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2nd Annual IUPUI Brain Bee to Test Brain Power of Local High School Students

Release Date: 
Jan 31 2011

DATE: Saturday, February 5, 2011

TIME: 10am-12pm

LOCATION: Lilly Auditorium. Located on the first (basement) floor of University Library, 755 W. Michigan Street

Forty-one high school students will have an opportunity to prove their brain power by competing in 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.

The IUPUI Brain Bee contest is one of many scheduled in the United States and throughout the world leading up to the International Brain Bee. The regional contest is organized and judged by the Department of Psychology faculty from School of Science at IUPUI. The contest aims to motivate young people to learn about the brain, capture their imagination and inspire them to pursue careers in brain-related fields.

In addition to a $2500 scholarship to IUPUI, the first place winner of the IUPUI Brain Bee will receive an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The national competition will be held March 18-19, 2011, to coincide with Brain Awareness Week. The winner of the National Bee will be invited to compete in the International Brain Bee Championship on Saturday, July 16 in Florence, Italy, part of the International Brain Research Organization Congress from July 14 to July 18.

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

Students from 10 high schools in the Indianapolis area, La Porte, and Ohio have spent months preparing for the competition by studying a 74-page primer on the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience. Like a spelling bee, each student will be asked questions in turn. When a question is answered incorrectly the student will be asked to be seated and they will not be asked further questions. The Brain Bee will continue until a single student remains, having answered all of his/her questions correctly.

“We are extremely pleased with the interest in the second year of this event – registration this year has doubled and we have some extremely motivated students vying for the title of Indiana’s Brain Bee Champion”, said Kathy Johnson, professor of psychology and chair of the Psychology Department. “Most importantly, the students are learning about the brain and discovering the vast opportunities in neuroscience research.”

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. For more information visit science.iupui.edu