Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

12th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

Hosted by the Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMass Memorial Health Care

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm
UMass Medical School - Albert Sherman Center
Worcester, MA

Congratulations to last year's winner - Vishwanath Rao from Acton-Boxborough High School!
More infomation and photos from the 2017 Central Massaschusetts Regional Brain Bee can be seen here.

The Brain Bee is a nationwide program created by the Society for Neuroscience to bolster high school student interest in medical and laboratory neuroscience careers. It's like a spelling bee, but for neuroscience facts! Massachusetts high school students compete for the opportunity to represent our region in the U.S. National Brain Bee. If you are an adrenaline junky, you will love the final round of the Brain Bee. It's a fabulous and fun day for students, teachers, and families. 

The Central Massachusetts Brain Bee is open to high school students from Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester, and Franklin Counties, as well as students who attend schools in the western half of Middlesex County.  There is no cost to participate and no limit to the number of students who may attend from any given school.  Parents, friends, and colleagues are welcome to attend the afternoon keynote presentation and oral Brain Bee competition at UMass Medical School (after 2:30 pm).

The competition will combine point scores for:

  1. A 25 question written multiple choice test (75 pts.)
  2. Neuro-anatomy: identification of labeled parts of human brain models (20 pts.)
  3. Diagnosis of neuropsychiatric conditions presented by "patient actors" (5 pts.)

The ten highest scorers then compete in a round robin oral questioning period until a winner is determined.

Brain Bee questions are based on material in Brain Facts (download Brain Facts) and from Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain (download Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain).

In addition to the competition, a local expert will give a brief presentation on an exciting development in neuroscience.

The winner of the Central MA Regional Brain Bee, and a chaperone, will receive a 3-day trip to the U.S. National Brain Bee in Baltimore, MD, to be held March 15-18, 2018.

We are very excited that we are able to continue to bring this opportunity to Massachusetts high school students!


Sign up for the Brain Bee email distribution list here.


Register for the Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee here.