Frequently Asked Questions

  • Instructions for registering for the Los Angeles 2024 Brain Bee can be found on our Registration PagePlease register for the Brain Bee using this form by February 10th, 2024 at 11:59pm.
  • All student age 14-18 (on the day of the competition) in the United States may participate this year in the Los Angeles 2024 Brain Bee.
  • The Los Angeles 2024 Brain Bee will be held in person at USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute. Students must be able to attend the live competition in Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.
  • The first portion of the competition will be via an exam based on various neuroscience topics. The top 9 scorers will proceed to the next stage, where they will be expected to answer questions live in a game board-style Q&A. The second stage is open for public viewing. The responses will be scored by a panel of judges, and one winner will proceed to the USA National Brain Bee competition. We will send further details to registered participants at a later date.
  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am Check-In and Continental Breakfast (30 minutes)

    9:00 am – 9:15 am Introductions (15 minutes)

    9:15 am – 10:00 am Written Exam (45 minutes)

    10:00 am – 10:15 am Break (15 minutes)

    10:15 am – 11:15 am Demonstrations (60 minutes)

    11:15 am – 12:00 pm Lunch (45 minutes)

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote presentation (60 minutes)

    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Break (15 minutes)

    1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Jeopardy (45 minutes)

    3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Professional Panel (45 minutes)

    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Awards (15 minutes)

  • By participating, students learn about the brain and its vital function in our lives. They gain an appreciation for neuroscience that might one day inspire them to become neurologists or neuroscientists who treat and conquer the very diseases covered in the Brain Bee. Participation could also be included on job and college applications and each participant will receive a certificate for their efforts.
  • Download and study Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience, and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.
  • No, all questions will come from these two books.
  • The winner of the Los Angeles Brain Bee will be invited to participate in the National Brain Bee. More information about competition at the national level can be found here.