|The Brain Bee is a local and international Question & Answer competition, similar to a spelling bee, which tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students on such topics as brain structures, learning, memory, sleep, vision, and movement. All questions require one-word, or one-phrase answers, and come from the book “Brain Facts,” available for download through the Brain Bee competition website at the Society of Neuroscience website.|
In a three-step process, a regional competition are held first throughout North America. The regional winners are then invited to the National Brain Bee championship competition at the University of Maryland during Brain Awareness Week. The National Brain Bees are the second qualifying round of the International Brain Bee (IBB) competition where the winners from each country's National Brain Bee will be invited to the International Brain Bee competition.
The UMDNJ Northern NJ Regional Brain Bee is sponsored jointly by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Vice President for Research.
The 2013 UMDNJ Northern NJ Regional Brain Bee is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 10th, 2013 at the Medical Sciences Building of New Jersey Medical School.
The Northern NJ Brain Bee will start at 1:00 pm.
UMDNJ will reimburse, per University guidelines, reasonable travel related expenses for our regional winner and a parent or guardian to attend the National competition in Maryland. In addition, the winner of the UMDNJ Regional competition will be eligible for a stipend and summer internship in the laboratory of a UMDNJ neuroscientist.
The US National Champion will receive $1,500, a paid summer internship with an esteemed neuroscientist, and a trip for two to the International Brain Bee Championship. The second place finisher will receive $1,000, and the third place finisher will receive $500.
Currently, the winner of the International Brain Bee Championship will be awarded $3,000, a summer research fellowship with an acclaimed neuroscientist, a traveling trophy for display at his or her school and an all expenses paid trip to the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. The second place finisher will receive $2,000, and the third place finisher will receive $1,000.
The 2013 Central NJ Brain Bee is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, February 9, 2013
from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
More information may be found at: http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/neuroscience/BrainBee/BrainBee.html
|Brain Facts||Sample Questions|
UMDNJ Regional Brain Bee Rules
Students may enter only one Regional brain bee competition.
A panel of neuroscientists will serve as judges and score-keepers, and their decisions will be final.
The Competition Format
The competition will be conducted in the “same questions for all, written answer” format.
Each question will be given to the group as a whole.
The competitors will be provided 20 seconds to write their answers on an answer sheet. After each question (or round), the head judge will evaluate each competitor’s answer.
Competitors with correct answers will continue to the next round.
The recorder will indicate when a contestant is eliminated.
If, at the end of a round, only one person has correctly answered the question, then that person is declared the winner.
The name of the individual winner will be submitted to the organizers of the National Brain Bee, which will be held in March at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.