Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), is the premier international middle school science and engineering fair competition. A program of the Society for Science sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS participants reap the benefits of project-based learning and collaboration with teachers, mentors and professional scientists and engineers.

They learn the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity as well as the confidence to lead and be productive team members to achieve their goals. Broadcom MASTERS competitors shine in the spotlight of regional, national and international science and engineering fairs.

Broadcom MASTERS honors their achievements with awards and prizes for themselves, their teachers and schools.

The Broadcom MASTERS awards over $100,000 cash prizes and gifts to all MASTERS nominees and their teachers at every level of competition. National finals are held each fall, and top prizes include the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift from the Samueli Foundation, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, the $10,000 STEM Talent Award, sponsored by DoD STEM and the $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention, the $5,000 Broadcom Coding with Commitment Award, and other STEM, leadership and team awards. Top awards in math were sponsored by Robert John Floe, President, Floe Financial Partners.

2021 Broadcom MASTERS Winners

Akilan Sankaran, 14, Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, for his computer program that can calculate “highly divisible numbers,” sometimes called antiprimes, more than 1,000 digits long as well as his leadership, collaboration and critical thinking skills. The prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Inc., and Chair of the Broadcom Foundation and his wife, Dr. Susan Samueli, President of the Samueli Foundation.

Camellia Sharma, 14, Henrico, Virginia, won the $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award for demonstrating excellence in science, technology, engineering or math, along with the leadership and technical skills necessary to excel in the 21st Century STEM workforce and build a better community for tomorrow. Camellia built a 3D-printed aerial drone/boat that can fly to a spot, land on the water and take underwater photos. Her software can then count the fish living there.

Prisha Shroff, 14, Chandler, Arizona, won the $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, awarded by The Lemelson Foundation to a young inventor who creates a promising solution to a real-world problem. Prisha developed an AI-based wildfire prevention system that uses satellite and meteorological data to identify fire-prone locations and deploy drones there.

Josephine E. Schultz, 14, San Antonio, Texas, won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli’s generous donation of his 2012 Marconi Society Prize Award. The finalist demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator, in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Josephine studied painted lady butterflies and found that changes in light patterns can affect their emergence from their chrysalises by up to two weeks.

Ryka C. Chopra, 13, Fremont, California, won the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, which recognizes the student whose work and performance shows the most promise in health-related fields and demonstrates an understanding of the many social factors that affect the health of communities. Ryka geocoded the locations of fast-food restaurants to see if they are built near populations of obese people, perhaps contributing to the obesity cycle.

2021 BROADCOM MASTERS FINALISTS

The 2021 Broadcom MASTERS finalists faced tremendous adversity conducting scientific research and developing engineering prototypes during the pandemic.  More than 25% are tackling COVID-19 related challenges.  Other facts include:

  • Half of the finalists are female and half are male
  • Students represent 15 states
  • States with multiple finalists: eight from California, four from New Jersey, three from Oregon and Texas, and two from Florida.
  • States with one finalist: Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.
  • Finalist projects cover multiple disciplines of science, including environmental and earth science, electrical and mechanical engineering, microbiology, physics, bioengineering, computer science, software engineering, behavioral and social sciences, energy and sustainability, animal science, chemistry and plant science.

Meet all 30 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists here

2021 Top 300

The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS in 2021 include

  • 58.7% identify as girls while 40.3% identify as boys
  • Representation from 41 states and Guam, a U.S. territory
  • 23% live in California with 69 students. Florida follows with 31 students (10.3%), then Texas at 22 (7.3%), Pennsylvania 20 (6.67%) and Oregon 18 (6%)
  • Top two project categories are Earth and Environmental Sciences (42) and Behavioral and Social Sciences (38)
  • More than 2/3 (206) go to public school, with 59 (19.7%) in private school and 15 (5%) in charter schools. The remaining students are in home, magnet or online schools. 

Find a list of all Top 300 here.

Competition Schedule and Location

The Broadcom MASTERS Competition Schedule (U.S. only — international fairs take place throughout the year)

January – JuneMiddle school students enter their science and engineering
projects in regional and state Society-affiliated fairs throughout
the U.S.
March – MayRegional and State science fairs are held. Affiliate fairs are
listed here. In May, two “Rising Star” winners from the U.S. MASTERS attend MASTERS International at Regeneron ISEF.
JuneMASTERS Nominees complete their online application in which
they point out the STEM elements in their project, share their
interests, talk about an inspirational teacher or mentor and
careers they might pursue based on their STEM interests.
Mid August300 national semifinalists are selected by a prestigious panel
of scientists and engineers.
Late August30 national finalists are announced from the pool of semifinalists.
October 27 – Nov 230 finalists compete in the Broadcom MASTERS for four days. They are judged on their STEM project, proficiency in a particular STEM subject, and their ability to work with teammates during competition.
MASTERS Finalist Week Schedule
Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project ShowcaseFinalists’ projects are displayed, where they share their STEM knowledge with a panel of world-renowned scientists and engineers.
STEM Challenge DayFinalists engage in an action-packed day of team competitions
focused on STEM challenges.
Building/Innovation Challenge DayFinalists take part in final rounds of STEM challenges that
focus on engineering and technology innovation. Past projects
have included a workshop using the renowned
Raspberry Pi, a mighty little computer that runs on a
Broadcom chip.

Awards Ceremony

The week’s activities culminate with an awards
ceremony.