College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Show off your science and engineering trivia knowledge in a national competition

Take the challenge!

Show off your trivia knowledge and you can win great prizes in the Knovel University Challenge, a national competition between science and engineering university programs.

Every year, the Knovel University Challenge allows students to compete for prizes while learning how to use Knovel, an engineering database and research tool subscribed to by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It makes available the full-text of more than 1,000 engineering handbooks that can help you with your homework and research.

Last year, students from more than 600 universities worldwide submitted more than 12,000 entries. There are are many opportunities to win, with new questions EVERY WEEK, and weekly prizes awarded as well.

What's New
There will be new questions and new prizes EVERY WEEK, like Roku 3 Streaming Media Players and more. Knovel will also continue to award a randomly selected grand prize winner and the contest within the contest to schools with the highest number of participating students.

Who Should Play
The challenge is open to current engineering and science students. The only requirement is that you must use Knovel to answer the questions.

How to Play
Go to: and click on the PLAY NOW button.

There should be no need to log in to Knovel if you are on campus. If you are trying to access Knovel from off-campus, you should go instead to: and from this page click on the name of the database: Knovel. It will ask you to authenticate with your U of M name and password and then pass you in. Once connected, click on the University Challenge banner at the top of the screen. Also, if coming in from off-campus, if you usually run VPN (UMN's virtual proxy network software), turn it off. It interferes with authenticating/accessing library-subscription databases like Knovel.

Let the games begin!

University Libraries

To submit information for the weekly CSE Student Announcements, send an email to: The deadline for submissions is Wednesdays at 9 a.m.