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Brain Bee 2020

Academic Success


The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Department of Biology at the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invite high school students to participate in the annual Long Island Brain Bee competition. This event exposes young students to the study of the brain early in their academic careers, and aims to motivate students to pursue careers in neurology, neurosurgery, psychology, or neuroscience.

The one-day competition is open to Long Island high school students (14-18 years of age).

The Long Island Brain Bee involves two rounds of competition:

  1. A written test of multiple choice questions based on the book Brain Facts;
  2. A practical test to identify anatomical structures, functions, and disorders in human nervous tissue specimens.

Following the laboratory examination, participants will enjoy a lunch and learn with current undergraduates and medical students, in addition to physicians, scientists and professors who are experts in the neurosciences.

At the close of the competition, awards will be given to students with the top three scores. The first place winner will earn a trip to the National Brain Bee competition and an opportunity to participate in a summer research project at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. All student competitors will receive a certificate of completion for their participation in the Long Island Brain Bee


Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
Sunday, February 2, 2020 / 8am-3pm

If canceled due to inclement weather, the competition will take place Sunday, Feb 9.

How to Register

If you are a science teacher interested in registering your students, please contact Students must request that their science teacher complete the registration process to be considered for participation in the competition.

Students may participate in only one local Brain Bee competition per year.  No more than three students from each high school may participate. Space is limited for this event, interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Deadline is Wednesday Jan 22, 2020.
Parents must sign the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and RELEASE form for the registration to be complete. Students may not participate without submitting the signed form before the date of the competition. No exceptions.

How to Prepare

Download and study the Society for Neuroscience's Brain Facts. All questions for the competition come from this book. For sample questions, please visit the International Brain Bee site.

For more information, please send your inquiry to the Long Island Brain Bee Committee at We look forward to your participation! 


Long Island Brain Bee Committee
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine
at Hofstra/Northwell
Hempstead, NY 11549

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