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The Brain Bee at Michigan State University

Explore and Discover the Human Brain

Dive into Neuroscience

Have you ever wondered what makes you who you are? Why there is a blind spot in your vision? Why spinning around makes you dizzy? If so, you may have a growing interest in the field of neuroscience and have the chance to participate in the Brain Bee at MSU!

This competition enables students to learn about the brain and career opportunities in the neurosciences.

What is the Brain Bee?

The Brain Bee at MSU is a live Q and A competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students. Young men and women compete to determine who is the "best brain" on such topics as intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, Alzheimer's, and stroke. Participants can study this material by using Brain and Brain Facts (PDF).

All participants will receive a certificate of completion, a great addition to college applications!

The winner of the Brain Bee at MSU competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for the student and a guardian to attend the National Brain Bee Competition in Baltimore, Maryland in March. The student will also receive a new copy of a neuroscience textbook, and a $2000 fellowship* to MSU! Second and third place winners will be awarded a cash prize of $200 and $100, respectively.

The winner of the National Brain Bee (which could be our local champion) receives $1,500, a fellowship to work in the laboratory of a neuroscientist in the US during the summer and a trip for two to the International Brain Bee competition, which also has great prizes. There will also be prizes for second and third place winners at the National Brain Bee.

How to Register

Interested Michigan high school students should complete the registration form on our website. 

Participation is free for all interested students. The main goal of the Brain Bee is to allow all interested students to be exposed to the field of neuroscience and the opportunity to compete for a chance to win a spot at the US National Brain Bee.

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*A $2000 fellowship towards MSU tuition will be given to the winner of the Brain Bee at MSU provided s/he enrolls in the MSU Neuroscience Program as a full time freshman. The winner will be given a letter at the time of the reward, which s/he will need to bring to the NSP office along with his/her tuition bill his/her first semester and documentation showing s/he has declared a neuroscience major.