Smith Undergrads Finish Second at 2012 Biz Quiz
A student team representing the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith
School of Business took second place in the team and individual writing
competitions at the
2012 Biz Quiz hosted by Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business in November
The three-person team consisting of Smith juniors Ehson Kashfipour, Ryan
Lee-Young and Nelson Young answered questions based on stories printed in recent
issues of The Wall Street Journal. Smith faculty member Stephanie Eckerd advised
the team. Smith was among 18 business schools that participated in the event.
The Biz Quiz consisted of a written competition and an oral competition. The
oral portion involved a Jeopardy!-style format in which three teams would
compete at a time and had to buzz-in first to answer a question. Written exams
were taken independently.
Kashfipour, Lee-Young and Young combined to finish second in the team written
portion and Lee-Young took second place in the individual written portion. The
second-place finish in the team competition earned the students $300 to split,
while Lee-Young earned $150 for his individual second-place finish. They also
earned a trophy.
The team nearly advanced to the semi-finals of the oral competition, losing
in a sudden-death playoff.
To prepare for the competition, Kashfipour, Lee-Young and Young were asked to
read the Monday-Friday issues of the Journal weekly, Eckerd said. They each
independently read the front page and divided the remaining sections of the
paper, using a Google document to keep each other informed. Eckerd would then
quiz them for an hour once each week.
Eckerd noted that the weeks of preparation needed for the Biz Quiz is
different from case competitions, which often involve little preparation because
the participants don’t know what cases they’re doing until the competition
begins. “They really should be commended for working as hard as they did,” she
said regarding Kashfipour, Lee-Young and Young.
They have already reported that they’ve been able to use the knowledge
they’ve obtained through the competition in the classroom and in internship
interviews, Eckerd said.
Because Kashfipour, Lee-Young and Young are juniors, Eckerd said she hopes
they’ll try out for the Biz Quiz team again next year, although she added that
she hopes their success will encourage additional Smith undergraduates to also
Peter Haldis, MBA Candidate 2014
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