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JMU's 4th Annual Brain Bee

Saturday February 12th, 2022Register Here!

Update: Because we are at our capacity, registration will close today, Jan. 18th, at 5PM


About the JMU 4th Annual Brain Bee

We are currently planning for our 2022 Brain Bee to be held at JMU in the Biosciences Building. The event will begin at 9AM and end by 1PM. Registration is open now and closes January 28th. Priority registration will be given to students ages 13-19 in our region (Harrisonburg City, Rockingham County, Augusta County, Shenandoah County, Page County, Staunton City, and Waynesboro City) and students of science teachers who are graduates of JMU. Please note that if you are not in one of these priority groups, you are welcome to register, but we will not be able to inform you about status until shortly after the registration deadline (Jan 28). 

Other Important Information About the JMU Bee

  • There is NO-COST. In addition, participants receive a free T-shirt and lunch in our popular East Campus Dining Hall.
  • Participants and their guests will be expected to abide by JMU's COVID policies and procedures. This will be shared closer to the date of the competition. 
  • All of the questions come from the fee online book, Brain Facts.
  • The JMU Bee has two rounds of competition; group and individual. 
  • Between the group and individual round, participants visit JMU's neuroscience labs and participate in hands-on experiences with neuroscience faculty and students. 
  • We strive to create a friendly, welcoming, and low-pressure environment. 
  • The winner will be invited to compete in the National Competition. If this competition is held in-person, the winner may apply for a scholarship through the STEM Center to help fund travel and lodging. 


About the USA Brain Bee 

The USA Brain Bee was founded in 1998 and is the world-wide neuroscience competition for high school students. The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers in order to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders. There are currently over 200 Local Chapter Brain Bee coordinators in more than 50 countries across 6 continents that conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Regional Brain Bee is invited to represent their regions in the National Bee and the winner of the National Bee is invited to compete in the International Brain Bee World Championship. The World Championship is hosted by a different country every year.

Brain Bees test one's knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research. The local competitions are in the question-and-answer format based on material from "Brain Fact", a book that is available online at no cost. The championship competitions may also involve a neuroanatomy laboratory practical with real human brains, neurohistology with microscopes, brain imaging identification and patient diagnosis with patient actors. Source:

The first annual JMU Brain Bee was held in February 2019. Dr. George Vidal, assistant professor of Biology, is the director of the JMU Brain Bee. Dr. Vidal earned his A.B. in Neurobiology from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University. Dr. Vidal currently teaches courses in Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience, and Human Anatomy and mentors undergraduates studying the development of cerebral cortex connections. Dr. Vidal competed in the Brain Bee as a high school student and he credits this experience with inspiring his pursuit of neuroscience.


JMU's Feature Story about the Bee 

Photos of JMU's previous Brain Bees 

2018-2019 Bee

2019-2020 Bee

2021 Virtual Bee



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