Broadcom MASTERS 2021 Media Kit

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future. During the competition, the top 30 finalists participated in team challenges in addition to being judged on their science research project during a virtual competition from October 22 to October 28. The challenges leveraged project-based learning to test and demonstrate their mastery of 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration in each of the STEM areas.


2021 Broadcom MASTERS top winners


Broadcom MASTERS Top Award Winner Photos and Videos

Akilan Sankaran Broadcom MASTERS 2021

Akilan Sankaran, $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize Winner

Akilan, 14, Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, for his computer program that can calculate “highly divisible numbers,” sometimes called antiprimes, more than 1,000 digits long as well as his leadership, collaboration and critical thinking skills. The prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Inc., and Chair of the Broadcom Foundation and his wife, Dr. Susan Samueli, President of the Samueli Foundation.

Broadcom MASTERS 2021 - Camellia Sharma

Camellia Sharma, $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award

Camellia, 14, Henrico, VA, won the $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award for demonstrating excellence in science, technology, engineering or math, along with the leadership and technical skills necessary to excel in the 21st Century STEM workforce and build a better community for tomorrow. Camellia built a 3D-printed aerial drone/boat that can fly to a spot, land on the water and take underwater photos. Her software can then count the fish living there.

Prisha Shroff Broadcom MASTERS 2021

Prisha Shroff, $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention

Prisha, 14, Chandler, Arizona, won the $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, awarded by The Lemelson Foundation to a young inventor creating promising product-based solutions to real-world problems. Prisha developed an AI-based wildfire prevention system that uses satellite and meteorological data to identify fire-prone locations and deploy drones there.

Broadcom MASTERS 2021 - Josephine (Jo) E. Schultz

Josephine E. Schultz, $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation

Josephine, 14, San Antonio, TX, won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli’s generous donation of his 2012 Marconi Society Prize Award. The finalist demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator, in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Jo studied painted lady butterflies and found that changes in light patterns can affect their emergence from their chrysalises by up to two days.

Broadcom MASTERS 2021 - Ryka Chopra

Ryka C. Chopra, $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health

Ryka, 13, Fremont, California, won the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, which recognizes the student whose work and performance shows the most promise in health-related fields and demonstrates an understanding of the many social factors that affect health. Ryka geocoded the locations of fast-food restaurants to see if they are built near populations of obese people, perhaps contributing to the obesity cycle.

Broadcom MASTERS 2021 - Hailey Miya Van

Hailey Miya Van, $5,000 Broadcom Coding with Commitment Award

Hailey, 14, Irvine, California, won the Broadcom Coding with Commitment Award for a project titled Multi-stressor Analysis of Carbon Dioxide on Oceanic Ecosystems: Using Climate Change Modeling to Study Hypoxia and Acidification. This award recognizes a finalist whose project and performance combines expert STEM knowledge and passion for helping or improving one’s community through coding.

Interview Maya Ajmera, the President & CEO of the Society for Science

We invite you to interview the President & CEO of the Society for Science, Maya Ajmera, to learn more about the Broadcom MASTERS and this year’s winners.

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  • Quote from Maya: “Congratulations to all our Broadcom MASTERS winners,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and Publisher of Science News. “The young people we are celebrating today are working to solve the world’s most intractable problems.  The Broadcom MASTERS finalists serve as an inspiration to us all, and I know they will all go on to find immense success on their STEM journey.”
President & CEO of the Society for Science, Maya Ajmera
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Broadcom MASTERS 2020 highlights

This year, the Broadcom MASTERS competition was brought online — as thirty middle school scientists and engineers competed virtually for over $100,000 in awards! We welcome you to use this highlights reel from 2020 as background footage in your story.