Brain Bee photos: Jacqueline Silberbush
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
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 NYC Regional Brain Bee Competition!
First Place: Winsome Ching, Stanford Online High School
Second Place: Nicholas Reina, Saint Joseph by the Sea High School
Third Place: Ryan Bose-Roy, Hunter College High School
The 2017 competition was held on Saturday, February 4th, at Columbia University. Forty-five students from 29 New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island high schools competed in the event.
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. Students must be registered in advance.
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:
A high school's science administrator/faculty member must register their school and submit their competitors' names using the online registration form. After registering, please review the competition rules and contact the Dana Alliance with any questions. A Photo & Media Release Form must be completed for each competitor.
Registration is closed for the 2017 competition. Registration will open for the 2018 competition in the Fall.
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
A two-part study session, organized by Columbia University graduate and undergraduate students, is held 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.