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The Irvine Brain Bee is hosted by the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory's Office of Outreach and Education.  The program is directed by Dr. Manuella Oliveira Yassa and organized by a committee led by neuroscience PhD students and CNLM Ambassadors Rachael Hokenson, Winny Ning and Allison Morehouse.  The goal of the Irvine Brain Bee is to inspire high school students in Orange County to learn about the brain and provide opportunities for engagement with university students and professors. All Irvine Brain Bee competitors will have the opportunity to participate in a review sessions before the event.

The 2024 Irvine Brain Bee Competition will take place in February 10, 2024 on the UC Irvine campus. In addition to the competition itself, the day will include neuroscience demonstrations and hands-on activities as well as panel discussions and a keynote lecture. The event is 100% free for students and is possible thanks to generous donations from our community. Interested in supporting the Irvine Brain Bee? Donations can be made by clicking here.



The 2024 Irvine Brain Bee will take place Saturday, February 10, 2024 9am-4pm at UC Irvine


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Past Brain Bee Competitions

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2022 Irvine Brain Bee

2021 UC Irvine Brain Bee Zoom Call featuring UCI Neuroscience Faculty and Neuroscience experts

2021 Irvine Brain Bee

Irvine Brain Bee participants examining human brains

2020 Irvine Brain Bee

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2019 Irvine Brain Bee

Irvine Brain Bee

The Irvine Brain Bee is a local competition for high school students hosted by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine.

The winner of the Irvine Brain Bee will be awarded a trip for two to the National Brain Bee to compete with high schoolers from around the country.*

USA Brain Bee

The USA Brain Bee was founded in 1998 by Dr. Norbert Myslinski at the University of Maryland. Date and location for the 2020 US Brain Bee has not yet been announced. Awards of $1,500, $1000 and $500 will be given to the first, second and third place winners of the USA Brain Bee. The first place winner will be invited to participate in the International Brain Bee Championship.

Click here to learn more about the USA Brain Bee.

International Brain Bee

The International Brain Bee Competition is sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

The dates for the 2020 World Championship have not yet been announced. The 2019 World Championship was held in Daegu, Korea in September 2019 in conjunction with the 10th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience. Read more about the International Brain Bee competition by clicking here.