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.

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Thirty Exceptional Young Scientists Named Finalists in Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge - September 2023

Congratulations to the Top 30 Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge finalists!

The 2023 Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge finalists were selected by a nationwide panel of scientists, engineers and educators from a pool of Top 300 Junior Innovators announced earlier this month.  The finalists will travel to Washington, D.C. from October 28 – November 2 to participate in the Finals Week, competing for over $100,000 in prizes.

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Congratulations to the inaugural Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge Top 300!

The Top 300 Junior Innovators were selected from nearly 2,000 students from 49 states, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico who applied to compete in the Thermo Fisher JIC.

Learn more about the Top 300 Junior Innovators

Middle school finalists pose with the Einstein statue.

Congratulations to our 2023 Entrants!

View the 2023 Entrants of the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (JIC).  Congratulations to all nominees who submitted an application!

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

For Educators

Educators are key accelerators of students’ achieving in STEM. We have curated a selection of resources to provide support to educators who are interested in helping their students become more engaged with STEM. If you’re an educator eager to help your students learn more about the research process, find a topic of interest, formulate scientific questions, or help with the application cycle, click here! We also have information on how to affiliate a fair at your school if there isn’t one in your area. 


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.

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.

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