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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.LEARN 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.
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.