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2012 Indianapolis Brain Bee Winner Headed to National Competition

Release Date: 
Jan 21 2012

Akshay KumarCarmel high school student Akshay Kumar, winner of the 2012 Indianapolis Brain Bee at IUPUI.

Brain Bee 2012 Finalists L to R: Rachel Larson – Greenfield Central High School, Courtney DelaCuesta – Homestead High School, Harsha Vemuri – Carmel High School, Akshay Kumar – Carmel High School, Rui Tong – Carmel High School, Melissa Lopez – Herron High School

After several rounds of intense competition, Carmel High School Junior Akshay Kumar was crowned the champion of the third annual Indianapolis Brain Bee on Saturday, February 5th, 2012, 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

As a part of winning the third annual Indianapolis Brain Bee, Kumar 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 4th-5th. There he will compete against winners of the 43 other local Brain Bee competitions for the title of National Brain Bee Champion.

Two other students from Carmel High School were also recognized for their accomplishments.  Harsha Vemuri and Rui Tong were runners-up at this contest. This day was about more than just the competition; the students visited with current IUPUI psychology students who constructed poster displays summarizing the research they are conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

View photos from the 2012 Indianapolis Brain Bee

Financial support for the IUPUI Brain Bee was provided by both the Department of Psychology and Department of Biology at IUPUI.

The IUPUI Departments 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.