NEOMED is offering a free program for high school students interested in potential careers in neuroscience. Students ages 14 through 18 have the opportunity to participate in Northeast Ohio Medical University’s seventh annual Brain Bee, a competition that will test their knowledge of neuroscience.
The Brain Bee will take place Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at NEOMED. The first-place winner will advance to compete in the National Brain Bee Competition in April, which will be hosted by NEOMED for the first time. The University has a proud Brain Bee tradition: In each of the past three national competitions, the winner of the regional Bee held on NEOMED’s campus has finished in the top five.
The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 and is the worldwide neuroscience competition for high school students. The competition motivates students to learn about the brain and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders. The Brain Bee test students’ knowledge of the human brain regarding such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing and sensations.
Free monthly tutoring sessions are available on Saturdays to help students prepare for the Brain Bee. Sessions will occur Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9, 2021, at NEOMED.
“Participating in a regional Brain Bee is a great way for high school students to foster academic relationships with neuroscientists and meet students with similar interests from other local high schools,” said Dana Peterson, Ph.D., M.Ed., associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, and the founder of the Brain Bee at NEOMED. “We are excited to offer monthly preparatory Brain Bees tutoring sessions. We see these sessions as a way to extend and reinforce these important mentoring relationships between NEOMED faculty and staff and area high school students.”