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Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
National championships none
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Not to be confused with Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.

Purdue University is a public university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Their quiz bowl team plays in the Midwest area. Purdue annually hosts the aptly-named Purdue Boilermaker Buzzathon and the IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship.


While Purdue has had a quiz bowl team in the past, the current iteration was started by faculty member Stan Jastrzebski in 2016, with assistance from former Saint Joseph captain Steve Benchik.

In its second full year of existence, the team came unexpectedly close to qualifying for the 2018 edition of Division II ICT. Two central players from that team, including Sarah Benner, went on to play at the next year's NAQT Collegiate Novice tournament at Chicago and went undefeated. Purdue were subsequently cited in discussions about tightening player restrictions for novice tournaments. That spring, Purdue qualified for ICT-DII for the first time in their school's existence, and finished 10th.

In the spring of 2019, Purdue took over the duty of hosting Indiana's state championship tournament, which had previously been hosted by Ancilla Domini College with funding from the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Along with Saint Joseph's long-time coach Ben Dillon, Jastrzebski helped convince the Indiana Association of School Principals, or IASP, to sponsor state-wide quiz bowl competition. Purdue has been the host of IASP's Academic Quiz Bowl State Finals tournament since 2020.

In 2021, after three of their members had served in writing and editing roles for Spring Novice, Purdue's Quiz Bowl Team produced the Boilermaker Spring Novice housewrite with Benner as head editor, with help from Ryan Rosenberg and the teams from North Carolina and Duke.

In 2022, Purdue again qualified for ICT-DII, and also sent a team to ACF Nationals for the first time in their history. They finished T-19th at ICT-DII and 43rd at ACF Nationals.