Calgary Brain Bee

The Brain Bee is an international competition founded by the Society for Neuroscience. These live Q&A competitions test the neuroscience knowledge of high school students around the world, and consist of oral, written and hands-on components. 

What is it?

The Canadian National Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for high school students, grades 9 through 12. Students study brain and neuroscience research topics including memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, brain disease, and more. 

To compete in the Canadian National, students must first compete in a regional Brain Bee competition in Canada. The Hotchkiss Brain Institute Trainee Organization (HBITO) hosts this annually at the University of Calgary in the spring. See Local Bees - Calgary for details on our regional Brain Bee. The competition consists of an exam with the top performers advancing to an oral exam in a play-off/elimination style, whereby contestants will be eliminated when they answer questions incorrectly.

The top place winner of each official regional Brain Bee will advance to the Canadian National level of competition. Finally, the top place champion of the Canadian National Brain Bee will advance to the next level of competition: the International Brain Bee.

Who can participate?

High school students in southern Alberta who are interested in Neuroscience and want to learn more about neuroscience

Why participate? 

Discover what neuroscience research is being conducted at the University of Calgary and participate in an internationally recognized neuroscience competition where the winner will advance to the national competition.  

How can I find out more?

Visit the Canadian National Brain Bee for general information, Local Bees - Calgary for our regional competition, and contact the HBITO for details.