Queen's University

Brain Bee

The Brain Bee is a three-tiered, world-renowned competition for future neuroscientists. The Centre for Neuroscience Studies has hosted the Kingston Brain Bee for the past eleven years. This competition for high school students aims to inspire an interest in neuroscience and brain research, as well as provides students with an enrichment opportunity to learn about concepts not typically taught until the third year of university or beyond. Students self-study topics related to the brain and nervous system, and then compete at Queen’s University in early April for the title of “best brain”. Competition day is open to the general public and includes numerous activities including a tour of the School of Medicine’s Anatomy Museum and a Student Career Panel. Over the past few years, the Kingston Brain Bee has grown substantially in terms of high school student engagement: from 2018 to 2019, there was a 133% increase in student competitors. As such, our team of graduate and undergraduate student volunteers has grown each year to meet this increased need. The Kingston Brain Bee is committed to being accessible for all students: it is free to participate, and there is no limit on how many students can compete. In this way, we hope to engage as many local students in this exceptional opportunity as possible.