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2 BASIS Chandler students tops in annual Brain Bee

March 13th, 2022 development
2 BASIS Chandler students tops in annual Brain Bee


Two BASIS Chandler students were among the top three finalists in the 23rd annual Arizona Regional Brain Bee held at Midwestern University in Glendale in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation.

Besting 28 students from 12 Arizona high schools in a competition focusing on neuroscience were first place winner Anushka Agrawal, second place champ Catherine McInnes and third place victor Aria Gibbons. Anushka and Catherine are juniors at BASIS Chandler and Catherine is a senior at Thunderbird High who last year attended Midwestern University’s Health Careers Institute for high school students.

The contest tests participants’ knowledge of the human brain and how it governs human behavior as well as the science that helps medical professionals understand brain function.

Anushka will now compete at the 2022 U.S. National Brain Bee, which will be held virtually on April 9.

Midwestern pharmacology professor Dr. Douglas Jones was the faculty academic director for the event.

Gen Fitzgerald, a third-year medical student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine who won the Arizona Regional Brain Bee as a student at Desert Vista High School in 2013, and second-year AZCOM student Carmen Jones served as the lead judges for the finals round of the competition.

Midwestern University faculty and student volunteers served as additional judges, question readers, timers, and scorekeepers in breakout rooms.

Questions ran the gamut from identifying physical features of the brain itself to naming brain disorders and diseases to surgical and medical practices that modify neural behaviors.

The Arizona Regional Brain Bee is funded as a result of generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.

Midwestern University is a private nonprfit graduate and postgraduate institution specializing in the health sciences with 12 colleges on two campuses. The Arizona campus is home to over 3,900

Information: midwestern.edu or 623-572-3215.