Frequently Asked Questions
SSP manages the program elements for the most prestigious national and international science and engineering fairs in the world, including Broadcom MASTERS and Intel ISEF.
Broadcom MASTERS judges select the top 300 semifinalists and narrow them to 30 finalists. Finalists win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in the Fall for MASTERS Week to compete for prizes and cash awards, including STEM awards of $5,000, the Marconi/Samueli Prize of $10,000 and the Samueli Foundation Award of $25,000.
For the Broadcom MASTERS International program, judges in approximately 16 participating national fairs around the world select a delegate to attend Broadcom MASTERS International in May. The delegate wins an all-expense paid trip to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS International program, where they will engage in special Broadcom MASTERS events exclusively designed to foster team-building and leadership skills, and also be an official student observer at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the largest high school science fair competition in the world. ISEF locations rotate throughout the U.S. in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Phoenix.
- 60 percent of finalists’ scores are based upon his or her individual mastery of science and engineering assessed during the team science portion of the Broadcom MASTERS competition.
- 25 percent of the scores are based on the presentation of the finalists’ science fair project.
- 10 percent of scores are based on individual communication, creativity, teamwork and enthusiasm.
- 5 percent of the score is allotted to the finalist’s team (made up of five student participants), based on teamwork and collaboration throughout the competition.