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Meet the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists

September 6, 2016

The sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists are top 300 U.S. middle school students competing for a trip to Washington, D.C. and the $25,000 Samueli Prize.

The top 300 semifinalists have been selected to compete in the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) — the nation's most prestigious science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

This year there are more women than men among the top 300 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists. The semifinalists represent 37 states, including: 54 semifinalists from California; 41 from Florida; 28 from Texas; 17 from New York; and 16 from Pennsylvania.

Semifinalists' names and a state-by-state breakdown can be found at: student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2016-semifinalists or broadcomfoundation.org/masters/semifinalists/2016.

Broadcom MASTERS rewards sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who follow their personal passions in science or engineering at 300 regional and state science fairs and inspires them to continue their studies in math and science throughout high school. As the students apply project-based learning to the scientific method and the engineering process through hands-on challenges and competitions, they learn 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

As a semifinalist, each student will receive a prize package containing an award ribbon; semifinalist certificate of accomplishment; a Broadcom MASTERS backpack; a Broadcom MASTERS decal; an Inventor’s Notebook and copy of Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction graphic novel, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation; a one year subscription to Mathematica+ software, courtesy of Wolfram Research; and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine. In recognition of the role that teachers play in the success of their students, each semifinalist's designated teacher will also receive a Broadcom MASTERS tote bag and a one-year subscription to Science News magazine, courtesy of KPMG.

The 30 finalists will be named September 20. The Broadcom MASTERS competition is scheduled for October 27-November 2.

For more information on the Broadcom MASTERS, visit the Broadcom Foundation and Society websitesor visit Broadcom Foundation's Newsroom and read the B-Inspired Blog.

To keep up with the Broadcom MASTERS on Twitter, use hashtag #brcmMASTERS or follow Broadcomand the Society. And to stay connected, visit the Broadcom MASTERS and the Society Facebook pages.