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Broadcom MASTERS 2015 Finalists

The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (Society) announced on September 2 the selection of 30 middle school students as finalists in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS® competition.

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (Society) are proud to announce the selection of 30 students as finalists in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS®– the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.
 
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) winners will be named on October 6 in Silicon Valley, CA, after completion of a rigorous competition that tests their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration. Congratulations to these 30 finalists, and to the 2,230 outstanding applicants for sharing their work this year.
 
 
Finalist Overview:
  • The finalists include 14 girls and 16 boys covering 14 states and representing 28 schools and one home school. California has the most finalists with eight, followed by Florida with five, Texas with three and two each from Minnesota, New York, and Utah.
  • Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,230 applicants representing 47 states, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.

Almonte, Carolyn Grade: 6
Burlington, New Jersey
Burlington Township Middle School
Project Title: The Effect of Phthalates Used in Consumer Products on Brine Shrimp Mortality and Motility

Anandarao, Pranav Grade: 8
Rochester, Minnesota
Friedell Middle School
Project Title: Efficiency of Electromagnetic Regenerative Shock Absorbers Under Simulated Road Conditions

Bhimaraju, Manasa Grade: 6
Cupertino, California
Kennedy Middle School
Project Title: Low-Cost Animated Teaching Tool for Study of Elements in the Periodic Table with an Interface for the Visually Impaired

Bodoni, Evelyn Grade: 7
Centennial, Colorado
Challenge School
Project Title: Whatever It Takes

Caven, Blake Grade: 6
Jacksonville, Florida
Julia Landon College Preparatory
Project Title: The Effect of Different Algorithms on Lacrosse Simulation Difficulty

Cevasco, Hannah Grade: 8
San Carlos, California
St. Charles School
Project Title: Honey, I Found A Cure! Nature's Healing Agent/Anti-Inflammatory

Choi, Soyoun Grade: 8
Melbourne, Florida
Viera Charter School
Project Title: Is English Your Only Language? The Effect of Bilingualism on Cognitive Development in Adolescents

Chugh, Natasha Grade: 8
Plano, Texas
Rice Middle School
Project Title: Shower Water Usage Reminder System

Clowes, Avery Grade: 7
Bolton, Massachusetts
Oak Meadow School
Project Title: Position the Dropper

Du, Maximilian Grade: 7
Manlius, New York
Eagle Hill Middle School
Project Title: A New, Better, and Economic Method to Measure and Extract Caffeine from Drinks

Eggebraaten, Andrew Grade: 8
Rochester, Minnesota
John Adams Middle School
Project Title: Building a Better Robotic Hand: Stronger, Wireless, Tactile Feedback, Controllable with an iPhone app

Glende, Audrey Grade: 6
Salt Lake City, Utah
Bonneville Elementary
Project Title: Ammonia: A Fishy Problem

Grimmett, Glenn Grade: 7
Jupiter, Florida
The Weiss School
Project Title: Got Milk? Prevalence of Aflatoxin M1, β-Lactams, Sulfamethazine, and Tetracycline in South Florida Consumer Milk

Huitt, Joseph Grade: 8
Chico, California
Notre Dame Catholic School
Project Title: Honey! Where is all the Honey? The Effect of Stored Pollen on Honey Production

Kinsey, Elizabeth Grade: 8
Wilmington, North Carolina
Charles P. Murray Middle School
Project Title: Water Pollution and the Eastern Oyster: A Study of Juvenile Crassostrea virginica

Lindsay, Mikayla Grade: 7
Niceville, Florida
Okaloosa STEMM Academy
Project Title: Force Field Fact or Fiction

Liu, Bryant Grade: 8
Rocky Point, New York
Rocky Point Middle School
Project Title: Effects of Pretreatment on the Release of Simple Sugars from Plant Fallen Leaves

Mellen, Sebastian Grade: 8
San Diego, California
Mt. Everest Academy
Project Title: MathSuite: An Innovative Android App that Makes Dreaded Calculations FUN! Published on Google Play!

Menezes, Naya Grade: 8
San Diego, California
Thurgood Marshall Middle School
Project Title: Effective Headgear in Soccer

Mital, Rohit Grade: 7
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Indus Center for Academic Excellence
Project Title: Using Geometry to Protect the Environment and Save Lives

O'Neal, Isaiah Grade: 8
Los Angeles, California
Portola Highly Gifted Magnet School
Project Title: Plant Electrophysiology Investigating Trigger Hairs: How Does Stimulation of Trigger Hairs Affect the Generation of Action Potentials in a B52 Venus Flytrap?

Ortiz, Nikolai Grade: 6
Corpus Christi, Texas
Seashore Middle Academy
Project Title: What's In Your Water? The Answer May Be Heavier Than You Think!

Ostojic, Annie Grade: 7
Munster, Indiana
Wilbur Wright Middle School
Project Title: A Novel Microwave Cavity Design Using Cylindrical Parabolic Reflectors to Optimize Energy Efficiency

Perez, Nicholas Grade: 7
Lake Elsinore, California
St. Edward School
Project Title: Saving the Lives of Wildland Firefighters with a Hydrated Polyacrylate Fire Shelter

Ragula, Kanishka Grade: 8
Salt Lake City, Utah
Reid School
Project Title: A Hydraulic Solar Tracking System for Improving the Efficiency of Solar Panels

Singhani, Anish Grade: 7
San Ramon, California
Diablo Vista Middle School
Project Title: Easy to Use Wireless Solution for Disabled People to Control Wheelchair and a Virtual Keyboard using Brainwaves

Suresh, Sriyaa Grade: 8
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Springhouse Middle School
Project Title: The Effect of Third Hand Cigarette Smoke on the Geotaxis and Oviposition in Drosophila melanogaster

Toonder, Madison Grade: 8
St. Augustine, Florida
Florida Virtual School
Project Title: The Effect of Sunblock Nanoparticles of Zinc Oxide and Micronized Sunscreen Chemicals on the Ability of the Bivalve Mollusk to Filter Bay Water

Yue, David Grade: 8
Plano, Texas
Rice Middle School
Project Title: Stereoscopic Three-Dimensional X-ray Reconstruction Processing and its Application to Cancer Prevention

Zaman, Anusha Grade: 8
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Glasgow Middle School
Project Title: Betel Leaf and Gutkha Up Regulate Detoxification Genes

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