SOURCE: Knovel


September 10, 2012 09:00 ET

The Knovel University Challenge Launches With New Weekly Prizes for Solving Engineering Problems

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - Knovel, the leading provider of a Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools, kicked off the Knovel University Challenge today with a new twist: additional prizes will be awarded on a weekly basis, giving students 12 more opportunities to win.

The annual Knovel University Challenge, now in its seventh year, continues to grow in popularity among engineering students globally. Faculty increasingly use it as a tool to introduce future engineers to top-notch resources available in the library as students learn how to research, problem-solve and prepare for a competitive workforce. Engineers at more than 300 companies worldwide incorporate Knovel into their workflow, so the University Challenge helps students to jumpstart their use of a resource that will be relevant throughout their careers.

More than 400 of the world's top universities provide access to Knovel. Current engineering and science students from any of these universities can learn more, register and participate at Participation spans the globe and many professors incorporate the challenge into their curriculum.

"In Fall 2011, I incorporated the Knovel University Challenge in a graded homework assignment that I provided to the 600+ students in the freshman engineering orientation session," said Kevin Drees, Engineering Librarian at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. "I included Knovel because the research shows that hands-on searching with a database in an instruction session followed by an assignment completed afterwards increases the likelihood that students anchor the memory of the respective database and its usefulness." 

The Knovel University Challenge presents a series of questions on engineering-related topics, and students are encouraged to use Knovel and related features to find the correct answers. Prizes are awarded weekly to students of top-participating universities and at the conclusion of the contest. Chances to win include:

  • A Grand Prize Drawing for an Apple iPad selected from all eligible entries.
  • Weekly Drawings for a new Western Digital HD TV Live Streaming Media Player from the pool of student entries that week.
  • The first 10 universities with 100 players join a contest-within-the-contest, with one student participant from each university winning a set of Beats Tour earphones.

The deadline for Grand Prize entries is Midnight on December 1, 2012. 

To take this year's University Challenge, register here. You can also connect with Knovel on Twitter by searching @KnovelUpdates or using the #UC2012 hashtag.

About Knovel
Knovel is a Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust. Knovel users include thousands of engineers and applied scientists worldwide. Knovel has more than 700 customers worldwide including 74 of the Fortune 500 companies, five of the Top 10 Constituents on the FTSE 100 Index and more than 400 leading universities. Founded in 2000, Knovel is a private company headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit or call (866) 240-8174.

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