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.

USA Brain Bee Championship

2020 USA Brain Bee Championship

The 2020 USA Brain Bee Championship will be held March 27 to 29, 2020 on the campus of the Northeast Ohio Medical School. The co-coordinator is Dr. Dana Peterson. She can be reached at

2020 Championship Registration

To register for the 2020 USA Brain Bee Championship, you must:

  1. Complete the online Registration Form. You will receive a confirmation email that includes a copy of these steps. If you do not receive a confirmation email, complete your registration by following these instructions.

  2. Sign and print the 2020 Acknowledgment of the Rules form.

  3. Return the signed Acknowledgement of the Rules form by mail with the Registration Fee. The 2019 Registration Fee is $125.00 which is required of both the competitor and their one chaperone (for a total of $250.00). Other guests are free. Make checks payable to: UMB Foundation, Inc.

    Please mail the check to:

    Norbert Myslinski
    Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
    University of Maryland School of Dentistry, 8th Floor
    650 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Instructions for payment by credit card will be included in the registration confirmation email.

  4. E-mail a 200-word bio and a closeup head shot photo of your winner to Note: while this isn’t necessary to complete registration, it is useful for promotional purposes.
USA Brain Bee Championship Venues

Every USA Brain Bee Championship to date has been held on the Baltimore Campus of the University of Maryland. After years of requests from chapter coordinators to have the Championships in other cities, the USA Brain Bee Coordinator, Dr. Norbert Myslinski, is now taking it on the road. From now on it will be in different cities.

2019 Venue

The 2019 USA Brain Bee Championship was held on the campus of the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The co-coordinator was Kala Venkiteswaran.

2020 Venue

The 2020 USA Brain Bee Championship will be held March 27 to 29, 2020 on the campus of the Northeast Ohio Medical School. The co-coordinator is Dr. Dana Peterson. She can be reached at

2019 Competition Design

The 2019 Championship was worth 100 points. The competition was divided into four parts that were weighted equally. Learn more.

2020 Competition Design

The 2020 Championship will be similar to past years except there will be added a group electrophysiology component and a written portion where neuroscience principles are applied to maintain a healthy brain. The 7 parts will be neuroanatomy, patient diagnosis, neurohistology, written, healthy brain, group electrophysiology, and the final judged one word answer.


2018 USA Brain Bee Championship

Dr. Norbert Myslinski with 2018 USA Brain Bee Champion Akhil Kondepudi

The Eleventh USA Brain Bee Championship was held March 15-18, 2018 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, hosted by the Dental School Department of Neural and Pain Sciences. The USA Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers, ages 13 to 19 years of age. It is an officially sanctioned Regional Brain Bee of the International Brain Bee. The Founder of the International Brain Bee and The National Director of the USA Brain Bee is Dr. Norbert Myslinski.

Winners from 54 chapter competitions in 37 states tested their knowledge of the human brain on such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, addictions and brain research. The competition involved a neuroanatomy laboratory practical exam with real human brains, patient diagnosis with patient actors, neurohistology with microscopes, brain MRI imaging identification and orals. It was held at the University of Maryland Medical School at 685 West Baltimore Street. See the schedule for day-to-day activities.

The 2018 USA Champion is Akhil Kondepudi of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Saint Louis, Missouri. He will represent the USA at the World Championship in Berlin, Germany in July, 2019 hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.

For 2019, teenagers must compete in and win one of the local Chapter Competitions in order to be invited to compete in the USA Championship. With your Chapter Coordinator, Championship competitors must complete and send in the Registration Form and the Acknowledgment of the Rule Form by March 5. Competitors must be accompanied by a chaperone and arrange their own travel and hotel accommodations. Other optional activities are also planned.

Chapter Coordinators must complete the Annual Chapter Report whether or not they are sending a student to the 2019 Championship. Coordinators and Competitors can adapt the sample press release to send to their local media.

Awards of $1,500, $1000 and $500 will be given to the first, second and third place winners. Trophies will be given to the top 10 finishers. The 2017 USA Champion will then represent the United States in the World Championship that will be held in conjunction with the Convention of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies in Berlin, Germany in July. Currently, there are about 200 Brain Bee Chapters in about 40 countries in 6 continents. 

Media can contact Patricia Fanning at (work: 410-706-7946; cell: 443-615-5811; Twitter @UMBPatricia) OR Norbert Myslinski at (work:  410-706-7258; cell: 410-274-4998).

The best time for press and other media to come is between 8 and 12:00 am on Friday for the opening ceremony and neuroanatomy laboratory examination and between 2 and 3:00 pm on Sunday for the awards ceremony. The address is in the Medical School, 685 West Baltimore St. Baltimore.


NBB 2018 Group Photo