Brain Bee open to all high school students

New Jersey high school students have an opportunity to prove their brainpower by competing in the 2012 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee.

The contest, which is open to all New Jersey high school students in grades nine through 12, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 4 at UMDNJ-RobertWood Johnson Medical School, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway.

Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, the Brain Bee is a live question-andanswer competition in which students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system. There is no cost to participate.

The contest, organized by the Society for Neuroscience, 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 March 4-5.

All competition questions are derived from the book “Brain Facts,” published by the Society for Neuroscience, which can be downloaded for at www.sfn.org.

To become a contestant, visit http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/neuroscience/BrainBee/Brain- Bee.html for a registration form 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.

Questions about the event can be directed to Dr. Michael Matise at matisemp@umdnj.edu or Ms. Joan Mordes, mordesja@umdnj.edu, or by calling 732- 235-5390.