West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host the annual Dr. James E. Brimhall RESA III Science Bowl on Friday, Nov. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. in Hamblin Hall.

The competition will feature 16 teams from eight area high schools. The top three teams will advance to the state science bowl in February 2016 in Morgantown.

Faculty from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will serve as judges and moderators for the competition. Members of the WVSU student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will assist with scorekeeping and as guides.

Registration for the competition will begin at 8 a.m., followed by opening comments at 8:30 a.m. Teams will then be selected to compete at random. This will be a double elimination tournament.

The following schools will participate in this year’s competition: Capital High School, George Washington High School, Nitro High School, Poca High School, Riverside High School, Scott High School, Sherman High School and St. Albans High School. These schools are all part of the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) III region.

When teams are not competing, student members, coaches and parents will be able to tour the WVSU campus to see the college experience firsthand. Representatives from WVSU’s Admissions and Financial Aid offices will be available and provide a presentation to students and their parents about preparing for college.

The Dr. James E. Brimhall Science Bowl is named in honor of late professor, Jim Brimhall. Dr. Brimhall was an experimental nuclear physicist at Hamline University in Minnesota and at the University of Pittsburgh. He began teaching at West Virginia State University in 1966 and later became an administrator, serving 11 years as Vice President of Administration, before returning to teach physics full-time.