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NYC Regional Brain Bee Competition

NYC Regional Brain Bee

Presented by the Dana Foundation and Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach.

The NYC Regional Brain Bee Competition will not be held in 2020. We hope to be back next year!

What is the Brain Bee?

In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Foundation coordinates the NYC Regional Brain Bee, a live, written competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students. Every year, local and regional Brain Bees are held worldwide as part of the International Brain Bee. Winners of local Bees in the United States are eligible to compete in the USA National Brain Bee Championship, often held during Brain Awareness Week. The USA National Champion is eligible to compete against other national champions at the International Brain Bee.

Who Can Participate?

The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 from public, private, and parochial schools throughout New York City and Westchester County. Each school can send two competitors. Students must be registered in advance. Registration will open in the Fall.

The Prizes

CASH PRIZES: $500 First Place; $300 Second Place; $200 Third Place

First place winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to compete in the USA National Brain Bee Championship.

How to Register

A high school’s science administrator/faculty member must register their school and submit their competitors’ names using the online registration form. Registration will open in the Fall. After registering, please review the competition rules and contact the Dana Foundation with any questions. A Photo & Media Release Form must be completed for each competitor.

How to Prepare

Download and study the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain Facts and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain from the British Neuroscience Association and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. All questions for the competition come from these two books.


A two-part study session is organized by Columbia University graduate students to help competitors prepare for the NYC Brain Bee. The study session includes presentations and activities based on the Brain Facts and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain books, lab tours, a career panel, and a practice Brain Bee. Only registered competitors can participate in the study session.

 Please email or call (212) 401-1662.