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

At five middle schools across Colorado today, 6 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:

Alex Amash, grade 8, of Fort Collins, CO for his project Chemical Food Preservatives: How Effective Are They at Retarding Bacterial Growth? Alex received an Honorable Mention in Microbiology at CSEF.

Fiona Anderson, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for her project Liquid Invisibility Cloak. Fiona took 1st Place in Physics at CSEF.

Amrita Purkayastha, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for his project Rocket Design, Part 3: Exploring How Vortex Generators Affect Boundary Layer Airflow. Amrita took 2nd Place in Animal Sciences at CSEF.

Rahul Ramesh, grade 8, of Greenwood Village, CO for his project How Weight Affects Canine Hypothyroidism. Rahul received an Honorable Mention in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.

Hari Sowrirajan, grade 8, of Aurora, CO for his project Soak Up the Sun: Using Nanoparticles to Catalyze Water Vaporization. Hari took 1st Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.

Liam Young, grade 7, of Colorado Springs, CO for his project The Bubble Effect: How Nozzle Induced Cavitation Reduces Surface Drag on Water Vessels. Liam took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation and was the 2nd Place Best Junior Division Project at CSEF.

and were selected from more than 2,000 entrants representing 247 middle schools across the United States and Puerto Rico. The 300 semifinalists represent 36 states 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.

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 September 17th. 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