2017 – 9th Annual Guelph Brain Bee
The University of Guelph is proud to host our local portion of the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee on April 27, 2017. This will be the eighth year a local Brain Bee has been hosted in the Guelph region for high school students in the Guelph/Wellington-Dufferin area.
For students interested in competing, be sure to check out our Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/UoGBrainBee, ask your science teacher about getting involved, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can participate!
Please note that the study materials for the competition consist of the “Neuroscience: Science of the Brain” primer on the brain and nervous system. It is freely available and can be downloaded from the following link: Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.
The questions for the Guelph Brain Bee will be taken directly from these materials.
Previous Guelph Brain Bees
8th Annual Guelph Brain Bee
In 2016 we had twenty-two students from five different local high schools compete for the chance to move on to the Canadian National Brain Bee and the International Brain Bee.
1st place – Steph Swanson (John F. Ross CVI)
2nd place – Pooja Ravi Sankar (Centennial CVI)
3rd place – Fahmida Promee (Guelph CVI)
7th Annual Guelph Brain Bee
In 2015 we had thirty-five students (a new record!) from five different local high schools compete for the chance to move on to the Canadian National Brain Bee and the International Brain Bee (held this year in Cairns, Australia)
6th Annual Guelph Brain Bee
Eighteen students from four different local high schools competed for big prizes and the chance to move on to the CIHR National competition (hosted by McMaster University) and the International Brain Bee (held this year in Washington, DC).
With finalists from each of the schools, the final elimination round was particularly exciting.
Congratulations to the winners!
1st place – Beatrix Wang (John F. Ross CVI)
2nd place – Karina Lenartowicz (John F. Ross CVI)
3rd place – Amy Dagenais (Norwell DSS)
5th Annual Guelph Brain Bee
This event was a great success—despite an ice-storm postponement— with 17 students from 3 different local high schools competing for big prizes and the chance to move on to the CIHR National competition (hosted by McMaster University) and the International Brain Bee (held this year in Vienna, Austria).
The elimination-round performance of our finalists was intense, yielding highly-impressive students from three different schools as this year’s winners:
1st – Alina Otrin (John F. Ross CVI)
2nd – Marisa Rankin (Norwell DSS)
3rd – Lucy Shen (Centennial CVI)
Other highlights included:
– Dr. Linda Parker’s introduction telling students about the great opportunities at the University of Guelph within our BSc in Psychology: Brain and Cognition program and the Neuroscience minor across disciplines.
– Dr. Boyer Winters’ excellent talk documenting his adventures discovering and pursuing his interests in the neurobiological basis of learning and memory .
– NACS graduate students providing an EEG demo in which high-school students got to see and control electrical activity in their own brains
– posters of cutting-edge research results presented by NACS graduate students.
Our sincere thanks to everyone involved!
Fun, prizes, and sheer brain power were on display February 17, 2009 during the 1st Annual Guelph Brain Bee, which included 19 contestants from local high schools. Six students advanced to the final elimination round, including (from right to left) the winner, Liwei Li (Centennial CVI), Kevin Yin (Centennial CVI) in 2nd place, and Tomas van Stee (Norwell DSS) in 3rd place.
Faculty from the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science (NACS) Program served as judges for the event, which included opening remarks from Dr. Linda Parker and a special address from Dr. Elena Choleris. Contestants were also able to meet and interact with NACS graduate students and learn about exciting neuroscience research taking place within the department.
As the winner of the local Guelph competition, Li advanced to the Second Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee held at McMaster University, May 29-30, 2009 where she won the 2nd place prize. Congratulations Liwei!
Also see Guelph Mercury’s coverage of the event .