Business schools go head-to-head in Biz Quiz National Challenge

In front of television cameras at the WOSU studios at the Center of Science and Industry, teams of undergraduate business students from across the country will test their knowledge of significant business news in a fast-paced quiz show. The event, the Nationwide Fisher Biz Quiz National Challenge, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event at COSI is open to the public. Ticket information is available by e-mailing

Sponsored by Nationwide’s Financial Leadership Rotation Program, Fisher and The Wall Street Journal, 18 business schools from the Big Ten, the universities of Texas, Florida, Southern California and New York University are among those competing.

On Friday, Oct. 26, teams will converge on Fisher’s state-of-the-art campus for preliminary rounds. Students will compete by demonstrating their awareness of business news, issues and trends as reported in The Wall Street Journal. Quiz questions will be drawn directly from Journal articles that appeared in September and October issues.

“This high-stakes competition will bring together the nation’s most talented and high performing undergraduate business school students in an event that is intellectually challenging, exciting and fun,” said H. Rao Unnava, Fisher’s associate dean for undergraduate programs and the W. Arthur Cullman Professor of Marketing. “Last year’s event showcased undergraduate students’ intellectual depth and awareness of current events and issues taking place in the global economy and business world. Staying abreast of those issues helps students understand their relevance to lessons in the classroom and provides them with an enhanced perspective as graduates embarking on professional careers.”

Students will participate as individuals on three-member school teams in three rounds of competition. The face-to-face action begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at COSI in two rounds with team play. Teams will race against the clock and each other to be the first to respond with correct answers to questions pulled from Journal articles. The three top-scoring schools will face off in a final showdown before a live television studio audience. Borrowing from the game show format of “Jeopardy,” during the final round, teams will sound a buzzer when they believe they have the correct answer. Questions will appear on a large-screen and read by the Biz Quiz emcee, Krishnan Anantharaman, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition.

Bob Rosholt, chief financial officer at Nationwide, said, “Events like the Biz Quiz appeal to today’s high performing college students, yet encourage and cultivate business education. Whether these students realize it or not, their efforts in the Biz Quiz will better prepare them for corporate life after graduation.”

The event is designed to be entertaining and enlightening for both contestants and the studio audience. Quizmaster Anantharaman will provide engaging and lively commentary during the competition. He began his professional career at the Journal in New York after graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1991. He has since worked on various Journal desks as a news and features editor. Based in the paper’s Detroit bureau, Anantharaman is in his eighth year as editor of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, the Journal's financial-literacy program for high school students.

“The Journal-in-Education program is delighted to support this worthwhile event and its bright young competitors again this year,” said Mark Campbell, director of college marketing for The Wall Street Journal. “We believe The Journal should be an integral part of all business students’ education. Its content perfectly serves Biz Quiz’s goal of testing students’ real-world awareness.”

Competition will culminate with an awards luncheon hosted by Stephen L. Mangum, acting dean of Fisher College of Business. Several individual and team prizes will be awarded to students and their schools.