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4 Middle School Students Named in Broadcom Top 300

October 7, 2020

Broadcom Foundation MASTERS, Rising Stars in STEM Four Plano ISD middle school students were named as Top 300 competitors in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students by the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public. The Broadcom MASTERS seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators to solve the challenges of the 21st Century.

The 2020 Top 300 MASTERS were selected from the largest pool of applicants the competition has seen, with 3,476 students from 42 states and Puerto Rico applying. Because of the cancellation of spring 2020 competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Broadcom competition was open to any student who registered to compete in a Society for Science & the Public-affiliated science fair.

This year’s Top 300 MASTERS included more girls than boys, with 52% females and 47% males selected from 3,476 applicants. The students came from 34 states, plus Puerto Rico, with 88 from California, 37 from Florida and 24 from Texas. Congratulations to these students who have been named in the Top 300 and received a $125 award from DoD (Department of Defense) STEM in support of youth in STEM.

  • Erin Beall, seventh grade, Otto Middle School, project title: The Future of Rainbows
  • Manya Gummaraju, seventh grade, Rice Middle School — project title: We Are What We Eat: The Effect of Different Edible Ingredients on the Inheritance Patterns of Drosophila melanogaster (Fruit Fly)
  • Katherine Lee, eighth grade, Schimelpfenig Middle School — project title: Finding an Accessible Environmentally Friendly Solution to Water Purification: Using Barbadensis Miller and Bambusoideae as Natural Coagulants to Purify Water
  • Anushka Sridhar, eighth grade, Otto Middle School — project title: SPARKS – Smart Parkinson’s Strap – to Mitigate Hand Tremors in Parkinson’s Patients

Read more about the Broadcom MASTERS competition on the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public websites.