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Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee


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15th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

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

 Saturday, March 20, 2021

Virtual Event

 For Central Massachusetts High School Students in Grades 9-12

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. 

However, student pre-registration is required. Registration closes 11:59 pm on Monday, March 15, 2021.

In addition, competitors must live and/or attend school in Central Massachusetts as defined here.

This year, the competition will be based upon a written exam administered through an online testing application and zoom. The questions will include multiple choice and short-answer questions, on nervous system function, diseases, neuroanatomy and diagnosing a neuropsychiatric disease from a written description.

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.

Keynote Lecture
"Gene Therapy for Tay Sachs Disease"
Heather Gray-Edwards, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

 Schedule of events: Saturday March 20, 2021

1:00 – 1:05 pm          Registered Competitors Log in to Zoom Room A
1:05 – 1:15 pm          Welcome. Check-in. Review Instructions and Code of Conduct.
1:15 – 1:25 pm          Assignment to Breakout Rooms. Proctors will view Student surroundings.
1:25 – 2:00 pm          Brain Bee Competition using Zoom and online testing software
2:00 – 2:30 pm          Scoring/ Break (or Competition, in case of technical difficulties)
2:20 – 2:30 pm          Log in to Zoom Room B. Open to all: Competitors, Teachers, Family and Community Members
2:30 – 3:00 pm          Keynote lecture "Gene therapy for Tay Sachs Disease," by Heather Gray-Edwards, DVM, PhD
3:00 – 3:15 pm          Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

STUDENT REGISTRATION: To register for the 2021 Central Massachusetts Brain Bee, please visit here.

Registration closes 11:59 pm on Monday, March 15, 2021.

For more information on our procedures and the Honor Code Document, visit here.

Teachers, Parents, Volunteers and Future Competitors – Mailing List

To receive information about how to access Zoom Room B (for 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: