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Registration Now Open for Fourth Annual Brain Bee at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Oct 30 2012

High School Students to Compete for Title of Indiana Brain Bee Champion

(INDIANAPOLIS) Students from across Indiana will gather again in January on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to compete in the annual contest dedicated to knowledge of the human brain and nervous system.

Registration for the Indiana Brain Bee, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2013, is now open at http://www.science.iupui.edu/iupuibrainbee. The site also includes a downloadable study guide. Registration closes on Jan. 18.

Operating much like a traditional spelling bee, students from grades 9-12 will be asked to answer questions regarding the brain and nervous system. A third incorrect answer will eliminate students from the competition.

The Brain Bee continues until a single student remains. The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship to IUPUI and an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee competition, planned for March 2013 at the University of Maryland.

2012 Brain Bee“The Brain Bee serves as a great opportunity for high school students to learn about neuroscience and be exposed to more difficult and challenging material than they are used to seeing in high school. Participants are among the best young scientists in the state,” said Bethany Neal Beliveau, Ph.D., director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology at the School of Science at IUPUI.

The School of Science, along with the Departments of Psychology and Biology, sponsor the local competition, one of several held in more than 25 states across the country. The winner of the local Brain Bee advances to the national competition, and that winner then advances to the International Brain Bee competition, consisting of students from more than 30 countries.

The Brain Bee is designed to motivate young men and women to learn about the human brain and to inspire them to enter careers in the basic and clinical brain sciences. IUPUI recently launched a new undergraduate program in neuroscience, which is predicted to be among one of the highest growth fields in Indiana and across the country.