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.
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 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.
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.
- Visit the virtual showcase
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
To earn a nomination to Thermo Fisher JIC, students must first compete at a Society-affiliated science fair. Find your local science fair today!
February 1, 2023 – June 14, 2023
Top 300 Junior Innovators Announced
September 6, 2023
Top 30 Finalists Announced
September 20, 2023
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!FIND OUT MORE!
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.
Middle School Research Teachers Conference
Learn more about our annual conference for 50 middle school teachers and how to attend.
Science News Explores
Looking for inspiration for your students? Science News Explores covers science, health, and technology for students, their parents and teachers. Stories are appropriate for readers in grades 5 and up.
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
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Sponsors and Partners
Thermo Fisher Scientific
With the generous support of title sponsor and partnerThermo Fisher Scientific, Society for Science is pleased to be running the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (JIC) in its inaugural year. Learn more here.
Award and Educational Partners
The Society thanks its partners for their contributions to Thermo Fisher JIC through sponsorship of awards and supporting each phase of the competition.