World Brain Bee Champion announced

9th Aug 2017

Future neuroscientists from around the world met in Washington, DC this week to compete in the nineteenth World Brain Bee Championship, with the 2017 World Brain Bee Champion announced as Sojas Wagle, a sophomore from Har-Ber High School in Arkansas, USA.  

The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students, 13 to 19 years of age. This year it was hosted by the American Psychological Association.

The International Brain Bee President and Founder is Dr. Norbert Myslinski ( of The University of Maryland Dental School, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences. He states that, "The purpose of the Brain Bee is to motivate young men and women to study the brain, and to inspire them to consider careers in the basic and clinical neurosciences. We need them to treat and find cures for the 1000 neurological and psychological disorders around the world." The Brain Bee motto is “We Build Better Brains to Fight Brain Disorders.”

Second Place went to Milena Malcharek of August Witkowski High School in Cracow, Poland. Third Place went to Elwin Raj A/L P. Raj Vethamuthu from Sbpi Gopeng High School in Malaysia.

Germany and Israel tied for fourth place, and Iran came in fifth. Sixth through tenth places went to Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Korea. 

While in the US, twelve DC Ambassadors invited their respective national champions to visit their embassies to be honored, including India, Kenya, Egypt, Ukraine, Korea, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Poland and Germany.

The Brain Bee involves more than knowledge; it involves relationships. It is an instrument of peace. The friendships and mutual respect developed during the Brain Bee will last a lifetime.

Read more about the Brain Bee online.

Left to right: Third Place , First Place, Founder, and Second Place winner of the 2017 Brain Bee

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