The 2006 Third Annual McMaster Brain Bee IS OVER!
Sabrina Nurmohamed - 2nd Place
Carol Cui - 3rd Place
This was the largest and most exciting Brain Bee so far!
We had 22 competitors:
Dr. Judy Shedden and Associate Dean of Science Dr. Dick Day welcome the contestants to the Brain Bee.
There were 3 challenging "written answer" rounds consisting of 45 questions. Students had 30 seconds to write the correct answer.
Answers were carefully graded by our panel of judges.
The 5 top students were selected for the final elimination rounds, which required oral answers following the traditional "bee" rules. Students had only 15 seconds to produce the correct answer.
Our top 5 Brain Bee competitors, from left to right:
After the break, the audience enjoyed 5 great talks:
Dr. Ron Racine
Dr. Dan Goldreich
Graduate student, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour
This year's Brain Bee was a huge success because of the hardworking staff members and volunteers
(people listed in their primary roles, but many performed multiple tasks:
Staff, as always provide exemplary service:
Ann Hollingshead and Milica Pavlica (perfection as always)
Gary Weatherill (always there when you need him)
Stacey Smith (always there when you need her)
Miroslav Cika, Jan Lewandowski (provided the "seats of judgement")
Students (in no particular order):
Darren Parker (question prep, question reader, and primary organizing guy)
Jenny Campos (judge, certificate printing, many other tasks)
Jennifer Heisz (judge, purchasing supplies)
George Chan (digital clock timekeeper)
Pete Stewart (question prep, tech support)
Ferrinne Spector (question prep, question reader, meet and greet, written answer coordination)
Meredith Young (question prep, written answer coordination)
Chao He (question prep, scorekeeper delivery guy)
Sam Hannah (question prep, scorekeeper)
Nisha Gupta (scorekeeper)
Rob Berger (question reader)
Joanna Zygmunt (Fall envelope stuffing, official photographer)
Aaron Hackett (meet and greet, autobiographical talk, written answer coordination)
Sanket Ullal (autobiographical talk, written answer coordination)
Philip Gander (written answer coordination, all round chat-em-up guy)
Jessica Phillips-Silver (autobiographical talk)
Michelle Linde (Fall envelope stuffing)
Len Verhey (Fall envelope stuffing)
Stan Govenlock, Phil Gander (will help prepare Kim for the International Brain Bee)
Gautam Ullal (judge)
Dick Day (intro pep talk)
Dan Goldreich (autobiographical talk)
Ron Racine (autobiographical talk, awards ceremony)
Judy Shedden (that's me, the brain bee organizer and the one who has the most fun)