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The Los Angeles - Irvine Brain Bee

The Los Angeles-Irvine Brain Bee (LA/I) is a local competition where high school students from the LA area can come and showcase their neuroscience knowledge. The competition includes a series of written and practical tests to determine a semi-finalists from a larger pool of participants. The finalists then go on to compete in a Jeopardy style Q/A game to determine the winner. This student goes on to represent LA/I in the National Brain Bee. Each LA/I Brain Bee features a special neuroscience lecture from a prominent faculty member, open to students, teachers and parents. The BRI has co-sponsored this event for the last several years and hosts the event on campus every few years.

InterAxon is heavily involved in the Brain Bee and assists coordination of the day’s activities such as proctoring and grading the tests, and taking the students and parents to tour labs around campus. Information on application deadlines and other instructions can be found in the Brain Bee website (

The next Brain Bee will be held in 2018 at the University of California, Irvine.