Design a Brain Experiment Competition Deadline: January 17

The January 17th deadline for the Dana Foundation’s “Design a Brain Experiment Competition” is only a few months away. Last year we received some incredible experiments, topped off by the winning submission, “The Use of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors in the Treatment of Schizophrenia,” from Charltien Long of the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California. We’re eager to see what creative ideas are proposed this year.

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A professor at the University of Texas at Arlington demonstrates how to dissect the brain and identify its parts and functions. (BAW Photo Gallery 2012)

Submissions must test a hypothesis about the brain. The proposed experiment can investigate any part of neuroscience, from teasing out its tiniest connections to looking at whole systems (i.e., people). You might design a study that examines the impact of concussions on the brain, or possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Remember, students should not complete their experiments—it’s just the ideas we’re looking for—so get creative! Submit your best design by Friday, January 17, 2014, for a chance to win your school 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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