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Registration Deadline Nears for High School Neuroscience Knowledge Competition

Added on: January 23, 2013

Brain BeeMACHIAS, Maine – The registration deadline for the first Maine Regional Brain Bee is drawing near. High school students have until Friday, January 25 to register for the free neuroscience knowledge competition, which will be held on Saturday, February 2 at the University of Maine at Machias.

Open to Maine students in grades 9-12, the regional competition will test students’ knowledge of the human brain and central nervous system. The event is associated with the International Brain Bee, a not-for-profit neuroscience competition founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski of the University of Maryland, and is intended to increase high school students’ interest in the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in brain research.

The Maine Regional 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.

One of the collaborators from UMPI, Dr. Rachael Hannah, a neuroscientist and assistant professor of biology, will serve 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 event will begin at noon on Saturday, February 2, and will include lunch, a tour of the UMM campus, a practice session, and the competition.

An informational webinar is planned for Friday, January 25 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.

An online registration form and pre-recorded informational video are also available online at www.machias.edu/maine-brain-bee.

To register or for more information, contact Lois-Ann Kuntz at lkuntz@maine.edu with “Brain Bee” in the subject line.

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