2015 Brain Bee Winner Named During Competition on Dec. 5

Release Date: 
Dec 9 2015

After a fierce and exciting competition, Carmel High School sophomore Xuchen Wei was named the victor of the sixth annual Indianapolis Brain Bee at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Xuchen was among the youngest of contestants, competing against many experienced junior and senior students.

The Brain Bee, a twist on a traditional spelling bee, requires competitors to answer questions about the brain and nervous system until only one student, the champion, remains. Hosted by the Departments of Psychology and Biology, and the School of Science, the bee is open to students in grades 9-12.

At the IUPUI Brain Bee, contestants also have exclusive opportunities to meet and discuss exciting neuroscience research with faculty and explore the IUPUI School of Science laboratory and teaching facilities.

Wei, as this year’s winner, walked away with a renewable $2,000 scholarship to IUPUI along with an expense-paid trip for him and one parent to attend the National Brain Bee competition in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Full results

First place: Xuchen Wei, sophomore, Carmel High School

Second place: Richard Du, senior, Carmel High School

Third Place: Kartik Gannamaneni, junior, Indiana Academy for Math, Science, and the Humanities

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