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Sept. 11, 2017 - 6 Middle School Students Named in Broadcom MASTERS "Top 300"


Six students representing four Plano ISD middle schools were named among the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS (formerly known as semifinalist) on September 6, 2017. Competing in this competition were students from 49 states and four territories. Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition. Thirty national finalists will be selected from this group of 300 on September 20.

"Plano ISD has had 50 Broadcom MASTERS placing in the Top 300 in the past seven years, and five students who have reached finalists,” said Karen Shepherd, coordinator for secondary science. In this year's competition, Plano ISD students comprised just under one third of the 21 Texas awardees in the Top 300. 

Competitors were evaluated by a panel of scientists, engineers and educators. The students were judged on project creativity and originality; their ability to engage in analysis of data; and their understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world. The 2,499 applicants were nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by placing among the top 10 percent of middle school competitors at Society-affiliated regional and state science fairs.

Congratulations to these inspiring students (school and grade level listed below reflect the 2016-17 school year when application to the competition was made). Students that were nominated by their state fair as well as their regional fair are notated with an asterisk.

  • Yash Garg, Rice Middle School (8th Grade)* - Jail Break: Using Game Theory to Study the Emergence of the Nash Equilibrium and Cooperation in the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma
  • Pratyush Mohapatra, Renner Middle School (8th Grade)* - A Camera for an Eye Makes the Whole World See
  • Pratyush Mallick, Bowman Middle School (8th Grade) - The Fibrinogen Factor 
  • Nabil Sikora, Rice Middle School (8th Grade)* - Jail Break: Using Game Theory to Study the Emergence of Nash Equilibrium and Cooperation in Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • Keshav Vasanth, Otto Middle School (7th Grade) - Blinds That See 
  • Arnold Venter, Renner Middle School( 8th Grade)* - A Computer for an Eye Makes the Whole World See

“I’m thrilled to see the Society reach a record number of applicants this year. In order to ensure a robust pipeline of STEM talent, it is vital that we start as early as middle school to encourage students to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “I offer my congratulations to our Top 300 MASTERS.” 

About Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public is dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, the Society is a nonprofit whose vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its world-class competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning magazine, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire.