University of Scranton will host the 20th annual Northeast Pennsylvania Brain Bee for high school students in grades nine through 12 on Saturday, Feb. 1. The competition begins at 1 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center on the university’s campus.

The competition encourages high school students to study the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movements, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders. All questions for the competition will be drawn from “Brain Facts,” a book about the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience.

Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program at the university and the Scranton Neuroscience Society, the Brain Bee is offered free of charge. Registration is required to participate, and the registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 31.

The snow date for the Brain Bee is Saturday, Feb. 8.

In previous years, students competing represented schools from throughout the region including: Abington Heights High School, Lackawanna Trail Junior-Senior High School, MMI Preparatory School, Parkland High School, Pittston Area High School, Pocono Mountain East High School, Riverside Junior-Senior High School, Stroudsburg Area High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Western Wayne High School, Wyoming Area High School and Valley View High School, among others.

For more information or to register online, visit or contact Robert Waldeck, Ph.D., neuroscience program director and associate professor of biology at the university, at 570-941-4324 or