Design a Brain Experiment Competition


For a second straight year, the Dana
Foundation is calling on the future neuroscientists of America to submit their
most creative brain experiment ideas to the Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Last year we received some incredible submissions;
Examining the Molecular Mechanism for the
Behavioral Effects of Chronic Social Defeat on a Mouse Model
from Michaela Ennis at the Pingry School in New Jersey, was the winning

Here’s what you need to know about the
competition: Submissions must test an idea about the brain, but can be anything
from designing an experiment exploring treatments for traumatic brain injury to
examining the effects of television on early childhood brain development. Remember,
students should not complete their
experiment, only design it, so be creative! Submit your best design by January 17 for a chance to
win the first place prize of $500 or second place prize of $250. The winning
experiments will be announced during Brain
Awareness Week
(March 11-17) and
posted on the Dana
Foundation website

This competition is for U.S. high
school students only and can be completed by individual students, groups, or
even entire classrooms. However all experiments must be submitted by a high
school teacher, school official, or afterschool program coordinator. Each
instructor is limited to five total submissions. For more information please
refer to the competition’s full guidelines or e-mail Good luck! 

–Simon Fischweicher

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