Midwestern University Crowns BASIS Chandler Student as Winner of Arizona Regional Brain Bee

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February 24, 2017

Brain Bee Winners From left to right: BASIS Chandler students Latavya Chintada (3rd place), Rahul Jayaraman (1st place), and Grace Xu (2nd place) were the top three finishers in the Arizona Regional Brain Bee.

On Tuesday, February 7, Midwestern University welcomed some of Arizona's top high school students for the annual Arizona Regional Brain Bee, an educational competition similar to a spelling bee that focuses on neuroscience. The 2017 Arizona Regional Brain Bee at Midwestern University was presented in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation.

Eighty-five students from 16 Arizona high schools converged on the University's Glendale Campus to test their knowledge of the human brain, how it governs human behavior, and the science that helps medical professionals understand brain function.  

The top three Brain Bee finishers, in order, were Rahul Jayaraman, Grace Xu, and Latavya Chintada, all from BASIS Chandler. BASIS Chandler won the team prize for the overall high score for the third straight year.  

For his performance in the Brain Bee, Mr. Jayaraman won a $2,000 scholarship towards tuition in any Midwestern University program at either the University's Glendale Campus or the campus in Downers Grove, Illinois, as well as travel expenses to help him as he competes at the upcoming United States Regional Brain Bee in Baltimore, MD.  

Midwestern University faculty and students served as judges, question readers, timers, and scorekeepers for the Brain Bee, using the book Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience, as the source text. Questions ran the gamut from identifying physical features of the brain itself to naming brain disorders and diseases to surgical and medical practices that modify neural behaviors.