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Chemistry undergraduate Aniket Dehadrai to represent MIT on Jeopardy!

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Chemistry-Biology (5-7) senior will appear on Jeopardy! National College Championship on February 16, 2022.

Senior Chemistry and Biology undergraduate student Aniket Dehadrai is representing MIT in the 2022 Jeopardy: National College Championship. The episode airs on ABC at 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 16 and will also be streaming on Hulu.

The audition process for the show entailed several online tests and Zoom auditions, including one consisting of mock games to highlight the potential contestants’ personalities. In the quarterfinal game this week, Dehadrai will face two other competitors from University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

Hailing from Norman, Oklahoma, Dehadrai conducts research in the Boyer Lab on the metabolic and structural role of a protein of interest in the maturation of heart cells. In addition to a 5-7 major, Dehadrai is minoring in Theater Arts, and loves to sing, act, and dance as a member of Ridonkulous, MIT’s competitive hip-hop team, and Mirchi, a nationally-ranked Bollywood fusion dance team from MIT. Dehadrai also stays active hosting events for the South Asian community as a board member of the South Asian Association of Students.

In the spirit of trivia, Dehadrai chose four random questions to answer:

  1. If you were on a 27 hour flight and could only watch one movie, what would it be?
    Shrek 2, the greatest sequel to the greatest animated film ever.
  2. If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be?
    That smell after it rains, I think it’s called petrichor or something? That or sandalwood.
  3. What’s the funniest TV show you’ve ever seen?
    Spongebob! Simultaneously the most absurd and real-est show I’ve seen.
  4. What is the darkest movie you’ve ever seen?
    I don’t know about movie, but darkest TV show is definitely Game of Thrones, especially season 8. We thought our TV brightness settings were messed up, that’s how dark it was.

All the best, Dehadrai! Tune in to cheer him on at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 2/16.