Ninth Annual Competition

On Saturday, May 28th 2016, high school students from across Canada will come to McMaster University to compete for the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee championship. They will meet to engage in challenging events, testing their knowledge of neuroscience and their skills at patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy.

The national competitors are the top students in their region – champions who have already won their local brain bee competitions. Local competitions are held coast to coast: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, London, Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, and Newfoundland. These students are well on their way to becoming the next generation of neuroscientists!

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place national winners will receive trophies and cash prizes ($1500 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place). Our 2016 champion will take home a beautiful travelling trophy to display at their high school for one year, and will be given the opportunity to work in a neuroscience laboratory.

The challenge is not over for the 1st place champion, who will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, to represent Canada at the International Brain Bee World Championship (IBBWC) on June 30 – July 4, 2016, held in conjunction with the  Convention of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Go to for more information about the 2016 IBB.

Good luck to everyone in their local competitions!  If you are a student interested in the brain bee competition in your local area, look for contact information under Local Brain Bees, organized by city name.

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