2017 World Brain Bee Champion Announced

Ali Chunovic
August 10, 2017
winners with medals
Left to right: Elwin Raj A/L P. Raj Vethamuthu, third place winner from Malaysia; Wagle; Myslinski; and Milena Malcharek, second place winner from Poland.

Twenty-five national Brain Bee champions from around the world traveled to Washington, DC, this week to compete in the 2017 World Brain Bee. The competition tests high school students on a variety of neuroscience topics through oral tests, a neuroanatomy laboratory exam with real human brains, a neurohistology test, and a diagnosis test with patient actors. The purpose of the Brain Bee is to motivate young people to study the brain and to inspire them to consider careers in neuroscience, said International Brain Bee President and Founder Norbert Myslinksi, Ph.D.

After a rigorous competition, Sojas Wagle, a sophomore from Har-Ber High School in Arkansas, US, was named the 2017 World Brain Bee Champion. Sojas has a bright future ahead of him. In addition to winning this year’s World Brain Bee, he is captain of his school’s Quiz Bowl Team, plays first chair violin in the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, placed third in the 2015 National Geographic Bee, and won $250,000 on the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Whiz Kids Edition.

Are you a high school student who lives in New York City and wants to participate for a chance to compete in the National and World Brain Bees? Are you a New York City teacher who knows a student who would be perfect for this competition? The Dana Foundation is the regional coordinator for the NYC Regional Brain Bee. Find out more on the Brain Awareness Week website or by contacting BrainBee@dana.org.