2015 Brain Bee at MSU Winners

Twenty-nine high schools students from all around Michigan competed in the fifth annual Brain Bee at MSU on Saturday, January 31. Students were tested on their neuroscience knowledge with a multiple choice written exam and two oral Q&A rounds. Topics included intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, neuronal signaling, sleep, and numerous neurological diseases.
 
Participants prepared by studying BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience. Additionally, students could attend weekend workshops, hands-on neuroscience laboratory experiences. This year, workshops included a sheep brain dissection and a neurological disease diagnostic session.
 
The first place winner of the Brain Bee at MSU, Amy Li, a junior from Troy high school will travel to compete in the National Brain Bee March 20-21 in Baltimore, MD. She also received a copy of Biological Psychology, an undergraduate neuroscience textbook coauthored by MSU’s Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience Marc Breedlove and a fellowship to MSU if she declares a Neuroscience major. Omer Siddiqui, a sophomore from Detroit Country Day, and Scott MacGuidwin, a senior from Okemos, were the second and third place winners.
 
For more information on the Brain Bee at MSU, visit brainbee.natsci.msu.edu or follow Brain Bee at MSU on Facebook and Twitter.  The organizing team for this event was Drs. Casey Henley and Jenny Taylor and graduate student outreach fellow Zachary Grieb. 
 
The MSU Neuroscience Program faculty and graduate students take great pride in their outreach efforts. In addition to the annual Brain Bee at MSU, the program also hosts the Neuroscience Fair on March 21, 2015, visits local schools during Brain Awareness Week, March 16-20 and volunteers for local science fairs, the annual Girl’s Math and Science Conference, and the Prime Time Seniors Program. For more info on the Neuroscience Program and our outreach activities, visit www.neuroscience.msu.edu