National Science Bee Staff

David Madden – Founder and Executive Director

David Madden is the founder and Executive Director of the National Science Bee. Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999, college quizbowl for two years at Princeton University, and been involved on a full-time basis overseeing International Academic Competitions since 2010, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic competition. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic quiz tournaments throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy! as well as a member of the team that won the 2019 Jeopardy! All Star Games tournament, a published art historian, and a runner and skier in his spare time. Aside from the National Science Bee, he also has established the other member competitions in the International Academic Competitions network, including the International Geography BeeUnited States Geography Olympiad, the National History Bee and Bowl and the US Academic Bee and Bowl, among others. He can be reached at

Jason Russell – Director of IAC US Middle School and Elementary Divisions

Jason serves as the Director of the USA Middle School and Elementary Divisions for International Academic Competitions. His passion for academic competition started at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and he has been a player, coach, tournament director, writer, editor, and moderator all over the United States for some 30 years. He served in the US Air Force and Air National Guard for ten years and was a two-time Jeopardy! champion. He also has a bachelor’s degree in history and an MBA in organizational leadership. He believes that academic competition develops integral skills in players and is a benefit to the schools and communities in which it is played and is committed to seeing the game grow to its fullest potential. Jason also serves as the Staff Director at the Varsity and JV National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl. He can be reached at

Marshall Mullins – Director of Logistics

marshall-mullinsMarshall is the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions. He also serves as Lead Tournament Coordinator for the High School division of the National History Bee and Bowl where he is responsible for tournaments throughout the US. He has long been active as a director and volunteer in the Missouri and Illinois quiz bowl circuits. He is based out of the Illinois suburbs of Saint Louis and he can be reached at