An Invitation to Participate

The 20th Annual Alaska Tsunami Bowl is happening February 17–19, 2017.

Dear NOSB Coach / Science Department Chair,


On behalf of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences invites you and your high school students to participate in the 20th Annual Tsunami Bowl—the Alaska Regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Regional competitions will be held around the country during February 2017. The Alaska Region NOSB will take place in Seward, February 17–19, 2017. The winning team will travel, expense free, to the national competition held in Corvallis, Oregon in April.

Competition Description

The Alaska Region NOSB consists of two parts: A) a tournament quiz-style academic competition, designed to challenge the students' knowledge of ocean sciences; and B) a research project with written and oral components.

The research project focus for the 2017 Tsunami Bowl is Resource Management in a Warming Pacific.

The research project is optional. Teams can choose to participate in only the quiz-style competition. But teams not completing the project will not be eligible to win the overall championship. However, they can participate in all the regional event activities.

Teams consist of 5 high school students: 4 team members plus an alternate. The alternate is optional, but recommended. The coach is usually, but not restricted to, a science or math teacher. A parent may be a coach as well. Home-school and private-school students, as well as science clubs or other student groups, are welcome to participate.

The competition will be held over three days: a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Teams should plan to arrive in Seward on Thursday February 16. Fundraising will determine prizes.

Are You Interested in Participating?

All teams interested in competing in the Tsunami Bowl must submit an Intent to Participate Form. Intent to Participate forms will be accepted from September 1 until November 15,2016. This regional competition is limited to 20 teams, so it is important not to delay. Only one team per school (4-5 students per team) will be accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis, until October 1. If space is available after October 1, additional teams from schools already accepted can sign up. Teams that are not in the first 20 to sign up will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available due to teams dropping out. Teams will be randomly chosen to fill any vacancies that arise. Information will be sent to all those responding to this invitation.

What Are the Expected Expenses?

NOTE: Teams will be responsible for their own travel costs to the regional competition, as well as some meals while in Seward. Please budget for these expenses.

Three hotel rooms will be provided for each participating team for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in Seward. Expenses for additional nights, and students or adults in addition to five students and one coach, are the responsibility of the team.

Don't Forget the Juried Art Show

Schools that field a Tsunami Bowl team are eligible to have any of their students participate in the NOSB juried art show, “The Ocean Connection,” which is optional and does not affect a team’s standing in the Tsunami Bowl.

We are proud to host this challenging academic competition and hope to have your school's participation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Marc Swanson
Coordinator, Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Seward Marine Center
PO Box 730
Seward, Alaska 99664
Office: (907) 224-4311
Cell: (907) 362-2582
Fax: (907) 224-3392