High School Students Can Register For NJ Brain Bee Competition

PISCATAWAY – New Jersey high school students are welcome to prove their brain power by competing in the 2013 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee. Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, the Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition in which students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system.

There is no cost to participate. The contest, which is open to all New Jersey high school students in grades 9 through 12, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 9,  at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway.

To become a contestant in the Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee, visit http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/neuroscience/BrainBee/BrainBee.html for registration information and links to useful information, including event details. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. To ensure adequate preparation time, students are urged to register as soon as possible.

All competition questions are derived from the book Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience, which can be downloaded for free from the Society for Neuroscience Brain Bee website: http://www.sfn.org. Questions about the event can be directed to Dr. Michael Matise (matisemp@umdnj.edu ) or Joan Mordes (mordesja@umdnj.edu), or call 1-732-235-5390.

The Central New Jersey Brain Bee contest is one of many scheduled in the United States and throughout the world leading up to the International Brain Bee. The regional contest is organized and judged by local members of the Society for Neuroscience, an international organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to advancing understanding of the brain and the nervous system. The contest aims to motivate young people to learn about the brain, capture their imagination, and inspire them to pursue careers in brain-related fields.

The top three finishers will receive cash prizes and the first place winner will receive an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee Competition at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. The national competition will be held March 2 – 4.

The 2013 Central Jersey Regional Brain Bee is being hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and supported in part by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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