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Frequently Asked Questions about Broadcom MASTERS

Who can enter the Broadcom® MASTERS®?

Students in grades 6 to 8 who have been nominated through a SSP-affiliate fair are eligible. These fairs are provided the opportunity to nominate their top 10% of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for this national competition. Nominees will then need to complete an online application by June 18th to compete. 

How do I get started?

Students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade interested in participating must first complete a science fair project and compete in an SSP affiliate fair.  Go to the Find an SSP Affiliated Fair to find the affiliated fair in your area.

How do I get the online application?

When students are nominated through a SSP Affiliated Fair, they will receive a Broadcom MASTERS nominee packet that will include a log in id and password to provide them with access to the online application system.  If you have been nominated and do not have this login information, contact your fair director or email us at masters@societyforscience.org.

Can students who have completed team research enter Broadcom MASTERS?

Yes, but each student must submit an individual application. The application requires students to answer questions independently, as the project description only covers a portion of the application, and our judges want to distinguish how each student contributed to the project.  It is possible that only one team member could become a Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist or finalist. 

What is a SSP-Affiliated Fair?

A SSP-affiliated science fair is a science competition that is a member of Society for Science & the Public’s (SSP) fair network. These competitions exist in nearly every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries, regions, and territories.  They are held at the local, regional, state and national level.  These fairs agree to follow the International Rules and in most cases, send high school students to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  To find a fair in your area, go to Find an SSP Affiliated Fair.  If your fair is not listed and you are interested in affiliating for Broadcom MASTERS, please contact us at  masters@societyforscience.org

What do I do after I have won a Broadcom MASTERS Nomination?

All Broadcom MASTERS nominees are eligible to complete an online application to compete to become a National Semifinalist or to be one of 30 finalists named who will compete for a top award of $25,000.  There is an online application that is due June 18th.  This online application includes essay questions about your science fair project as well as some essay questions about understanding science and engineering in your everyday life.  For more information, go to For Nominees.

What is the 2013-2014 schedule?

Feb 1 – June 18

Broadcom MASTERS online application open

September 3

SSP and Broadcom will announce semifinalists

September 17

SSP and Broadcom will announce finalists and award all expense paid trips to Washington, D.C.

Oct 24 - Oct 29

Broadcom MASTERS Finals in Washington, DC


If my school does not participate with a SSP-Affiliate Fair, can I have my student just enter an application directly?

No, unfortunately your student is not able to enter directly.  However, if your school has a science fair and the coordinator would like to affiliate, please contact us at masters@societyforscience.org and we can discuss potentially affiliating your school science fair and providing the opportunity to name the top 10% of your students to the Broadcom MASTERS.  

If we currently are a SSP-Affiliate Fair that sends high school students to Intel ISEF, can the middle school students participate in Broadcom MASTERS?  Is there a cost?

If you have not already done so, all you need to do is confirm with SSP that you want to participate in Broadcom MASTERS and provide us with some basic information including estimates of the number of middle school students that participate in your fair. No, there is no additional cost to add Broadcom MASTERS to your portfolio. If you have students who are selected as finalists, Broadcom MASTERS covers the cost of a student and ONE parent/guardian to attend the finals in Washington, DC.

Is there a fee or cost for students to apply? And if a student is selected as a finalist, what costs does the fair, student, or parent incur? 

There is no fee for students to apply online. There is no cost for finalists plus ONE parent/guardian to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals in Washington, DC in early October.

Want more information?

For more information on the Broadcom MASTERS please contact us at masters@societyforscience.org.

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