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One year later: Broadcom MASTERS International 2014 delegate update

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The whole Broadcom MASTERS International 2014 crew at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. 

 With Broadcom MASTERS International just around the corner, we asked last year’s delegates how their week in Los Angeles affected them. This year, the program will be run in Pittsburgh, where the excitement for science will really be brought to life!

Shai Grizek, 2014 delegate from Beer Sheva, Israel told us that he knows he wants to pursue a career in science.  Broadcom MASTERS International was an amazing experience for Shai, an experience that certainly solidified his drive and passion for STEM.

Aishwarya Vinod Nambiar of Bangalore, India echoed Shai’s sentiment:

The experience of being a part of the Broadcom MASTERS inspires me to do more in the field of science and engineering and be a part of it all again.

Another delegate from India, Ram Mananth, was also moved to work toward a career in engineering and science.

“I want all children our age to have initiative in science and research, to keep and cherish it until the end of their days.”

If you’re a middle school student looking to get involved, Sean Weber of Sequim, Washington, USA recommends “to first choose a topic that you really enjoy and can be passionate about.  The next step would be to really learn about your topic and gather some background information and how you might be able to complete a science project on your topic.   Once that is done it is time to get down to work and follow the scientific or engineering process to do your experiments and testing.”

For SSP and the Broadcom Foundation, it’s not only about setting a strong bedrock for our participants’ future- it’s about fostering a community of enthusiastic young scientists and researchers for these students. Broadcom MASTERS International makes this a global effort.

“One year post Broadcom MASTERS International, I am in regular touch with many of the friends that were made from the incredible week we spent in Los Angeles - I am in touch with many via Facebook, email and Snapchat,” said Jessica Broder of Okanagan Falls, Canada.  “I know that these people will be a part of my life forever….and hopefully, one day, I will actually be able to see them in person in their respective countries.”

The memories our Broadcom MASTERS 2014 participants made together will sustain true friendships for years to come.

“My favorite memory would be the visit to Broadcom Foundation as it has allowed me to receive a glimpse into STEM careers and the discussion about various prevailing problems and challenges in society with the Broadcom engineers has enabled me to appreciate the application of science in engineering,” said Cher Ying Foo of Singapore, Singapore.

Cher has recently been selected as one selected to attend the 2015 RSI (Research Science Institute) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this summer. She will have the opportunity to undergo a five-week intensive research internship.

This year, Broadcom MASTERS International will be held from Sunday, May 10 to Friday, May 15 in Pittsburgh. There will be delegates from 16 countries across six continents. Each delegate is chosen for their excellence in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. 

The students participate in fun and engaging hands-on science & engineering activities with  the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair as a backdrop.  They take advantage of the Intel ISEF activities, but primarily stay together as a cohesive group of young people excited about learning and sharing their science experiences. 

4:30am, May 1, 2015
Danielle Jacobson Duy Phan, Carolyn, Gregory Konar, Audrey Leasure, Raihan Kabir

On Thursday, April 16, SSP staff had the opportunity to reconnect with science education program alumni currently studying or working at Johns Hopkins University. 

The trip began with a stop at the JHU Undergraduate Research Day to see some of the work of our impressive alumni on display. 

4:30am, April 29, 2015

Makayla Gates came to Washington, DC for the first time in her life last year. She flew into the city for Broadcom MASTERS 2014, where she presented her project entitled Acoustic Levitation: The Wave of the Future.

It's been a whirlwind of a year for Makayla since Broadcom MASTERS. Read on to learn more! 

How did you initially become involved in science?

4:30am, April 27, 2015

Alexandra Rojek, an Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2011 semifinalist, is currently an undergraduate at Harvard.

She co-founded the International Collegiate Science Journal (ICSJ) over the past year, with the help of several SSP alumni, including: Malone Locke, Intel ISEF 2007-2008; Abrar Choudhury, Intel STS 2012 semifinalist; Cissy Chen, Intel ISEF 2011; Carrie Sha, Intel STS 2013 semifinalist; and Joyce Kang, Intel STS 2014 finalist.

4:30am, April 22, 2015

Every year, middle school science enthusiasts across the country vie for top prizes at their regional science fair. At affiliated fairs, the top 10% of students receive an incredible opportunity- a nomination to apply for Broadcom MASTERS!

We contacted a few regional fairs that had standout application rates in 2014 to hear their tips for encouraging Broadcom MASTERS nominees to submit applications online. 

3:48pm, April 21, 2015

We bet you probably didn't know that by the time young women go to college, only 3% of them will declare a major in engineering, according to the Department of Education. 

On Thursday, April 23, SSP President and CEO Maya Ajmera will join Broadcom Foundation's President and Executive Director Paula Golden in Irvine, California to discuss filling in the gaps of STEM education for young women. 

Read more on the SSP blog

4:30am, April 2, 2015

Maria Elena Grimmett, a two-time Broadcom MASTERS Finalist (2011 – 2012) and two-time Intel ISEF Grand Award Winner (2013 – 2014), traveled to Cambridge University in England during mid-March to explore scientific discovery and its influence on literature. 

By Andrew Bridges 2:25pm, March 30, 2015

When it came to getting into the White House Science Fair, Holly Jackson had it all sewed up. Nikhil Behari, too, had just the right touch. And as for meeting President Barack Obama in person, it sent chills running up and down Harry Paul’s spine.

1:55pm, March 26, 2015

Eleven Society for Science & the Public alumni filled the  5th White House Science Fair with their inspiring research this past Monday, March 23. President Obama spoke with many of them, expressing pride for the hard work and brilliant innovations our alumni have created. 

Here are some fun photos from the day: 

4:06pm, March 23, 2015

“This is the fifth White House science fair and every year I walk out smarter than when I came in," President Obama said in his final remarks at the White House Science Fair. 

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