A Neuroscience Competition for Teenagers
USA Brain Bee Championship Postponed
The 2020 USA Brain Bee Championship has been postponed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check back soon for a new championship date.
2019 USA Neuroscience Education Fund Raising Campaign
Help inspire young men and women to learn about the human brain and motivate them to enter professions where they can treat and find cures for brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Depression, Schizophrenia, Addiction, Stroke, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Concussions, Brain Cancer and hundreds of others. Learn more »
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 1998 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.
In Memoriam: Dr. Katherine Cameron
Dr. Katherine Cameron, our dear colleague and friend, died peacefully at home in Baltimore on December 31, 2019 after a short, heroic struggle with cancer.
Dr. Cameron spent her life pursuing knowledge and her career sharing that pursuit with her colleagues and students. She was a tenured professor of psychology at Coppin State University. In 2009 Dr. Cameron join the Brain Bee team and took on a leadership role as the co-coordinator for the Baltimore Chapter (Baltimore Brain Bee) in Maryland.
Dr. Cameron’s hard work and dedication have been paramount to the success of the BBB competitions as she has inspired many young men and women to learn about the human brain and motivated them to consider careers in basic and clinical neuroscience. It is hard to imagine organizing and running the BBB 2020, and future competitions without Dr. Cameron’s commitment, enthusiasm, insight and expertise in the field of biological-psychology and neuroscience. Katherine, we will miss you.
Congratulations to our 2019 Brain Bee USA National Brain Bee Champion: John Yang of Newark, New Jersey!
Second place went to Julia Collin of Piscataway, New Jersey. Third place went to Claire Wang of Los Angeles, California.
As the winning national champion, John represented the United States in the 2019 World Brain Bee Championship in Daegu, South Korea, competing against champions from 29 other countries. The World Championship was hosted by the International Brain Research Organization’s World Congress of Neuroscience.
More information, including a complete list of National Championship competitors, may be found in the 2019 USA Brain Bee Championship press release.
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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