Students test knowledge at annual Brain Bee

  • Mar 10, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Students, Neuroscience

2016 Brain Bee at MSU winners

2016 Brain Bee at MSU winners (L to R) Varun Sathyan (1st place), Omer SIddiqui (2nd place) and Shrikant Chand (3rd place).

High school students from around Michigan competed in the 6th Brain Bee at Michigan State University (MSU) held in February.

The Brain Bee, hosted by MSU’s Neuroscience Program, tested student’s neuroscience knowledge with a multiple choice written exam and two oral Q&A rounds. Topics included intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, neuronal signaling, sleep and numerous neurological diseases.

The first place winner of this year’s Brain Bee at MSU is Varun Sathyan, a junior from Athens High School in Troy. He will travel to compete in the National Brain Bee March 18-20 in Baltimore, Md. Sathyan also received a copy of “The Mind’s Machine,” an undergraduate neuroscience textbook authored by MSU’s Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience Marc Breedlove, and a fellowship to MSU if he declares a neuroscience major.

“This was my second year competing in the MSU Brain Bee, and it was a really enjoyable experience,” Sathyan said. “I first learned about the program from a friend, and I am really happy I gave it a shot. I am thankful to MSU for giving me such an amazing opportunity to study neuroscience."

Omer Siddiqui, a junior from Detroit Country Day, and Shrikant Chand, a sophomore from Detroit Country Day, were the second and third place winners, respectively.

Casey Henley, senior research associate with MSU’s Neuroscience Program, is impressed each year by the Brain Bee competitors and says this year was no exception.

“The students demonstrate a detailed knowledge of neuroscience content and do so confidently,” Henley said. “The Neuroscience Program faculty and staff members are excited that Varun Sathyan will be the Brain Bee representative at the National Brain Bee. We want to thank all of the students and their parents for making this competition a success.”

In addition to the annual Brain Bee at MSU, the MSU Neuroscience Program also hosts the Neuroscience Fair (which will be held March 19), the annual Girl’s Math and Science Conference and the Prime Time Seniors Program. Faculty and staff members also visit local schools during Brain Awareness Week, March 16-20, and volunteer for local science fairs.