The Chicago Brain Bee

About The Chicago Brain Bee

The Chicago Brain Bee is a competition that tests knowledge in neuroscience including such topics as cells of the nervous system and how they communicate with one another, neuroanatomy, brain-behavior relationships (e.g. the neural basis of learning and memory, emotion, stress, sleep) and neurological diseases. It helps motivate our youth to learn about the brain, capture their imagination, and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research.

Every year more than fifty local Brain Bees are held throughout the US in a search for the “best brain”. The winners of the locals are invited to participate in the US National Brain Bee competition. This competition has been so exciting that it has expanded to many other countries and the winner of each national will compete in the International Brain Bee.


The 2017 Chicago Brain would not be possible without generous support from our sponsors:

Society for Neuroscience Chicago Chapter

Lake Forest College Neuroscience Program

Lake Forest College Nu Rho Psi Chapter

Lake Forest College Admissions Office

This year's Chicago Brain Bee will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Lake Forest College (middle campus).

Why participate?

The Chicago Brain Bee is more than a competition – it is a daylong event designed to expose high school students to primary neuroscience research and introduce students to professors and graduate and undergraduate students actively leading neuroscience research programs. Participants will hear talks from leaders in the field, meet graduate and undergraduate students, and learn of the many different pathways taken to a career in neuroscience. Tours led by undergraduates and faculty will take participants to see cutting edge of undergraduate science teaching and research in action.

Who can participate?

Any high school/home student from grades 9 to 12 is eligible to compete in The Chicago Brain Bee. We encourage family, friends, teachers and other classmates to support participants and join them in the competition.

The Chicago Brain Bee

CLICK HERE for The Chicago Brain Bee 2017 flyer.

CLICK HERE for The Chicago Brain Bee 2017 Schedule.

The competition itself will involve a paper exam. The top 15 students based on the written exam will go on to compete in the oral exam. It consists of several Oral Question and Answer Elimination rounds. In every round, each student is asked a different question that requires a one word or phrase answer. Competitors are eliminated when they accumulate three wrong answers until only one is left standing.

How can you prepare?

Students can prepare by studying Brain Facts, a resource published by the Society for Neuroscience.

How can you register?

Registration for the 2017 Chicago Brain Bee will open on November 1, 2016. Visit this site soon for more details.

Directions to Lake Forest College and exact Brain Bee location and campus parking information is forthcoming.

For more information, contact Shubhik DebBurman, PhD (