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The Brain Bee is a local and international Question & Answer competition, similar to a spelling bee, which tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students on such topics as brain structures, learning, memory, sleep, vision, and movement. All questions require one-word, or one-phrase answers, and come from the 2018 edition of the book “Brain Facts,” available for download through BrainFacts.org. Please link to: https://www.brainfacts.org/the-brain-facts-book. A limited number of hard copies will be provided by contacting Dr. Levison (see below).
In a three-step process, a regional competition are held first throughout North America. The regional winners are then invited to the National Brain Bee championship competition at the University of Maryland during Brain Awareness Week. The National Brain Bees are the second qualifying round of the International Brain Bee (IBB) competition where the winners from each country's National Brain Bee will be invited to the International Brain Bee competition.
The Newark NJ Regional Brain Bee will next be held on Sunday, February 21st, 2021.
The Newark NJ Brain Bee will start at 1:00 pm using Zoom
Registration is free and open to all students who wish to participate. Please click on the Registration Link to register. Registered students will receive an e-mail confirmation and further information by email prior to the competition date (directions, room location, etc.).
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Cash prizes for the Newark NJ Brain Bee will be provided for first through third places:
First place: $300 | Second place: $200 | Third place: $100.
In addition, reasonable travel expenses (lodging, food and transportation) will be reimbursed in accordance with University policy, to the first place winner to attend the National Brain Bee competition in Maryland in March (competitor + parent/guardian). Also, the winner of the Regional competition will be eligible for a stipend and summer internship in the laboratory of a neuroscientist.
The US National Champion will receive $1,500, a paid summer internship with an esteemed neuroscientist, and a trip for two to the International Brain Bee Championship. The second place finisher will receive $1,000, and the third place finisher will receive $500.
Currently, the winner of the International Brain Bee Championship will be awarded $3,000, a summer research fellowship with an acclaimed neuroscientist, a traveling trophy for display at his or her school and an all expenses paid trip to the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. The second place finisher will receive $2,000, and the third place finisher will receive $1,000.
Information on the Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee Competition sponsored by RWJMS may be found at: http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/neuroscience/BrainBee/BrainBee.html
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Rutgers Newark Regional Brain Bee Rules
Students may enter only one regional brain bee competition.
A panel of neuroscientists will serve as judges and score-keepers, and their decisions will be final.
The Competition Format
The competition will have two phases.
All contestants will be provided with a 100 question Qualtrix Exam that they will take under the supervision of their high school STEM instructor the week of February 8th.
The top 10 students will proceed to phase II.
An online Brain Bee will be conducted where questions will be given to the students as a whole.
The competitors will be provided 20 seconds to record their answers. After each question the judges will evaluate each competitor's answer.
At the end of phase II the judges will tally up the answers from each student. The student with most correct answers will be declared the winner of the 2021 Newark Brain Bee. Second and 3rd place winners also will be announced.
If there is a tie for 1st place, then a third round of questioning will take place.
The name of the individual winner will be submitted to the organizers of the National Brain Bee, which will be hosted by the Northeastern Ohio Medical University as an entirely virtual event on April 9-11.
Meet the Participants of the 2020 Newark NJ Brain Bee
Twenty-nine students representing 16 high schools participated in the Rutgers Newark New Jersey Regional Brain Bee held on the RBHS Newark campus on February 9th, 2020. Congratulations to Angela Lin (Academy for Allied Health Sciences) who took first place. Congratulations also to Badri Raghavan from Montville Township High School who took 2nd place; Keshav Ratra (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North) and Aravind Krishnan (Hillsborough High School) who tied for 3rd place. Also, pictured are event organizers, Dolunay Kanal Hur (SGS, Master's student), Terri Wood, (NJMS Faculty), Steven Levison (NJMS Faculty) and Michelle Frondelli (SGS, 5th yr PhD Student).
Organizer for the Newark NJ Brain Bee:
Steven W. Levison, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Laboratory for Regenerative Neurobiology
Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
RBHS-New Jersey Medical School
Cancer Center, H-1226
205 South Orange Ave
Newark, NJ, 07103
PH (973) 972-5162
Fax (973) 972-2668
John Yang went on to win the 2019 National Brain Bee
Left to right
Julia Collin, Piscataway, New Jersey, Second Place
John Yang, Newark, New Jersey, First Place
Claire Wang, Los Angeles, California, Third Place
Meet the Participants of the 2019 Newark NJ Brain Bee
Twenty-nine students representing 16 high schools participated in the Rutgers Newark New Jersey Regional Brain Bee held on the RBHS Newark campus on February 10th, 2019. Congratulations to John Yang from Princeton High School (1st place) and to Angela Lin, Academy for Allied Health Sciences and Claire Ho from Ridge High School who tied for 2nd place. Also pictured are event organizers, Vanessa Swantic (NJMS, 2nd yr), Michelle Frondelli, (SGS, 3rd yr), Vincent Dodson (NJMS, 4th yr), Steven Levison (NJMS Faculty) and Hunter Lanovoi (SGS, 1st yr).