2016 Brain Bee at MSU Winners

High school students from as far as Traverse City, Flint, and Detroit traveled to MSU on Saturday, February 6, 2016 to spend the afternoon tackling neuroscience test questions at the sixth annual Brain Bee at MSU. The Brain Bee is a competition that tests students 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.

The first place winner of the Brain Bee at MSU, Varun Sathyan, a junior from Athens High School in Troy will travel to compete in the National Brain Bee March 18-20 in Baltimore, MD. He also received a copy of The Mind’s Machine, an undergraduate neuroscience textbook authored by MSU’s Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience Marc Breedlove, and a fellowship to MSU if he declares a Neuroscience major. Omer Siddiqui, a junior from Detroit Country Day, and Shrikant Chand, a sophomore from Detroit Country Day, were the second and third place winners, respectively. See more photos of the event on our Facebook Photo Album.

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 hosts the annual Neuroscience Fair, which will take place on March 19, 2016, visits local schools during Brain Awareness Week, runs a 2 week summer camp as part of the MST@MSU Program, and volunteers for local science fairs, the Middle School Girl’s Math and Science Day, the MSU Science Festival, and the Prime Time Seniors Program. For more information on the Neuroscience Program and our outreach activities, visit the Neuroscience Program Outreach website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.