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Ten Plano ISD Middle School Scientists Selected as Broadcom MASTERS® Semifinalists

September 6, 2016

The Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced on September 6 the selection of the top 300 students as semifinalists in its sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS® competition — the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

This year's semifinalists represent 37 states and include 27 from Texas. Of these 27 Texas semifinalist, ten are Plano ISD students.

“With these ten students, Plano ISD has had 44 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists over the past six years, and five finalists,” said Karen Shepherd, coordinator for secondary science. “Our Plano ISD Broadcom MASTERS alumni have continued their studies in STEM with eight earning competitive spots at the International Science Fair and one winning the Google Science Fair and being invited to the White House Science Fair. This competition is an important step in the stellar science careers of these talented students in school and beyond.”

Broadcom MASTERS ribbon graphic

Image courtesy of Society for Science & the Public

Plano ISD Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalist

Rohan Chhaya, Grade 8, Schimelpfenig Middle School
Project Title: Sticking Together Through Thick and Thin

Yash Garg, Grade 7 (with Nabil Sikora), Rice Middle School
Project Title: Survival of the Fittest: An Evolutionary Approach to Solving the Quadratic Assignment Problem

Manasi Gummaraju, Grade 8, Rice Middle School
Project Title: Mitotic Mania: The Effect of Different Household Ingredients on the Mitotic Cell Division of Onion Root Tips and its Application to Cancer

Anthony Mellone, Grade 8, Rice Middle School
Project Title: The Future of Sailing: Finding the Most Efficient Camber for Hard-Wing Sails

Yasmin Misra, Grade 8, Frankford Middle School
Project Title: Face the Times: Will Analog Clock Reading Become a Lost Skill?

Pranav Nathan, Grade 7, Rice Middle School
Project Title: The Future of Transportation: Self Driving Cars

Nabil Sikora, Grade 7 (with Yash Garg), Rice Middle School
Project Title: Survival of the Fittest: An Evolutionary Approach to Solving the Quadratic Assignment Problem

Andrei Spiride, Grade 8, Rice Middle School
Project Title: Piezo Power: Noninvasive Wireless Energy Transfer for Implantable Medical Devices

Maansi Srinivasan, Grade 8, Robinson Middle School
Project Title: An Ultrasonic Glove for the Blind

Khushi Thakkar, Grade 8, Rice Middle School
Project Title: From Wash to Squash: A Novel Approach to Purifying Used Household Water for Agricultural Applications

Thirty finalists will be named on September 20 with competition scheduled for October 27 - November 2. The top winner will receive the Samueli Prize of $25,000.

“Broadcom MASTERS inspires middle school students from all walks of life to envision their future as scientists, engineers and innovators. We are delighted to see growing interest in STEM fields among both girls and boys," said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. "This year marks the Broadcom MASTERS highest competition pool ever, with thousands of nominees nationwide entering their research projects for consideration by prestigious scientists and engineers throughout the nation.”

Congratulations to these talented students.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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