Design a Brain Experiment Competition Reminder

The January 16 deadline for the Dana Foundation’s annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition will be here before you can say amygdala. If you haven’t started working on your submission, it’s time to get busy! The 2014 competition featured some incredible submissions, led by the winning proposal, “Investigating the implications of specific inhibition of ß-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease,” from Gopika Hari of Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California.

Remember to be creative! Submissions must test an idea about the brain but beyond that criterion, nothing is off limits. The potential experiment can investigate any part of neuroscience, from teasing out its tiniest connections to looking at whole systems (i.e., people). Don’t forget, students should not complete their experiments.


We know many students are preparing for exams and writing papers, but there’s still time to think about ideas and get started. Submissions are due by January 16, 2015, for a chance to win the school or sponsoring nonprofit institution the first place prize of $500 or second place prize of $250. Entries can be completed by an individual student or a group of students. The winning experiments will be announced during Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22) and posted on the Dana Foundation website.

Check out the competition guidelines for more details and contact us at with any questions.

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 email Good luck!

–Simon Fischweicher

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