Academic Bowl is a series of quiz style tournaments, in which teams of students compete against each other in local, regional, and national events. Each tournament is a question and answer game of general knowledge and quick recall. Questions are drawn from the following categories: Social Studies; Language and Literature; Science and Technology; Mathematics; The Arts; Deaf Studies; Current Events; Potpourri; and Pop Culture, Leisure, and Sports.
Gallaudet University established its first National Academic Bowl in 1997 with the goal of promoting academic competition among school teams, and to foster academic excellence and achievement among deaf and hard of hearing students across the country.
The competition is open to students grades 9-12, currently enrolled in recognized schools or programs for deaf and hard of hearing students. Schools or programs may be residential schools, day schools, mainstream programs, or any other type of educational program. There are four players to a team. 90 teams participate in the Academic Bowl, with 18 teams in each of the five regions (Southeast, Southwest, West, Midwest, and Northeast.)
Family and Visitors
Families and visitors are more than welcome. The competition schedule will be posted on the website. There is no charge to attend.
Eastern Regional Academic Bowl Competition
There are five regional Academic Bowl competitions across the United States: Up to 18 teams compete in each regional competition, with two pools of 9 teams each. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches advance to the Regional championship match while the losers play in the third place match.
Every spring, the GURC sponsors and helps to coordinate The Gallaudet Academic Bowl Eastern Regional competitions. The first and second place Regional Championship winners from each of five regions compete in the national competition held at Gallaudet University in the Spring.
National Academic Bowl Competitions
The Academic Bowl National Championships are held annually, at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.