Jennifer Harris

Texas Tech Doctoral Student Appears on ‘Jeopardy!’

Jennifer Harris shows what it takes to be a “Jeopardy!” contestant.

Jennifer Harris got the call from “Jeopardy!” headquarters in October. She was given a date, a hotel and told what to wear.

Harris, a human development and family studies doctoral student in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, appeared on an episode of the popular game show that aired in December. She finished second, losing to the four-time returning champ and winning $2,000, but Harris valued her time and experience with the show.

“I didn’t win, but it was still a lot of fun,” she said. “I got to be on TV, bring my family out to California and play on a show that I’ve watched since I was little. Being on that set, getting to know the other contestants and being able to watch the show and know I was there is the coolest part of everything.”

In January 2014 Harris took an online test to determine her eligibility to be on the show. She had 50 minutes to answer 60 questions, and her acceptance was based on the speed and accuracy of her answers. In March she got a call from the show’s headquarters in Los Angeles asking if she would be interested in an in-person interview.