Quarantine period got you missing the thrill of going head-to-head against other schools while raising your school’s banner with pride in a quiz contest? The UPLB Genetics Society (GeneSoc), an academic organization of University of the Philippines Los Baños responsible to promote the science of Genetics in the Philippines, just made it possible.
GeneSoc brought together three representatives each from 13 universities across the country to clash their knowledge on genetics through this year’s National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest (NIGQC) with the theme The Battle Against COVID-19: Securing Genetic Defenses and Building Immunogenetic Barriers held online for the first time on November 21, 2020 through Zoom and Discord.
Three rounds comprise the genetics quiz contest: The Synapsis round, which is an individual examination contest; the Dogma round, which is your usual easy-average- difficult quiz bee; and the Genetic Drift round, which is a twisted, table-turning quiz bee. One must decide to double or nullify the score they will receive per question. Get a question right, get a positive score; otherwise, get a negative one.
Francesca Amor V. Reyes, a student at the University of the Philippines Manila, shown her prowess in her knowledge in Genetics and won the Synapsis round as the top scorer. University of San Carlos bagged the second runner-up award, while Ateneo de Manila won the first runner-up award. In their growling glory, the University of Santo Tomas showcased their impeccable intellect about the science of Genetics, and emerged victorious as this year’s NIGQC champion.