Akhil Kondepudi, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, won the 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee, an annual neuroscience competition held at Washington University in St. Louis! The second place winner was Shelei Pan, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School!
This year, 40 high school student participated in the multiple choice test, with 10 students moving on to the oral competition. In addition to these tests, the students took part in hands-on activities, such as holding a human brain and participating in a neuroscience panel discussion.
Akhil took second place in the competition last year. With a goal in mind, he began training for this year’s event by reading the Brain Facts book provided by the Society of Neuroscience, the organization running the international competition. He also delved into textbooks to build upon his knowledge!
Akhil will attend a summer research fellowship at a WashU laboratory and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Brain Bee in Maryland in March.