2017 Brain Bee at MSU Winners

2017 Brain Bee at MSU Winners

Over forty high school students from as far as Traverse City, Flint, and Detroit traveled to MSU on Sunday, February 5, 2017 to spend the afternoon tackling neuroscience test questions at the seventh 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, Deniz Kirca, a freshman from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor will travel to compete in the National Brain Bee March 17-19 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. At the National competition, Deniz will compete in oral and written tests, as well as patient diagnostic, neuroanatomy, and neurohistology sessions. 

Madhav Ramesh, a freshman from Troy Athens High School, and Hassan Siddiqui, a sophomore from Detroit Country Day, were the second and third place winners, respectively. 

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 25, 2017, 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.