Students invited to register for first Brain Bee

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Information webinar planned for Jan. 18

MACHIAS — High school students from throughout Maine will get a chance to test their knowledge of neuroscience when the University of Maine at Machias hosts the first Maine Regional Brain Bee on Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at noon in the UMM Science Building. The deadline to register for the competition is Monday, Jan. 25.

Open to students in grades 9-12, the regional competition is associated with the International Brain Bee, a not-for-profit neuroscience competition founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski of the University of Maryland. The competition is intended to increase high school students’ interest in the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in brain research. There are currently 150 Brain Bee chapters in 30 countries on six continents.

“As an external competition, the Brain Bee promotes quality learning and enhances the background of future psychologists,” said Dr. Uriah Anderson, assistant professor of psychology at UMM. “By bringing high school students to a college campus in the pursuit of academic excellence, we also hope to raise their aspirations.”

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The winner of the Maine Regional Brain Bee will be eligible to compete in the National Brain Bee, held at the University of Maryland in March.

The UMM Admissions Office will provide lunch and a tour of the campus for participants, parents and chaperones. There will also be neuroscience demonstrations before and after the Brain Bee competition to further promote psychological science to participants and non-participants alike.

A free webinar will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, to allow potential participants, parents, high school advisers and guidance counselors from across the state to learn more about the event, try their hand at sample questions and ask any questions they may have about the competition. Organizers will also provide potential participants with free access to an online study course developed by UMM faculty to help them prepare for the competition.

To register or for more information, contact Lois-Ann Kuntz at lkuntz@maine.edu with “Brain Bee” in the subject line or visit www.machias.edu/maine-brain-bee.

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