Ottawa Brain Bee

The 2018 Ottawa Brain Bee will be held Saturday April 28!

It’s time to start getting ready for the 2018 Ottawa Brain Bee! Prep sessions will begin January 13th and will continue every other Saturday until March 24th 2018. As in previous years, intensive review sessions will be held every Saturday for 4 weeks prior to the event.

Participation in prep sessions is free – sign up now so we can save you a spot!

What is the Brain Bee?

The Brain Bee is a knowledge & trivia competition about the brain and neuroscience for high school students. Participants receive free study material and prizes are awarded to the top participants. The student placing first in the Ottawa Brain Bee wins a PAID internship in a Neuroscience research lab at Carleton University, AND represents Ottawa at the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University. The winner of the National competition wins a cash prize, and internship, and an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the International Brain Bee.

Competition is strong and there are currently 16 regional events in Canada that feed into the National competition, with 24 countries sending their winner to the International Brain Bee. To have the best chance at succeeding nationally, participants have to start studying and training well in advance.

How do I prepare for the Ottawa Brain Bee?

Come to the Brain Bee Prep Sessions at Carleton University, held every other Saturday, in Room 1006 (10th floor) of Dunton Tower (find it on the following Campus Map), from January 13th through to March 24th.

For 4 weeks from March 31st to April 21st, Carleton Neuroscience students host Brain Bee Intensive Review Sessions, EVERY Saturday from 1-4pm at Carleton University (tentatively room 1006 Dunton Tower). These 3 hour sessions help highlight and reinforce important learning, and give students a chance to partake in practice quizzes and mock patient interviews.

All training materials are freely available online, and you can find a suggested study guide on our study resources page which will be used by the clubs for group study.

Attending Brain Bee prep sessions is a great experience for high school students, whether or not they choose to participate in the Brain Bee. Our prep sessions are a great way to learn about the brain, mental health and the latest in neuroscience research. You will have an opportunity to interact with graduate students who can provide advice and support on applying for university and choosing programs. Our Brain Bee participants that go on to do an undergraduate degree in neuroscience or psychology have a real advantage in their first and second year university courses. Of course, winners get a great addition to their CVs, and invaluable experience in a research lab!

Questions? Contact us at: for more information.

The 2017 Ottawa Brain Bee was held Saturday April 29!

Our winner, Nathan Biniam, a grade 10 student from Colonel By High School, went on to represent Ottawa at the Canadian National Competition. Nathan also won a paid internship in a Neuroscience research lab! Congratulations Nathan!

Melisa Eraslan, also from Colonel By high school, took Second Place, followed closely by Ruth Rodriguez from Holy Trinity high school. We’d like to thank all our participants and volunteers for helping us put on a great event and we look forward to working with our students again in 2018, as we start prepping for the next Brain Bee!













You can find out more about Brain Bee winners from previous years, here