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This animal lover plans to become a vet

7:00AM, October 25, 2016
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Madison standing in front of a Bengal tiger skeleton.

Photos courtesy of Madison Toonder.

Madison Toonder loves animals. She loves them so much she spent her summer at a veterinary intensive program. She also interns at an animal hospital and volunteers at a zoo.

Read our interview with Madison, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist, below to learn more about her animal adoration, which fruit vet students practice surgeries on, and how she plans to achieve her lofty goals.

ON GOING TO STEM SUMMER CAMP: I chose the Tufts Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine's two-week summer intensive in Massachusetts because it directly relates to my career path. Tuft's program is designed to offer high school students insight into the rigors of veterinary school.

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During the two-week program, we attended lectures, studied animal anatomy during fascinating dissections and hands-on palpitations, completed hospital rounds with 4th-year veterinary students, and explored the many different career-path possibilities within veterinary medicine.

We learned the proper procedure for handling animals, how to perform routine check-ups on a variety of animals, and observed surgical procedures. One of my favorite opportunities was scrubbing into a canine spinal cord surgery  it was truly inspiring to observe such a complex procedure! Another favorite activity was suturing bananas to practice our techniques. 

Thanks to Broadcom MASTERS, my passion to pursue STEM has greatly strengthened.

I got a much deeper comprehension of the demands of vet school. It was inspiring to not only meet like-minded people with shared passions, but also to discuss our diverse backgrounds and how to plan to achieve our lofty goals.

HOW BROADCOM MASTERS SATISFIED HER SCIENTIFIC CURIOSITY: Thanks to Broadcom MASTERS, my scientific curiosity was recognized on a national level, leading to invaluable experiences both at the competition and beyond. Doors were opened for other opportunities like Stanford University Online High School, where I'm now a student. Now I have the ability to stand out in highly competitive arenas.

Thanks to the recognition from Broadcom MASTERS, my passion to pursue the advancement of STEM has greatly strengthened. During my typical agenda spending countless hours on my research, in the veterinary hospital, or traveling around the country to attend science-related events and activities, I'm constantly reminded of how Broadcom MASTERS contributed to my continued love of science.

WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT STEM GOALS: Since Broadcom MASTERS, I was awarded the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award and traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in a series of conservation-related events. The finalists were also incorporated into the National Marine Educators Association Youth Conference, where we practiced the necessary skills of a conservation leader.

I aspire to be an exotic animal veterinarian, so attending Tufts was important to me. I regularly intern at my local animal hospital, where I shadow the veterinarians, observe surgical procedures, learn how to do a basic pet exam and how to conduct lab tests. I also volunteer at a zoo where I handle a variety of animals and educate the public about them.

12:15pm, October 24, 2016

Meet Dianne Newman

Find out why she believes science fairs have the power to motivate and her favorite moment as a 1987 and 1988 Intel ISEF finalist.

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12:00pm, October 24, 2016
Dianne researches the role bacteria played in shaping the Earth.

The wonders of microbial metabolism

Learn more about the ancient microbes that shaped the Earth's geosphere, "invented" metabolism, and came to the rescue during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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2:59pm, October 23, 2016
Luiz's brain-machine interface improves tactile feedback for those who use prosthetic limbs.

Why this high school student chases utopias

Read our profile with Luiz to find out why he chases utopias, his current STEM goals, and achieving his dream by attending Intel ISEF.

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Luiz Fernando da Silva Borges, a Brazilian high school student, is working to make it possible for those who use prosthetic limbs to recover their lost movements.

11:31am, October 21, 2016

Laura Sanders was having a blast as a creative writing major at Vanderbilt University — but something felt wrong. “It was fiction writing, and we would just make up stories and have seminars and have a lot of fun. Halfway through I thought: Maybe I should add science.”

4:05pm, October 20, 2016

Dissecting pig and sheep lungs to learn how people breathe is how one teen spent her summer. Hari Bhimaraju loves biomedical science and learning about how the body works.

Read our interview with Hari, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist, below to learn more about her dissections, her medicine management app, and what fruit represents burn victims.

7:00am, October 19, 2016
Avery Clowes speaking during the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS competition.

Building the next generation of ion thrusters to take astronauts to more distant stars — before entering high school. That's one of Avery Clowes' goals.

"I've been working on powering the next generation of ion thrusters," said Avery, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist. "I've engineered a system that is potentially cheaper, more efficient, and even beneficial to astronauts."

7:00am, October 13, 2016

Frances BarronFrances Barron got hooked on biochemistry through watching sea urchin fertilization in an undergraduate lab. As Vice President of Biology and Regulatory Affairs at Nanomedical Diagnostics, a biotech company in San Diego, California, Frances asks herself how the complex processes of forming life can be harnessed to solve medical problems.

11:30am, October 11, 2016

As a high school student, Jessika Baral applied for a patent on a device she invented. Not many high school students can graduate saying they've done that.

Jessika created a device that strengthens eye muscles and improves peripheral vision. She also donated several of the devices to vision-challenged high school students. Now she's working to develop at test for small cell lung cancer.

1:42pm, October 6, 2016
Give to Science Day November 9, 2016

Share your stories and photos of how you give to science with the Society for Science & the Public. We want to spread the ways that people can be involved in STEM fields.

If you submit a photo and caption of how you give to science to by October 24, you'll be entered to win one of our T-shirts with the names of exoplanets!

7:00am, October 4, 2016

As an American high school student walked throughout China and met local students, she realized in spite of their different language and culture, "we were all inspired by the same thing — science."

Katie Younglove, a 2016 Intel ISEF finalist, recently returned to the U.S. after a special awards trip to China. The group of finalists chosen to travel to China spent over a week visiting several cities, schools, and other students interested in STEM.

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