Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge

With the generous support of title sponsor and partner Thermo Fisher Scientific, Society for Science is pleased to be running the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (JIC) in its inaugural year. The Thermo Fisher JIC (previously the Broadcom MASTERS from 2010-2022, the Society’s Middle School Program (2008), and the Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge (1999-2007), is the nation’s premier STEM research competition for middle school students.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, A program of Society for Science
The silver team having a five-way high five after completing their prototype

2023 Application Now Open!

The 2023 Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (JIC) application is now open. Visit the For Nominees page for more information.

2022 Top Award Winners, Broadcom MASTERS

2022 Winners Announced!

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science announced top awards at the 2022 Broadcom MASTERS Competition in Washington, DC. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science, awards middle school students for their STEM passions to inspire them to continue their pursuit of science and engineering. Thirty finalists took home more than $100,000 in awards.

See the press release and view the top award winners here.

Broadcom MASTERS Project Board 2022

Meet the Top Middle School Scientists & Engineers!

Society for Science and Broadcom Foundation invite you the Virtual Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase. Join us and explore their STEM research projects.  The virtual exhibition is now open and will remain open through the end of November.

The 2022 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists

Congratulations, 2022 Finalists!

Society for Science and Broadcom Foundation are proud to announce the 30 finalists in the 2022 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students. The finalists will travel to Washington, DC from October 28 – November 2 to compete for more than $100,000 in awards including the top Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000.

Finalists were selected from 1,807 entrants and come from 28 schools in 12 states. All finalists receive a $500 cash award and will compete for over $100,000 in prizes. Click here to see the full list of 30 finalists.

Middle School Competition Alumni

Visit our alumni page to learn about each class of the Society’s middle school competition.

How to Compete

Important Dates

Application Open

February 1, 2023 – June 14, 2023

Top 300 Junior Innovators Announced

September 6, 2023

Top 30 Finalists Announced

September 20, 2023

Finals Week

October 28 – November 2, 2023

Science and Engineering Project Showcase

October 29, 2023

Research at Home

Resources, advice, and stories of inspiration on completing research outside of a traditional laboratory environment

In light of the global pandemic, the Society encourages students and teachers to think outside the lab when approaching research!



2022 Highlights

In 2022, the middle school competition, formerly titled Broadcom MASTERS, was held in Washington, DC for the first time since 2019. Watch highlights from 2022 Finals Week to see the finalists in action and read the press release to learn about the winners.

For Educators

Affiliated Fairs

The Society’s network of affiliated science fairs around the globe are critical to the success of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Thermo Fisher JIC. Resources for science fair personnel include:


  • Affiliated Fair Dashboard
  • Affiliated Fair Guidelines
  • Resources for Science Fair Management
  • Standards for Science Fairs
Find Resources for Affiliated Fairs

From the Society Blog

The 2022 top 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists gathered for a picture on George Mason University's campus in between challenges.
All thirty finalists, wearing their team colors, pose for a photo on a dock, with the Chesapeake Bay in the background

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