- Who is eligible to participate?
- What does it cost to participate?
- What are the benefits of participating?
- I do not live in Lansing. Can I still participate?
- How can I register?
- What is the format of the Brain Bee?
- How can I prepare?
- Are there sample questions available?
- What are the differences between local, national, and international brain bee competitions?
- How many brain bees can I participate in?
Who is eligible to participate?
All high school students in the state of Michigan, including home-schooled students, are able to participate in the Brain Bee at MSU. Individuals must be between 14 and 18 years of age at the time of the competition.
What does it cost to participate?
There is no cost to register for the Brain Bee at MSU.
What are the benefits of participating?
Everyone who particpates in the Brain Bee at MSU will receive a certificate of completion.
The winner of the Brain Bee at MSU competition will receive $800 toward travel costs (airfare, hotel, and registration) for the student and a guardian to attend the National Brain Bee Competition. The student will also receive a new copy of a neuroscience book, and a $2000 fellowship* to MSU!
The Second Place winner will receive $200.
The Third Place winner will receive $100.
The winner of the National Brain Bee will receive $1500, a paid summer internship with an esteemed neuroscientist, and a trip for two to the International Brain Bee Championship.
International Brain Bee prizes include scholarships, travel awards, trophies and research assignments. Currently, the winner of the International Brain Bee Championship will be awarded $3000, a summer research fellowship with an acclaimed neuroscientist, and a traveling trophy for display at his or her school. The second place finisher will receive $2000, and the third place finisher will receive $1000
*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 Physiology Department office along with his/her tuition bill his/her first semester and documentation showing s/he has declared a neuroscience major.
I do not live in Lansing. Can I still participate?
Individuals that do not live in the Greater Lansing area can still participate in the Brain Bee at MSU. However, other brain bees do exist in Michigan, so those individuals should determine if another local bee is closer:
Brain Bee at Central Michigan. Find them on Facebook (Mid-Michigan Brain Bee).
Brain Bee at Western Michigan
What is the format of the Brain Bee?
The Brain Bee at MSU will consist of three rounds of competition. Session I will be a multiple-choice written exam. Session II will be an oral question and answer session. Session III will be the Championship Round. Further information can be found on our Event Overview page and our Event Rules page.
How can I prepare?
The best way to prepare for the Brain Bee at MSU is to study the Brain Facts (PDF or audio book), a booklet published by the Society for Neuroscience. Finally, visit our Preparation Guide for additional study material. More info can be found on our Preparation page.
All questions will be based upon information found in Brain Facts. Neuroscience research is constantly updating our knowledge of the brain and nervous system, but to make our competition fair for all students, only content covered in Brain Facts will be considered correct. Information based on other sources cannot be accepted.
What are the differences between local, national, and international brain bee competitions?
The questions used in local brain bees will be based on material found in Brain Facts, a booklet published by the Society for Neuroscience. Most local bees consist of only written and oral questions.
The National Brain Bee will cover material from Brain Facts as well as Neuroscience: the Science of the Brain (a booklet published by the British Neuroscience Association) and information that can be found in a basic neuroanatomy or neurophysiology textbook. The National Brain Bee will consist of written and oral questions as well as neuroanatomy, neurohistology, and patient diagnoses.
The International Brain Bee will use the same study materials as the National Brain Bee and will have similar testing sessions.
How many brain bees can I participate in?
Each individual may participate in one local brain bee per year. Students are only allowed to participate at the national and international level one time.