A Neuroscience Competition for Teenagers
The USA Brain Bee was founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is an official region of the International Brain Bee Consortium consisting of:
- American Psychological Association
- Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
- Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
- International Brain Research Organization
- Society for Neuroscience
See the championship page for competition details.
The USA Brain Bee was founded in 1999 and is the world-wide neuroscience competition for high school students. The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers in order to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders.
There are currently over 200 Local Chapter Brain Bee coordinators in more than 50 countries across 6 continents that conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Local Chapter Bee is invited to attend their respective Regional Brain Bee competition, and the winner of each Regional Brain Bee is invited to represent their regions in the International Brain Bee World Championship. The World Championship is hosted by a different country every year.
Brain Bees test one's knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research. The local competitions are in the question-and-answer format based on material from a book that is freely downloadable from the internet. The championship competitions may also involve a neuroanatomy laboratory practical with real human brains, neurohistology with microscopes, brain imaging identification and patient diagnosis with patient actors.
Congratulations Sojas Wagle, 2017 Brain Bee World Champion!
Future neuroscientists from 25 countries around the world met in Washington, DC from August 3-6, 2017 to compete in the nineteenth World Brain Bee Championship. The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students, 13 to 19 years of age. It was hosted by the American Psychological Association.
The 2017 World Brain Bee Champion is Sojas Wagle, a sophomore from Har-Ber High School in Arkansas, USA.
2nd Place went to Milena Malcharek from Cracow, Poland. 3rd Place went to Elwin Raj A/L Raj Vethamuthu from Malaysia.
The 2018 International Brain Bee World Championship (IBBWC) will be in Berlin, Germany from July 7-11, 2018 hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.
Students interested in competing in a Brain Bee, please contact your Local Chapter Brain Bee Coordinator. Individuals interested in starting Local Chapter or Regional Brain Bees, please contact Dr. Norbert Myslinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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