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2011 Indianapolis Brain Bee Winner Headed to National Competition

Release Date: 
Feb 11 2011

After 14 rounds of intense competition, Carmel High School Sophomore Vaibhav Vavilala was crowned the champion of the second annual Indianapolis Brain Bee on Saturday, February 5th, 2011, at IUPUI. Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, the Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition in which students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system.

Carmel high school student Vaibhav Vavilala, winner of the 2011 Indianapolis Brain Bee at IUPUI

Carmel high school student Vaibhav Vavilala, winner of the 2011 Indianapolis Brain Bee at IUPUI.

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“I found the subject quite interesting, and it made me study even deeper into neuroscience.” said Vavilala. As a part of winning the second annual Indianapolis Brain Bee, Vavilala was awarded a Dean’s scholarship to IUPUI and will receive an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore March 18th-19th. There he will compete against winners of the 43 other local Brain Bee competitions for the title of National Brain Bee Champion.

2011 Indianapolis Brain Bee at IUPUI

When asked about his upcoming trip to the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland, Vavilala stated, “I am ecstatic about going to Maryland! I am sure it will be an excellent experience. I look forward to meeting like-minded kids from different parts of the country and competing with them.”

Two other students from Carmel High School were also recognized for their accomplishments. Theja Bhamidipati was first runner up and Melinda Song received third place.

This day was about more than just the competition; the students were invited to take tours of the Honors College and also visited with current IUPUI psychology students who constructed poster displays summarizing the research they are conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Vavilala had a few words for those interested in neuroscience and future Brain Bee competitions; “Don't get intimidated by the subject: It really isn't that complicated. It does, however, require dedication and hard work.” He added, “Whether you win or not, the knowledge and study skills you gain will surely help you throughout high school and beyond.”

Financial support for the IUPUI Brain Bee was provided by Neurology Indiana.

The IUPUI Department of Psychology sponsors the local Brain Bee as part of the School of Science’s commitment to advancing scientific minds, and fostering community interest in the sciences. The Department of Psychology is recognized nationally and internationally for its world class research, teaching and service activities.

The School of Science is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy.