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November 8, 2001 Contact: Bill Burton (312) 996-2269; burton@uic.edu


Combining education with fun, the University of Illinois at Chicago will host the annual UIContest on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Illinois Room, Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted St.

UIContest teams up high school students with their parents to represent their schools in a general knowledge contest. The contest aims to increase parents' involvement in their children's academic activities and introduce talented high school students to UIC.

"It's an educational and fun way for parents and children to interact together," says UIC physics professor Uday Sukhatme, who developed UIContest in 1998 as part of the city of Chicago's Project Millennium celebrations.

In the last UIContest, Stevenson High School bested a field of 18, topping St. Ignatius in the final by a score of 18-13. The other semi-finalists were Durand High School and Lake Zurich High School.

The contest is like a game show: two teams of three students and three parents compete head-to-head, "buzzing in" to answer questions. The team ahead at the end of 30 questions wins the match. Questions will be in such categories as literature, media and current events. Elimination matches begin in the morning and final round matches start at 2 p.m.

Prizes include paid summer internships in research laboratories at UIC and substantial scholarships for students who decide to enroll at UIC. Audience members as well as participants can enter a drawing for the chance to answer a series of questions to win other prizes in the "Bonus Bonanza."

Admission is free and open to the general public. Free parking is available. For more information, call (312) 413-3470.

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