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 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.
Congratulations to our 2018 Brain Bee USA National Brain Bee Champion: Akhil Kondepudi of St. Louis, Missouri!
As the winning national champion, Akhil was also given an 8-week internship at a neuroscience laboratory. Additionally, a donation was also given to the Disabled American Veterans.
Second place went to Hemanth Asirvatham of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Third place went to Sehej Bindra of Piscataway, New Jersey.
Akhil will be representing the US in Berlin, Germany in July 7-11, 2018 to compete in the twentieth International Brain Bee World Championship 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 email@example.com.
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