Students square off in Bioscience Quiz Bowl - Article, Office of College Advancement

Thursday, March 13, 2014—Reprinted from San Jose Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin.

Ten teams from six Bay Area high schools competed in the Ohlone College LAB Program Quiz Bowl on Feb. 27, buzzing in to answer questions about biology, chemistry and biotechnology. These students are enrolled in the Learning Alliance for Bioscience Program at Ohlone College, which engages them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. While many of their peers have yet to consider life after high school, these students have been immersed in college-level courses and are already on track for a career in emerging bioscience fields.

Though open to anyone in its nine partner high schools, the program has especially targeted underrepresented students who may not otherwise be considering college, and puts them on articulated career pathways.

"Students think they're not very good at science. But then they take biotech classes through the LAB Program and find that they like it and they're good at it, and it encourages them to take it to the next level," said Laurie Issel-Tarver, the LAB Program coordinator and Ohlone College professor.

At the Quiz Bowl, Castro Valley High School took home the first place prize, Newark Memorial's Mission Valley ROP came in second place, and teams from Piedmont Hills High School took third and fourth place prizes.

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