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What is it?

The International Brain Bee is an academic competition for 9-12 grade students who are interested in learning more about neuroscience, the study of the nervous system. 


How does a Brain Bee work?

The Brain Bee is a competition in which you test your knowledge about nervous system cells, neuropathology, and the structure and/or function of specific brain regions and landmarks.  All questions are taken from the Society for Neuroscience publication, Brain Facts (download by clicking here). Also check out other Brain Bee websites for practice questions. Everyone competes individually by writing their answers on a dry erase board and points are given to correct answers. There is also a practical section where students will identify brain structures on models (see picture below). At the end of the competition, the points are tallied up and the person with the most correct answers wins. The winner and one chaperon will get an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the national Brain Bee on March 18-20, 2016, in Baltimore, MD! 

Brain (small)


What else happens at the Brain Bee?Bee (small)

Participants in the event will receive certificates and tee shirts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top contenders ($100 1st place, $50 2nd place, $25 3rd place*). The winner and one chaperone will get an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the national Brain Bee on March 18-20th, 2016, in Baltimore, MD. Competitors will participate in several neuroscience learning activities and games led by UAA Neuroscience students. Food will also be served for the participants and their parents.


When and Where is the Brain Bee?

UAA will host the 5th Annual Alaskan Brain Bee on February 6, 2016 at the Anchorage Museum in downtown Anchorage (625 C St), from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

I want to be a part of the Brain Bee!!! How do I register to participate?

At this time, registration is limited to Alaska residents only. To sign up, please complete the registration form by clicking on the tab on the left.  You will need your parent’s permission if you are under 17.


Do you want to hear more about Neuroscience outreach at UAA? Other questions?

Email or call the organizer, Dr. Caroline Wilson:, 786-6975

(*All award winners will be required to supply their social security # and will be subject to federal taxation.)


 The 4th Annual Alaska Brain Bee Competition

2015 Brain Bee Competition Article

***Click on the image to download the article today!***


BIOL A490 Daniel Harper and Kenneth Shin poster


Biological Sciences 490 students Daniel Harper and Kenneth Shin created this poster for the Brain Bee participants at the 2012 Brain Bee. 







2013 BB Students promote research

At the 2013 Brain Bee, Biological Science students (in green, left to right) Kris Auza, Janine Ray, Ashley Newell, and Kristine Burke learn about Braille from a parent of a Brain Bee participant.A large goal of the Brain Bee is to promote outreach about neuroscience research.