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Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee Competition
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ will host a Regional Brain Bee Competition on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (Snow date Sunday, February 7, 2016).  The event is hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at RWJMS.  Click here for flyer.

The Regional Brain Bee is part of a larger international competition for High School Students testing their knowledge in the field of Neuroscience run by the Society for Neuroscience based in Washington DC. This is the largest professional Neuroscience society in the world.

The competition involves Regional Brain Bees that are held throughout the US and world in January and February. Regional winners from the US travel to University of Maryland to compete in the National Brain Bee to be held March 2016.

Winners from each National Brain Bee then go on to compete in the International Brain Bee against students from around the world. Additional prizes and support will be provided to the winners at each level (see below).

The competition involves both Written and Oral questions related to the field of Neuroscience, and includes topics such as: Brain Development, Regional Brain Function, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Axon Guidance, Learning and Memory, Neurological Disorders, Neurotransmission, among others.

To prepare for the Brain Bee, students should study the 2012 edition of Brain Facts, a publication of the Society for Neuroscience, which can be accessed free of charge here: Brain Facts

To stream or download an audio version of the 2012 edition, follow the links at the bottom of the following page:

Sample questions from past competitions are also available at the IBB website.


Cash prizes will be provided for first through third places:

First place: $300 | Second place: $200 | Third place: $100

In addition, reasonable travel expenses (lodging, food and transportation) will be reimbursed in accordance with University policy, to the first place winner to attend the National Brain Bee competition in Maryland in March (competitor + parent/guardian).

The US National Champion will receive $1,500, a paid summer internship with an acclaimed neuroscientist, and a trip for two to the International Brain Bee (IBB) Championship. The second and third place finishers will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively.

The winner of the IBB Championship will be awarded $3,000, a summer research fellowship with an acclaimed neuroscientist, and a traveling trophy for display at his or her school. The second and third place finishers will receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

General Rules:

  • All students currently enrolled in a New Jersey public or private high school are eligible to compete.
  • Students may compete in only one regional brain bee per year.
  • Contestants who placed in the top 3 finalists from any prior year are prohibited from competing again.
  • Contestants and parents may not use any recording devices or take notes of any kind during the competition.
  • Detailed competition rules can be found at the IBB website.


The registration is free and open to all students who wish to participate.

Please send the following information via e-mail to: Joan Mordes (

  • Your Name
  • Home Address
  • E-mail Address
  • Current Grade Level
  • High School Name
  • High School Address
  • Name of your Biology Teacher

Registered students will receive further information by email prior to the competition date (directions, program, detailed rules).

Additional Information:

  • Open to all students, parents, teachers, and guests
  • Lunch will be provided by the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
  • The Regional Brain Bee Competition Day Schedule will also include opportunities to discuss science, academic careers, and other issues with RWJ Neuroscience professors, research professionals, students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • A chance to meet clinical and research Neuroscience faculty at lunch
  • Competition day schedule will be posted in mid-January.


For questions about the Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee Competition, please contact:
Joan Mordes ( | Michael Matise (

Last year's winners:

2015 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee Competition


1st Place Winner – Roger Jin

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

2nd Place Winner – Monal Garg

East Brunswick High School

3rd Place Winner – Kasey McFadden

Matawan Regional High School

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