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Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

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UMass Chan Medical School Will Host 

the 18th Annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee

March 16, 2024

Registration is now closed.

Teachers, Parents, and Future Competitors:

To be added to our 2024 and future Brain Bee's e-mail distribution list, please complete the Signup Form


If you planning to attend (e.g., teachers, classmates, or family members), please send your name and email address to so we can preregister you with security, to save time on arrival.

 Volunteer to help with the 2024 Central Mass Brain Bee. 

Tentative Schedule 


About The Brain Bee

The Brain Bee was founded in 1998 by Dr. Norbert Myslinski at the University of Maryland as a neuroscience competition for high school students. Since then it has grown into an international competition promoting knowledge of neuroscience and interest in neuroscience-related careers.

The winners of Regional Brain Bees go on to compete at National Brain Bees, and National Bee winners compete in the International Brain Bee. The 2024 USA National Brain Bee is being planned for the weekend of April 19-21, 2024 at the University of Central Florida. The winner of the Central Massachusetts Brain Bee and a chaperone will be supported to attend the USA National Brain Bee. The Central Massachusetts Brain Bee is sponsored by the Departments of Neurobiology, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry and Radiology and the NeuroNexus Institute at UMass Chan Medical School.

Eligibility: The Central Massachusetts Brain Bee is open to Central Massachusetts high school students in Grades 9-12. For the purposes of this competition, Central Massachusetts is defined as shown Here  

(If you do not reside or go to high school in Central Massachusetts, you may consider participating in the Boston University Brain Bee, to be held on March 24, 2024. Please note: Contestants can only participate in one regional Brain Bee per calendar year. 

There is no cost to participate and no limit to the number of students who may attend from any given school. Guests (teachers, teammates and family members) may attend. An educational activity will be scheduled for these guests while the competitors are taking the written portion of the test.

Teachers, Parents, and Future Competitors – Join The Mailing List 
To be added to our Brain Bee e-mail Distribution list, complete the Form 
Note, the form has been revised in January 2024, so completing the form again is helpful if you want to receive information indefinitely (e.g., teachers)

Resources For Brain Bee Participants. Resources

Brain Bee questions are based on material in two books:

Brain Facts (2018) – FREE Download 
Available as pdf, epub and MOBI files, or listen to it as an audio book through Sound Cloud

Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain FREE Download 

Additional resources:

Officially released Sample Questions (n=15:)

How To Prepare: Components of the USA National Bee (mimicked by most regional Bees) Click Here

Web Resources For Neuroanatomy Include:  University of Maryland For The Competitor