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Sixteen students from Los Angeles area named Top STEM Students

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science are thrilled to announce that 16 students from the Los Angeles, California area are among the top 300 middle school scientists in the country. They have been named to a list of the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

The students include:

  • Kaitlyn Sharrer, Fruitvale Junior High, Bakersfield, CA
  • Hannah Chaix, CMason Co-op Homeschool, Chino Hills, CA
  • Zane Shaiyen, Fairmont Private School – Historic Anaheim Campus, Anaheim, CA
  • Audrey Huang, Lakeside Middle School, Irvine, CA
  • Marissa Huang, Lakeside Middle School, Irvine, CA
  • Sasha Lichtman, Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Irvine, CA
  • Brianna Liu, South Lake Middle School, Irvine, CA
  • Ashvik Nacham, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, Irvine, CA
  • Abhijith Sivaprakash, Deerfield Elementary School, Irvine, CA
  • Erinne Park, Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Daisy Luke, Portola Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, CA
  • Jake Maniscalco, American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Alexander Gavin, Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Yuha Lim, Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Gavin Sarmiento, Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Anika Nunes, Fairmont Private School – Historic Anaheim Campus, Anaheim, CA

The Top 300 MASTERS were selected from 1,807 students from 47 states and three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

The Broadcom MASTERS, a program founded and produced by the Society for Science, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st century.

The students’ names and a state-by-state breakdown of the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS can be found at https://www.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters/2022-top-300-masters.

On September 21, 30 of the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will be named finalists. Selected by a panel of scientists, engineers and educators from around the nation, the finalists will be competing for over $100,000 including the coveted $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, the $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award, the $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, and the $5,000 Broadcom Coding with Commitment Award.

“Congratulations to the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science and Publisher of Science News. “I am so inspired by these young people who are working to solve problems in their communities and the world at large by using science and engineering. At a time when we are battling ongoing threats from climate change to a pandemic to cybersecurity, these young people offer inspiration and hope for the future that is badly needed.”

The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS’ independent STEM research projects tackle a broad range of subjects, such as:

  • Identifying hate speech on social media
  • Exploring sustainable batteries
  • Investigating bioplastics
  • Researching autonomous vehicles
  • Assessing face mask efficacy

“Congratulations to the Top 300 2022 Broadcom MASTERS,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. “These young scientists, engineers and innovators will define our future. We need them to bring their passion and skill to help solve the grand challenges of our time and create sustainability here on Earth.”

In addition to the $125 cash prize, the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will each receive a prize package containing an award ribbon; semifinalist certificate of accomplishment; Broadcom MASTERS backpack; a Broadcom MASTERS decal; a specialized Invention Journal, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation; a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Notebook Edition, courtesy of Wolfram Research; and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine. In recognition of the role that teachers play in the success of their students, each designated teacher also will receive a Broadcom MASTERS tote bag; a special edition booklet of Science News Explores Invention & Innovation articles from The Lemelson Foundation; and a one-year digital subscription to Science News magazine.

This article was released by the Society for Science.