Australia lays claim to world’s brainiest student

24 Aug 2015
Jade Pham, image University of Western Sydney
Jade Pham, image University of Western Sydney

A year 11 student from Australia has been crowned 2015 International Brain Bee Champion today in Cairns, Australia.

The competition, which tests high school students’ neuroscience knowledge, included 23 national brain bee champions who travelled from across the world for the opportunity.

In a closely fought competition, Jade Pham from James Ruse Agriculture High School student, in Bankstown, New South Wales, won the competition ahead of a strong field.

“It was really amazing; I've worked so hard for it and it has helped me find my passion for neuroscience,” Jade said.

Australia has a strong history in the competition, having previously won it twice in the last four competitions.

United States competitor Soren Christensen finished in second position.

This year’s International Brain Bee was part of the 2015 joint International Society for Neurochemistry, Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry and Australasian Neuroscience Society’s Biennial Meeting.

The competition was co-sponsored by James Cook University, and held at JCU and the Cairns Convention Centre.

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