February 13, 2009


Brain Bee attracts brightest minds to McMaster

Hamilton, ON. February 13, 2009 – The 6th Annual McMaster Brain Bee takes place on Tuesday, February 17, and will bring together nearly 100 high school students from Hamilton, Halton and Niagara to compete for the title of “best brain” by answering questions on topics such as intelligence, memory, emotions, movement, stress, aging, and sleep.

“The number of students attending the Brain Bee has doubled since last year, and interest in the field is growing rapidly,” says Judith Shedden, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. “The Brain Bee is an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to the public, and gives us a chance to show off McMaster to the brightest local minds.”

McMaster University will also host the second annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee from May 29-30. Competitors will come from all across Canada to compete for the national title, and the national winner will go on to compete internationally.

The Brain Bee is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, the McMaster Institute for Neuroscience Discovery and Study, and the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. 

Who: High school students from Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions

What: 6th Annual McMaster Brain Bee

Where: Psychology Building, McMaster University

When: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Time: 1:00 p.m.

McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and more than 140,000 alumni in 128 countries.




For more information please contact:


Judith Shedden

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 24345


Jane Christmas

Manager, Public & Media Relations

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext 27988


Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext 22869