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Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee


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16th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

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

 Saturday, February 5, 2022

Virtual Event

 For Central Massachusetts High School Students in Grades 9-12

Students: To register for the 2022 Central Massachusetts Brain Bee, please visit here.

Student pre-registration is required. Registration closes 11:59 pm on Wednesday January 26, 2022. In addition, competitors must live in and/or attend school in Central Massachusetts, as defined 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. 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.

Tentative Schedule of events: Saturday, February 5, 2022

1:00 pm                    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)

2:15 – 2:45 pm         Keynote lecture "to be determined"

2:45 – 3:15 pm         Awards Ceremony & 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: