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Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

16th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Congratulations to Ananya Kumar of Hopkinton High School

2022 Central Massachusetts Brain Bee Champion
and Recipient of the Andrew Sheridan ‘Young Investigator Award’

 See the UMass Chan Med School news story on the event here.

Hosted by the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurobiology and the NeuroNexus Institute
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Please check back in January 2023
for information on the 2023 Central Massachusetts Brain Bee


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. Central Massachusetts high school students will compete for the opportunity to represent our region in the U.S. National Brain Bee.

The Central Massachusetts Brain Bee is open to Central Massachusetts high school students in Grades 9-12. There is no cost to participate and no limit to the number of students who may attend from any given school. 

Virtual Format: This year (as in 2022), the competition will be based on a written exam administered through an online testing application and zoom. The questions will include multiple choice and short answer questions on nervous system anatomy, function, and diseases, and diagnosing a neurological or psychiatric disease from a written description. For more information on our procedures and the Honor Code Document, visit here.

In addition to the competition, this year’s Brain Bee will feature a keynote presentation on an exciting development in neuroscience. The keynote lecture is open to all. To receive information on how to attend virtually, please sign up for the mailing list below.

Schedule of events: Saturday, February 5, 2022

1:00 pm                    Participants Only - Brain Bee Competition

Welcome. Check-in. Review Instructions and Code of Conduct.
Brain Bee Competition using Zoom and online testing software.
Scoring/ Break (or Competition, in case of technical difficulties).
The zoom link will be sent to participants in advance).

Events Open to the Public:

Please connect using this webinar link:
https://umassmed.zoom.us/j/96036382894?pwd=Y0VjRUtKUFl6NkpGcWJUNCt4VUJCQT09
Passcode: 426862

2:15 – 2:40 pm         Keynote lecture “My brain is playing tricks on me”

Presented by Dr. Ika Noviawaty, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Member, NeuroNexus Institute
UMass Chan Medical School

2:45 – 3:15 pm          Announcement of Top Finishers

Presentation of the Andrew Sheridan ‘Young Investigator Award’
Closing Remarks

Teachers, Parents, Volunteers and Future Competitors – Mailing List

To receive information about how to access the Keynote lecture and Awards Ceremony, and/or to be added to our new Brain Bee e-mail Distribution list, complete the form here.

We are very excited to be able to continue to bring this opportunity to Central Massachusetts high school students. We look forward to your participation!

RESOURCES For Brain Bee Participants:

Brain Bee questions are based on material in two books:

Brain Facts (2018) – FREE download here.  

Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain – FREE download here.  

Additional resources:

Chapters of an earlier edition of the Brain Facts book are available as podcasts here.

A resources page for the U.S. National Brain Bee has downloadable study sheets available here.

Additional web resources for neuroanatomy are:
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/nsdivide.html
http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/HISTHTML/NEURANAT/NEURANCA.html http://www.getbodysmart.com/ap/nervoussystem/cns/brain/menu/menu.html