Area Students Compete for “Best Brain”

Northeast Ohio Medical University held its annual Brain Bee competition on January 20, with 25 area students battling for the title of “Best Brain.” The Brain Bee is a live Q&A competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students through topics such as why we require sleep, why pain exists and what determines intelligence.

Sneha Shinde (pictured above answering a question during the competition), a student from Dublin Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio, was crowned as the first place winner of the Brain Bee. With the victory, Shinde will advance to compete in the National Brain Bee in Baltimore in March. Lipika Narisetti of Hilliard Darby High School finished second, while Sachi Chaudhari of Hoover High School placed third.

“We had a tremendous group of intelligent and motivated students participate this year, many of whom spent the past several months attending the free tutoring sessions held at NEOMED to prepare for the competition,” said Dana Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology and founder of the NEOMED Brain Bee. “It was great to see all of the competitors laughing with each other and forming friendships during the competition. They all have very bright futures ahead of them.”

To learn more about the Brain Bee and upcoming tutoring sessions, please contact Dr. Peterson at or 330.325.6476.

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