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

At seven middle schools across Colorado today, 9 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:

Julia Curd, grade 8, of Niwot, CO for her project Proteins of the Body and Their Relation to Cancer Tumors.

William Dienstfrey, grade 8, of Louisville, CO for his project Optical Illusions: Contrast Induced Asynchrony. William took 4th Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at CSEF.

Anudeep Golla, grade 8, of Broomfield, CO for his project Seeking Predictability Trapped in the Midst of the Chaos of the Mandelbrot Set. Anudeep took 1st Place in Math & Computer Sciences and was the 1st Place Junior Division Best Project at CSEF.

Siddarth Ijju, grade 8, of Aurora, CO for his project UAV-Emergency Response: Building an Autonomous Quadcopter for Emergency Response.

Priya Kodenkandath, grade 8, of Highlands Ranch, CO for her project Veggie Tales: Can Vegetables Soften Water?

Kathryn Kummel, grade 7, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project All Spruced Up: The Cause and Consequence of Spruce Invasion into Aspen Canopies. Kathryn took 1st Place in Plant Sciences at CSEF.

Sophie Reeves, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for her project Cloud Chambers: A More Efficient and easy Way to Conduct Radon Tests in Homes.

Emhyr Subramanian, grade 8, of Aurora, CO for his project A Study of Super-Absorbent Polymers and Their Effectiveness in Organic Waste Extraction. Emhyr took 2nd Place in Chemistry & Biochemistry at CSEF.

Eliot Wright, grade 7, of Durango, CO for his project UV/HNO3 Deamination/CPD Mutagenesis in Antibiotic-Resistant Monera with Proteomic Analysis. Eliot took 2nd Place in Microbiology & Molecular Biology at CSEF.

and were selected from more than 2,000 entrants representing 250 middle schools across the United States. The 300 semifinalists represent 37 states. 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 20th. 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