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Brain Bee

Brain BeeThe 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. 

Students in grades 9 to 12 from Calgary and surrounding area schools are invited to compete in the

Hotchkiss Brain Institute's 10th Annual Calgary Brain Bee, to be held Saturday March 18, 2017 at 10:00 am.

The Calgary winner and their parent or guardian will win an all expenses paid trip to the CIHR National Brain Bee at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in spring 2017. The winner of this competition will represent Canada at the 2017 International Brain Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., USA.


Registration by December 22, 2016 is strongly encouraged. This event is open to a limited number and sufficient time for preparatory study is recommended.


The 2016 Calgary Brain Bee winner was Avanti Karkhanis and placed fourth at the National Brain Bee at McMaster University.

In 2015, Calgary Brain Bee winner Janson Kappen also won the National Brain Bee and placed 5th at the international competition in Cairns, Australia. Read about his summer research experience in HBI labs.


Students are advised to prepare for the competition using the free textbook
Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.

NEW! Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain(Bear, Connors & Paradiso, 3rd Edition), Chapters 7, 7a, 15 and 22.

Links to study materials:

Questions? Contact HBI's Calgary Brain Bee organizer Tianni Song (