MSU Undergraduate Students Earn 2nd Place in the Inaugural Michigan Physiology Quiz (MiPQ)

Photo of Michigan Physiology Quiz winners.


On June 7th, 2017, before the 4th Annual Michigan Physiological Society (MPS) Meeting at Alma College, teams of undergraduate students from six Michigan institutions competed in the first annual Michigan Physiology Quiz (MiPQ) event. 

MSU's 2nd place team was coached by Erica Wehrwein, Ph.D., and included (from left to right) Chris Davis, Savanna Cureton, Katie Grover, and Ella Potter.   Team members received certificates recognizing their accomplishments and all students participating in the MiPQ received a copy of the 25th edition of Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology, compliments of McGraw-Hill.

Winning team members were also recognized as Warren Plimpton Lombard Award recipients. Dr. Lombard was one of the first professors of physiology in the state of Michigan (University of Michigan, 1892 – 1923) and the 8th President of the American Physiological Society (APS) (

The MiPQ is modeled after an international science olympiad created by Dr. Hwee-Ming Cheng at the University of Malaysia called the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz (IMSPQ).  Sue Barman, "Quizmaster" for this event, had the honor of attending as an instructor for a refresher course and a quiz judge for the 14th annual IMSPQ competition held last summer in Indonesia (Barman SM. Physiology Quiz Show. The Physiologist 59: 347-348, 2016.).  This event included approximately 350 students representing 81 medical schools.

Sue was so overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the students that she proposed to the APS Council that they begin hosting a comparable event in the US with the goal of eventually sending a US team to participate in the IMSPQ.  The APS Council encouraged the MPS to be the first APS Chapter to include this event as part of their annual meeting with the hope that other chapters will follow and eventually send chapter winners to IMSPQ.

Congratulations to all competition participants and winners!