Twenty-Eight High Schools to Compete in New York Regional Brain Bee

January 24, 2014


January 24, 2014

Blayne Jeffries
The Dana Foundation
(212) 401-1646           

Beth Kwon
Columbia University
(212) 854-6581 


Twenty-Eight High Schools to Compete in New York Regional Brain Bee
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and Columbia University Present Live Q & A Contest


Students from 28 New York City-area high schools will participate in the 2014 Regional Brain Bee Competition, a Q & A competition that tests high school students' knowledge of neuroscience. Students are quizzed on the brain and how it relates to memory, emotions, intelligence, behaviors, and disorders. The top three winners will receive cash prizes, and the first-place winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the National Brain Bee, March 14 and 15, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

The New York Bee will be moderated by Michael N. Shadlen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Kavli Institute of Brain Science, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and judged by Columbia University assistant professors Ai Yamamoto, Ph.D.; Clarissa Waites, Ph.D.; and Haung (Ho) Yu, Ph.D. The keynote speaker will be Daphna Shohamy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University.

Following the Brain Bee, all attendees are invited to attend a family brain fair, at which they can participate in hands-on brain science games and experiments.


Saturday, February 1
1:00–1:45 PM Participant check-in and light reception
1:45–2:20 PM Keynote address by Daphna Shohamy, Ph.D.
2:30–4:30 PM Brain Bee Competition
4:30–5:30 PM Family Brain Fair 


Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway at 114th Street
New York, NY


Twenty-eight public and private high schools in the Bronx (4), Brooklyn (4), Manhattan (8), Queens (5), Staten Island (4), and Westchester (3) will be represented by up to two students each. A full list of participating schools is available on request.

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 335 neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of the progress and promise of brain research.

A leading research university, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.