Shambhavi Mishra has been crowned the 2016 Queensland Brain Bee champion at The University of Queensland. The state final of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge was held at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute. Brain Bee Challenge is a competition conducted for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, to find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.
Fifteen-year-old Shmbhavi outsmarted 126 other finalists from 48 Queensland Schools to take the title.
Shambhavi will represent Queensland and compete in the Australian national final in Hobart in December 2016. The challenge was founded in 2006 by QBI’s Deputy Director (Research) Professor Linda Richards.
Regional finals are conducted for those who pass the initial online test. The winner of the regional competitions will participate in the national championship. The national winner will represent Australia in the international Brain bee championships. Australia has won the International Brain Bee three times – in 2012 , 2013 and 2015