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:
Matthew Anderson, grade 7, of Denver, CO for his project How the Number of Alpha Particles Shielded Changes with Different Types of Shielding. Matthew received Honorable Mention in Physics at CSEF.
Sarah Bian, grade 8, of Denver, CO for her project Barking Up the Wrong Forest.
Tyler Burt, grade 8, of Arvada, CO for his project BPANIC?. Tyler received Honorable Mention in Chemistry & Biochemistry at CSEF.
Rewa Raizada, grade 7, of Highlands Ranch, CO for her project Water Conservation Using SMART Technology.
Esha Sury, grade 7, of Denver, CO for her project The Simple Approach to a Lifesaving Biosensor.
Nathaniel Brim, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for his project Departure Kinetics of Activated Carbon with Ion Exchange Resins, Poly Filter Pad, and Freshwater Bivalves in Aqueous Solutions Contaminated with Heavy Metals. Nathaniel took 2nd Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.
Marissa Jordan, grade 8, of Ignacio, CO for her project A Softer Side of Robots: Using Grippers Made from Soft Materials. Marissa took 1st Place in Engineering at CSEF.
Kathryn Kummel, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project Gone with the Wind: An Investigation of the Horseshoe Vortex Behind Tree Islands on Pikes Peak and What It Means for Tree Growth. Kathryn took 1st Place in Earth & Space Sciences and was the 1st Place Best Junior Division Project winner at CSEF.
Anuradha Prakash, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for her project Pee is for Plants. Anuradha took 1st Place in Plant Sciences at CSEF.
and were selected from nearly 2,500 entrants representing middle schools across the United States. The 300 semifinalists represent 37 states, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense overseas. 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 an award ribbon, semifinalist certificate of accomplishment, Broadcom MASTERS backpack, a Broadcom MASTERS decal, an Inventor's Notebook courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation, a one-year subscription to Mathemcatica+ software courtesy of Wolfram Research, and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine.
Founded in April 2009, the Broadcom Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation with its main mission to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity.
The foundation inspires young people to pursue careers in STEM through its signature programs, the Broadcom MASTERS and the Broadcom MASTERS International, premier science and engineering competitions for middle school students around the US and the world.
Society for Science & the Public is dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, the Society is a nonprofit whose vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its world-class competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning magazine, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire.
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 at Union Station 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.