Friday, February 3, 2023
  Around Campus, Community

By News and Internal Communications

By Tawny Turner

EDINBURG, TEXAS – High school students will convene on The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg campus on Saturday, Feb. 11, to show off their math and science skills at the Regional Science Bowl competition.

High school teams will compete head-to-head in a fast paced, gameshow style competition, which serves to test students’ knowledge of math and science, and teamwork capabilities.

The competition will start at 9 a.m. at the MAGC (Mathematics and General Classrooms) Building on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.

The Regional Science Bowl is part of the National Science Bowl® competition coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Regional winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event in Washington, D.C. in April.

Omar Elizondo, UTRGV Science Bowl regional coordinator and UTeach science master teacher, said this is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that the event will be held in person. Elizondo said he is looking forward to the competition and showcasing the university as a premier site for STEM knowledge.

“We are thrilled to have this level of participation and look forward to building on it in the coming years with the goal of increasing participation from other school districts,” Elizondo said.

Six teams will be competing and representing Mission CISD, South Texas ISD, Edinburg CISD, and Corpus Christi ISD.

The event is open to the public, and Elizondo encourages family, friends and the community to come out and support their teams.

Elizondo said that this is a unique and exciting competition that should not be missed.

“We encourage everyone to come out and witness the unique and exciting experience of a science bowl competition in person. It truly is a competition like no other,” he said.

For more information on the Regional Science Bowl, contact


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.