Congratulations to Wilbur Wang, a senior at Los Alamos High School, who became the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee winner at the UNM Health Sciences Center competition in early February.
"I think that the material that I've learned, and the labs that I got to see, have really convinced me that neuroscience is a field that may be in my future," said Wang.
In addition to UNM's BBHI, the NM Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience sponsored the statewide competition which seeks to encourage high school students to explore careers in neuroscience. During the day, students had the opportunity to tour labs and attend a lunch presentation featuring Russell Morton, PhD, a research scientist in the UNM Department of Neurosciences. Coordinators of this year's NM Brain Bee worked hard to ensure a diverse group of participants by presenting on neuroscience at both public and private high schools and engaging personally with students. During the Bee, 27 high school students from around the state tested their knowledge of the nervous system through a practical examination and written and oral response rounds.
The BBHI will sponsor Wang's trip to participate in the national competition in Baltimore in mid-March. National competition winners advance to the international level, which will be held in Washington D.C. The Society for Neuroscience also arranges a scientific laboratory internship for the U.S. and international winners.