Programs & Events

Brain Bee

  • Published21 Aug 2012
  • Reviewed19 May 2014
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  • Source BrainFacts/SfN
Photograph of Brain Bee winners
The winners of 2019's DC Brain Bee are Bhavya Boddu (center), runner-up Ashley Thommana (right), and second runner-up Andrew Sojha (left) along with host Dr. Ben Walker.
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Students compete in the 2014 International Brain Bee.
Students from 17 countries participated in the 2014 International Brain Bee in Washington, DC. Gayathri Muthukumar of Bangalore, India, was the champion.
Copyright © 2014, Society for Neuroscience. All rights reserved. Photo by Joseph DelNero.
Students compete in the 2014 International Brain Bee.
Photograph of 2019 Brain Bee contestants
Contestants at the 2019 DC Brain Bee listen to Ben Walker, PhD, make an introduction.
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Photograph of 2019 Brain Bee contestants
Emily Ruan Internship
2013 US Brain Bee Winner Emily Ruan completes her internship in the lab of Mark Masino, PhD at the University of Minnesota.
Mark A. Masino, 2014.
Emily Ruan Internship
2013 International Brain Bee Winner Jackson Huang completes his internship in the lab of Geoffrey Goodhill, PhD at the University of Queensland
2013 International Brain Bee winner Jackson Huang completes his internship in the lab of Geoffrey Goodhill, PhD at the University of Queensland.
2013 International Brain Bee Winner Jackson Huang completes his internship in the lab of Geoffrey Goodhill, PhD at the University of Queensland

The Brain Bee is a neuroscience Q&A competition for secondary school students that aims to motivate them learn about the brain, capture their imaginations, and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical research. Founder Norbert Myslinski of the University of Maryland directs the global contest.

Students compete locally, feeding into national and then international competition. The Society for Neuroscience hosts the DC Brain Bee and is a sponsor of the U.S. National and International Brain Bees. SfN arranges a scientific laboratory internship for the U.S. national and international winners.

For information about the DC Brain Bee, contact baw@sfn.org

Upcoming Dates

  • 2019 Local DC Brain Bee: February 8, 2019, American University
  • 2019 US Regional Brain Bee: TBA. Contact Norbert Myslinski
  • 2019 World Brain Bee: TBA. Contact Julianne McCall

Steps to create your own regional Brain Bee
Brain Bees are grassroots competitions and anyone is eligible to sponsor a competition. Register your competition so that your winner is eligible for the national and international Brain Bees. 

  • Involve at least one neuroscientist as a judge. The Find a Neuroscientist database can help you find scientists. 
  • Base questions on Brain Facts. Also study from Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain
  • Involve competitors from at least three schools or home school groups. 
  • Bees must be free and open to all interested students. 
  • No audio or video recording of competitions is permitted.

Students may compete in one regional brain bee per year, and in their National Brain Bee and the International Brain Bee one time.

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