German National Brain Bee was record breaking in 2014
Posted May 23 2014
Winner comes from Stromberg-Gymnasium and resident of Oberriexingen. The second until fifth place are coming from the Rhein-Neckar district.

In its fourth iteration, 2014 was a record-breaking year for the German National Neuroscience Competition, held on Saturday, May 10th at Heidelberg University. Not only was this the largest program with thirty-eight student participants from all corners of the nation, but the number of schools engaged with the program exceeded 50 in the lead-up to the event, resulting in an incredibly high level of talent!


The 2014 German Brain Bee Champion is Mara Schubert, a 12th-grade student of Stromberg-Gymnasium and resident of Oberriexingen. Following the Neuroanatomy, Neurohistology, Patient Diagnosis, Written, and Live Judging Sections, Miss Schubert ranked highest among the participant pool, tied with one other student. But it was not until the final live question-and-answer round, facing three neuroscientist judges, when she upheld a perfect streak of accurate answers throughout ten rounds of the competition's most difficult questions. Miss Schubert will travel to Washington, DC, USA in August to represent the Republic of Germany at the International Brain Bee Competition, hosted by the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association.


In 2nd Place was Luca Stier of Helmholtz Gymnasium Heidelberg. Tied for 3rd Place were Oliver Eichmüller of Liselotte Gymnasium Mannheim and Katarzyna Karpa of the Englisches Institut Heidelberg. Placed 5th was Katrin Duttlinger of Ludwig-Frank-Gymnasium. Each of the top-five winners received Amazon gift cards.



The program is organized by neuroscientists, PhD students, and medical doctors of Heidelberg University HBIGS International Graduate School of Cellular and Molecular Biology and further sponsored by the Cluster of Excellence CellNetworks. The three Heidelberg University neuroscientists that served as judges were Prof. Dr. Armin Blesch, Director of the Laboratory for Neuroregeneration at the Spinal Cord Injury Center, Prof. Dr. Stephan Frings, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Centre Masters Program, and Dr. Lucia Poggi, of the Neurodevelopment Division of the Centre for Organismal Studies.


As the premiere neuroscience competition for high school students in Germany, the Brain Bee engages young scientists in exploring the diversity and depth of the mechanisms of the brain, including neurological diagnoses, neuroanatomy and neurohistology structures, and chemical neurotransmitters that facilitate memory, movement, emotions, and the senses. The program provides the motivation, curricular resources, and community support to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of national competitiveness.



The Brain Bee ("Bee" is an English synonym for "contest") is a neuroscience competition for young students, 14 to 18 years of age. Worldwide, there are around 150 local competitions every year in 25 nations across all six continents.



Julianne McCall

Lead Coordinator

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