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AZ: Midwestern University Awards Arizona Regional Brain Bee Winner after Record 29-Round Final

February 09, 2016

by Office of Communications

From left to right: BASIS Chandler students Irene Zhang, Vijeeth Guggilla, and Rohini Nott came out on top after a record 29-round final in the Arizona Regional Brain Bee on February 3.

On Wednesday, February 3, 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 2016 Arizona Regional Brain Bee at Midwestern University was presented in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation.

Eighty-five students from 12 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.

After an event-record 29-round final, the top three Brain Bee finishers, in order, were Vijeeth Guggilla, Irene Zhang, and Rohini Nott, all from BASIS Chandler. BASIS Chandler won the team prize for the overall high score, with 13 students reaching the final round. All participants received commemorative Brain Bee pins and brain-shaped erasers.

For his performance in the Brain Bee, Mr. Guggilla 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 National 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.

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