West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host the Dr. James E. Brimhall RESA III Science Bowl on Friday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. in Hamblin Hall.

The competition will feature 16 teams from nine area high schools. The top three teams will advance to the state science bowl in February, 2015.

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.

“Hosting the RESA III Science Bowl on campus for a day of competition provides yet another opportunity for the State family to encourage and support the next generation of scientists as they pursue their passion for the sciences,” said Micheal Fultz, assistant professor of Chemistry at WVSU. “The day will feature more than 80 of the top science students in the region demonstrating their knowledge and abilities.”

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, Riverside High School, Scott High School, Sherman High School, South Charleston High School, St. Albans High School and Winfield 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.