The Brain Bee is a program designed especially to stimulate high school students to learn about neuroscience. Like a Spelling Bee, the Brain Bee allows students to compete with each other in their knowledge of neuroscience. The competition involves a written exam which includes a practical component involving neuroanatomy. Participants advancing to the next round compete with each other in a Jeopardy style Q and A. The winner of the Local Brain Bee will move on to participate in the National Brain Bee. Take a look at our FAQ page to find out how you can prepare for the Brain Bee!


Only students age 13-19 on the day of competitions may compete. The same age requirement extends to the National and World competitions (March 2018 and June 2018 respectively). No student is allowed to participate in more than one Local Brain Bee each school year, and students are only allowed to compete in the International Brain Bee Championship once. (Former International Competitors are, however, allowed to participate in Local and National Bees each year.)

Registration for the 2018 Brain Bee is open! Fill out this registration form.

Date and location:  February 3rd, 2017 at USC:

Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

1501 San Pablo Street

Los Angeles, CA 90033

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