Brain Bee photos: Michael DiVito
THE NEW YORK CITY REGIONAL BRAIN BEE COMPETITION
Presented by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach, and the Columbia Neuroscience Society
Mary Zhuo Ke of Cathedral High School, winner of the 2015 NYC Regional Brain
Bee Competition! Mary receives a $500 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid
trip for two to compete in the USA National Brain Bee Championship.
The 2015 NYC Regional Brain Bee Competition took place on Saturday, January 31st
at Columbia University’s Alfred Lerner Hall. Forty-eight students from 31 NYC,
Long Island, and Westchester county high schools competed in the event. Read the Dana
Foundation blog for more information.
WHAT IS THE BRAIN BEE?
In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives coordinates the NYC Regional Brain Bee, a live written competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students. Every year, regional Brain Bees are held worldwide as part of the International Brain Bee. Winners of regional Bees in the U.S. are eligible to compete in the National Brain Bee at the University of Maryland during Brain Awareness Week. The U.S. National Champion is eligible to compete against other national champions in the International Brain Bee.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 from public and private schools throughout New York City and Westchester County. Each school can send two competitors.
CASH PRIZES: $500 First Place; $300 Second Place, $200 Third Place
First place winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee.
HOW TO REGISTER:
Registration for the 2015 competition is closed. Registration for the 2016 competition will open in the Fall of 2015.
HOW TO PREPARE:
Download and study the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain Facts and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain from the British Neuroscience Association and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. All questions for the competition come from these two books. Some sample questions are listed on the International Brain Bee site.
NYC BRAIN BEE STUDY SESSION
Each year, a two-part study session is organized to help registered students prepare for the NYC Brain Bee. The study session includes presentations and activities based on the Brain Facts and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain books, lab tours, a career panel, neuroethics discussions, and a practice Brain Bee. Only registered competitors may participate in the study session.
Questions? Please email BrainBee@dana.org or call (212) 401-1689.