- Selected from a pool of 1,807 applicants, they will each receive a $500 cash award and will participate in finals week in Washington, D.C., encompassing multiple team challenges and judging.
Eight Indian Americans are among 30 finalists in the 2022 annual Broadcom MASTERS, the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science has announced. The finalists are competing in the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) middle school competition, for more than $100,000 in awards.
The program, founded and produced by Society for Science, “seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will work towards solving the grand challenges of the future,” according to a Society of Science press release. Each of the 30 finalists will be judged on both their research projects as well as their demonstration of collaboration and critical thinking skills during team challenges, emphasizing the importance and value of teamwork in STEM fields.
Indian American finalists include: Dhroov Bharatia, 8th Grade, Wilson Middle School Plano, Texas (QuakeWake: AI to the Rescue); Ankit Biswas, 8th Grade, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, Charlotte, North Carolina (A Novel LP-Based Approach To Mitigating Launch Vehicle CO2 Emissions); Shaunak Dalal, 8th Grade, Hershey Middle School, Hershey, Pennsylvania (Effect Upon Closure Dynamics of the Application of Weak Acids to the Pulvinus of the Venus Fly Trap); Mahi Kohli, 7th Grade, California Trail Middle School, Olathe, Kansas (Identifying Potential Alzheimer’s Biomarkers in Cerebrospinal Fluid); Sritej Sai Padmanabhan, 8th Grade, Marshall Middle School Wexford, Pennsylvania (Can Video Analysis of Hand Tremors Aid in Telehealth?): Moitri Santra, 8th Grade, Jackson Heights Middle School, Oviedo, Florida (Innovative Engineering Tools for Controlling Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB): Year 3); Sanjan Singh Sarang, 8th Grade, McCullough Junior High School, The Woodlands, Texas (Testing the Impact of Food Ingredients, Consumer Products and their Packaging on the Human Endocrine System); and Aryaman Dixit Shukla, 8th Grade, Hanes Magnet Middle School Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Repurposed Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Leaf Mulch Pellets).
“We are excited to host the 2022 Broadcom MASTERS finalists in Washington D.C. this fall,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. “They stand out among thousands of students who competed at science fairs throughout the U.S. this year and we know they will be an inspiration to all future scientists, engineers and innovators of their generation.”
Noting that “these extraordinary students are looking for solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems,” Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science and Publisher of Science News, commended the finalists “for their hard work to make the world a better place.”
All 30 finalists, who were selected from a pool of 1,807 applicants, will each receive a $500 cash award and will participate in Finals Week in Washington, D.C., encompassing multiple team challenges and judging.