Group Photo CCNBB 2012
Sixth Annual Competition
June 1, 2013
On June 1st the top high school students from across Canada will be at McMaster University to compete for the right to be called the best brain in Canada. These are the students who won their regional competitions, so we already know they are the top of their class. They have been studying for weeks to prepare for challenging events that will test theirknowledge of neuroscience and their skills at patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy. On June 1st one of these students will rise above the others to take the championship.
There are great prizes and recognition: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will take home trophies and cash prizes ($1500 for first place; $1000 second place; $500 third place). The very top student will also take home a travelling trophy to display at their school for one year, and will be given the opportunity to work as a summer intern in a neuroscience laboratory. The top student will also win a trip for two people to Vienna, Austria in September 2013.
The challenge is not over for the best brain in Canada -- this 1stplace champion will represent Canada at the International Brain Bee (IBB). The IBB willl be held in Vienna, Austria, in conjunction with the 21st World Congress of Neurology (September 21-26, 2013).
Please refer to Preparing for the National for information on how to start studying, what will take place on the day of the event (currently a tentative schedule), and more! The preliminary schedule is available there now.
What is a Brain Bee?
The Brain Bee is a competition for high school students, grades 9 through 12. Students study topics on memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain-imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, and brain disease (just to list a few). It is designed to stimulate interest and excitement about the brain and neuroscience research and it is an exciting opportunity for high school students. The International Brain Bee was established in the 90's by Dr. Norbert Myslinski at the University of Maryland. The brain bee brings the students to the local university in their region to meet students and professors who are doing brain research. It is an avenue of communication, through media and students, to raise awareness of brain research in the community. It is a mechanism to attract bright young minds to the study of neuroscience.