Neuroscience Program Holds ‘Brain Day’
Creighton's neuroscience program held the first Creighton Brain Day in early February 2022 when 15 local high school students spent the day on campus with Creighton neuroscience students. Creighton's neuroscience program is an official regional site for the National Brain Bee, a competition for students ages 13-19 to promote the study of the brain. All participants took a written test, toured physics, chemistry, and biology/neuroscience labs, conducted a sheep brain dissection, and were wired into electrodes to read electrical activity from complex movements of their eyes.
Creighton’s neuroscience students who are members of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, spoke with the high school students about their research throughout the day. The final event of Brain Day was a competition to determine the top participant, eligible to compete nationally at the National Brain Bee on April 9, 2022. After 20 rounds of oral examination, Deeksha Sridher, a senior from Millard North, was awarded first place. Omaha Central students Madeline Galloway and Marcus Sherrod were awarded second and third places, respectively.
This year’s Brain Day was supported by the Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund awarded to Gwen King, PhD, assistant professor, and Annemarie Shibata, PhD, professor. They are hopeful that this can become an annual event to grow knowledge about the brain across Omaha and promote STEM students’ knowledge and excitement for advance neuroscience study.