PISCATAWAY, NJ - High school students will have a chance next month to show how smart they are and possibly win cash prizes at a New Jersey Regional Brain Bee hosted at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.

Using a system similar to a spelling bee, students will be quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system on a book that can be downloaded from the internet.

Admission for the 2019 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee free and the contest is open to all student in New Jersey high schools, grades 9 through 12.

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It will be held Feb. 9, at the medical school, 675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ. Check-in for registered participants begins at 9:30 a.m. The competition begins at 10:30 a.m.

All the questions are taken from the book "Brain Facts," published by the Society for Neuroscience, which can be downloaded for free from the Society for Neuroscience Brain Bee website: http://www.brainfacts.org/the-brain-facts-book.

Information about the contest are available from Dr. Michael Matise (matisemp@rwjms.rutgers.edu) or Ms. Joan Mordes (mordesja@rwjms.rutgers.edu) or by calling (732) 235-5390.

Openings for the contest are limited. Interested students must register in advance. Information on entering the contest, as well as the rules and other details, are available online at http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/BrainBee.html  Contest officials urge students to register as soon as possible.

The top three finishers will receive cash prizes and the first place winner will receive an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the USA Brain Bee Championship April 12-14, 2019, on the campus of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.  

The Central Jersey contest is one of many across the country and internationally, leading to the International Brain Bee.

This regional contest is organized and judged by local members of the Society for Neuroscience, an international organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to advancing understanding of the brain and the nervous system.

The goal of this contest is to motivate young people to learn about the brain, and inspire them to pursue careers in brain-related fields.