Competition Day Schedule

Approximate schedule of events (times may change):

8:30am – 9:00am    sign-in and same-day registration     (MERF Atrium)

9:00am – 10:00am  neuroscience presentations (Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A MERF)

10:00am    Iowa Brain Bee – Round I     (Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A MERF)

~11:00am    Iowa Brain Bee – Round II     (Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A MERF)

~12:00pm    Top 3 Awards     (Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A MERF)

To minimize potential risk due to COVID-19 we will not be catering this event this year and will endeavor to complete the Brain Bee event prior to a typical lunch hour. Please contact the Neuroscience Graduate Program at for further information.

Note: Participants wishing to be present for the Iowa Brain Bee must be on-site and signed-in by 9:30am.


Where to go

Please arrive at the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) Atrium.

375 Newton Rd, Iowa City, IA 52246

Entering MERF through the door closest to the Newton Road Parking Ramp, the Atrium is located up the stairway, toward the South end of the building. Alternatively, there is a direct entrance to the Atrium at the top of the hill, which can be accessed by walking up the sidewalk along the side of the MERF building. Prem Sahai Auditorium is located off of the MERF Atrium.

Where to park

Parking is available across the street at the Newton Road Parking Ramp. Please note that this is a parking ramp with an hourly fee. We are unable to validate parking or provide parking passes.


Additional parking can be found on the University of Iowa  Parking and Transportation webpage:   

Buses may drop off students at the bus stop just outside the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF).