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Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

14th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

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

Saturday, February 1, 2020
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Albert Sherman Center, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA

For Massachusetts High School Students in Grades 9-12

Registration is now CLOSED.

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 Massachusetts high school students.  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 2018 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, receive a 3-day trip to the U.S. National Brain Bee competition at Northeast Ohio Medical School on March 27-29, 2020.

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.


Student registration is now CLOSED.