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AZ: Midwestern University Awards Brain Bee Winner in Record 26-Round Final

February 10, 2015

by Office of Communications

Top 3 finishers in the 2015 Arizona Regional Brain Bee (L to R): Mark Morrissey, Thunderbird High School, 2nd Place; Vijay Nambi, BASIS Scottsdale, 1st Place; and Neha Parvathala, Desert Vista High Sc

On Wednesday, February 4, 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 2015 Arizona Regional Brain Bee at Midwestern University was presented in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation.

One hundred seven students from 13 Arizona high schools, some of whom came to the Brain Bee from as far away as Kingman and Tucson, 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 26-round final, the top three Brain Bee finishers, in order, were Vijay Nambi from BASIS Scottsdale, Mark Morrissey from Thunderbird High School, and Neha Parvathala from Desert Vista High School. The BASIS Chandler school won the team prize for the overall high score, with nine contestants reaching the final round. All participants received certificates of participation as well as Brain Bee pins.

For his performance in the Brain Bee, Mr. Nambi 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 Washington, D.C.

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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