportunity to meet other students and professionals in geology is a great benefit to events like this."
Though the Davis-Roberts tandem was the event's big winner, two other BYU teams also took part in the competition: Stephen Phillips and Steven Herbst finished third overall, and Walt Harston and Cameron Griffin also participated.
Despite facing off against students with higher education levels, BYU's students—mostly undergraduates—are regularly competitive in the upper echelons of this annual competition. BYU took third behind Stanford University and the University of Wyoming in the 2009 SEG quiz bowl and went to an "overtime" round before losing to eventual national champion Wyoming in 2010.