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Maine’s First Regional Brain Bee to Test Students’ Neuro-Knowledge

Added on: December 10, 2012

Information Webinar Planned for January 18

Brain BeeMACHIAS, Maine – High school students from throughout Maine will get a chance to test their knowledge of neuroscience when the University of Maine at Machias hosts the first Maine Regional Brain Bee in February.

The Brain Bee is being planned by the Psychology and Community Studies program at UMM with support from faculty at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Open to students in grades 9-12, the regional competition is associated with the International Brain Bee, a not-for-profit neuroscience competition founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski of the University of Maryland. The competition is intended to increase high school students’ interest in the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in brain research. There are currently 150 Brain Bee chapters in 30 countries on six continents.

“As an external competition, the Brain Bee promotes quality learning and enhances the background of future psychologists,” said Dr. Uriah Anderson, assistant professor of psychology at UMM. “By bringing high school students to a college campus in the pursuit of academic excellence, we also hope to raise their aspirations.”

One of the collaborators from UMPI, Dr. Rachael Hannah, a neuroscientist and assistant professor of biology, will be serving as the official judge. Hannah helped initiate the Vermont Regional Brain Bee competition and plans to bring high school students from Aroostook County.

The winner of the Maine Regional Brain Bee will be eligible to compete in the National Brain Bee, held at the University of Maryland in March.

The UMM Admissions Office will provide lunch and a tour of the campus for participants, parents, and chaperones. There will also be neuroscience demonstrations before and after the Brain Bee competition to further promote psychological science to participants and non-participants alike. Students from Dr. Lois-Ann Kuntz’s Physiological Psychology course and others will be assisting with the competition.  

A free webinar will be held on Friday, January 18 to allow potential participants, parents, high school advisors, and guidance counselors from across the state to learn more about the event, try their hand at sample questions, and ask any questions they may have about the competition. Organizers will also provide potential participants with free access to an online study course developed by UMM faculty to help them prepare for the competition.

The deadline to register for the competition is Friday, January 25. The Brain Bee will be held on Saturday, February 2 beginning at noon in the UMM Science Building.

To register or for more information, please contact Lois-Ann Kuntz at lkuntz@maine.edu with “Brain Bee” in the subject line or visit www.machias.edu/maine-brain-bee.

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