Sriyaa Suresh was a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist. When she returned home from the competition, she found she had made the local news.
Sriyaa said Broadcom MASTERS will be one of many science competitions. She plans to participate in many other science fairs and eventually major in a STEM field.
The Society caught up with Sriyaa a month after Broadcom MASTERS.
You recently became a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS. What was it like to receive that recognition?
Receiving this recognition was probably the best experience I’ve ever had as a student so far. It is such an honor! The news of me being selected as a Broadcom MASTERS finalist reached local newspapers and I will receive a recognition at school from the Board of Directors. I was bombarded with calls, emails, and texts to congratulate me for this prestigious competition. A lot of my younger friends were inspired by my achievement. Broadcom MASTERS changed my life for the better and it was an extraordinary experience that I will never forget.
What was your most memorable experience at Broadcom MASTERS?
Pretty much the whole Broadcom MASTERS experience was unforgettable, but if I had to pick I would say that my most memorable experience at Broadcom MASTERS was meeting peers that have so much in common with me. I could truly connect with them and unlike my friends back at home, they didn’t smirk when I talked about scientific advancements! I still keep in touch with my Broadcom buddies and I truly am grateful for that.
Can you provide a short description of your research project?
I designed an experiment to model the effect of third-hand cigarette smoke on human’s reproductive and central nervous systems by using drosophila melanogaster, which are commonly known as fruit flies.
Has your involvement in Broadcom MASTERS influenced you to pursue STEM or promote STEM to others?
Absolutely. One of my plans for the future is to pursue a career in STEM. My involvement in Broadcom MASTERS influenced me to pursue this career because although I was interested in a STEM field before Broadcom MASTERS, my experience there truly kindled and sparked my interest in it even more. Just talking to the other finalists about their projects got me thinking of different aspects of science, technology, and mathematics.
Do you have other STEM goals or projects that you’re working on?
I am currently a freshman in high school and I’m working on a science project this year. I’m hoping to take my project to Intel ISEF and other science fairs. I wish that I was still in middle school so that I could try to participate in Broadcom MASTERS another year! I am planning to continue participating in science fairs for all four years of high school and conduct research projects in college and beyond.
What is a fun science activity in your town or state?
A lot of fun science endeavors near me happen in the Da Vinci Science Center, which has lots of hands-on activities. There are numerous summer camps for all ages and it also hosts an Inventor’s Lab, where middle school students present their ideas and innovate. I also visit the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where you can find many fun activities for all ages.
Do you have any advice to young people interested in science or math?
Let your innovations come to life and love what you do. Remember to never give up and always keep at your goals; you will surely get the fruit of your hard work and perseverance.