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300 Young Scientists Compete for National Recognition and Top $25,000 Scholarship

At seven middle schools across Colorado today, 7 students are celebrating their selection as one of 300 semifinalists of the Broadcom MASTERS competition - America's premiere science competition for middle school students. As the best and brightest young scientific minds in the state, each of these seven semifinalists, and their teachers, are honored for their dedication and achievement. A full listing of all 300 semifinalists can be found at Society for Science & the Public's web site.

This year's Colorado semifinalists include:

Elya Courtney, grade 8, of Monument, CO for her project Is the Drag Force on a Supersonic Projectile Proportional to Air Density? Elya took 2nd Place in Physics at CSEF.

Ashley D'Agnese, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project The Heat Is On.

Fionna Kopp, grade 6, of Boulder, CO for her project Sugar Tasting for Yeast.

Kelsey Lindbloom, grade 8, of Salida, CO for her project Fueling the Future. Kelsey took 2nd Place in Microbiology at CSEF.

Ilse Meiler, grade 8, of Lafayette, CO for her project Splat! An Investigation into the Splatter Patterns of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Fluids. Ilse took 3rd Place in Physics at CSEF.

Rahul Ramesh, grade 7, of Denver, CO for his project Got Fuel? Constructing A Microbial Fuel Cell to Generate Electricity from Cow Dung. Rahul took 2nd Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.

Evan Savage, grade 7, of Boulder, CO for his project Growing Algae for Biodiesel in the Desert. Evan took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation and was the 2nd Place Junior Division Best Project at CSEF.

and were selected from more than 1,460 entrants representing 290 middle schools across the United States and Puerto Rico. The 300 semifinalists represent 38 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. These top young scientists, in 5th through 8th grades when their entry was submitted, won the nomination by excelling at their regional or state science fair. Each entrant submitted written essays of their science, math and engineering projects. Semifinalists and their teachers will receive prizes from Broadcom Foundation and Elmer's Products, the official classroom partner of the Broadcom MASTERS.

Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public, said, "The skills acquired by students through participation in hands-on scientific and engineering research will help prepare them not only for further education, but for future careers. SSP is proud to join Broadcom Foundation to inspire and regard the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists for their project-based pursuits."

Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the US dedicated to public engagement in science and science education. Established in 1921, SSP is a membership organization dedicated to building understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.

Through its acclaimed education competitions and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Kids, SSP is committed to inform, educate and inspire. For 70 years, SSP education programs have inspired generations of science enthusiasts, including Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science recipients, and nearly 100,000 other distinguished program alumni. The Society believes that educating and inspiring the young scientists of tomorrow, whose vision will usher in new solutions to global challenges, is vital to the common future.

Following today's semifinalist selection, Broadcom Foundation and SSP will announce the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists on August 29th. The finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC in October to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom.

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Last modified 10/25/16