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Kristi Kincaid, chemistry ninja


RICE MAGAZINE, Spring 2015
Photo by Tommy LaVergne

Kincaid lgKristi Kincaid, who teaches general chemistry at Rice, loves obstacles—especially ones that require her to run, jump, scale, hang, grip and balance. So last year, Kincaid decided to put her fitness skills to the test by auditioning for the program “American Ninja Warrior,” a popular athletic competition now in its seventh season. First, she submitted a three-minute video audition, filmed mostly around campus. “I’m not just a chemistry teacher,” she said to her video audience, “I’m a chemistry ninja,” before showing off both her athleticism and her love of chemistry experiments. Kincaid’s wit and charm, combined with the avid rock climber’s impressive display of upper body strength, won her an invitation to compete in the show’s regional qualifying round, held in Houston in March. “I liked the idea of getting an image out there of someone who is both nerdy and sporty.” To see how Kincaid did, tune in to NBC in late May. 

Watch Kristi's Audition Video