November 6, 2009
Students compete once a year at the National Student Quiz Bowl Competition answering questions on topics such as crop science, entomology, plant pathology, soils and weed science.
For the third year in a row, the Red Raiders walked away as national Quiz Bowl champions.>
The competition hosted more than 20 teams from across the nation, including Kansas State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois, and Purdue University, officials said. Participants competed in oral and poster presentation events, as well as the Quiz Bowl.>
The Agronomy Club team is coached by Craig Bednarz, a professor of crop physiology in the plant and soil science department with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research. The annual competition, which began in the 1960s, is held in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy International Annual Meeting.
SASES, an undergraduate student organization of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America, is composed of chapters located at colleges and universities that provide a curriculum in agronomy, crops, soils and environmental sciences.
A variety of programs and activities are offered on the local and national level for students to become professionally involved and to prepare for their future careers, officials said.