MEET THE 2015 WINNERS
The Samueli Foundation Prize:
- Annie Ostojic, 13, of Munster, Ind.
- A Novel Microwave Cavity Design Using Cylindrical Parabolic Reflectors to Optimize Energy Efficiency
Grand prize winner Annie Ostojic was awarded the Samueli Foundation Prize for her mastery of STEM principles and team leadership, demonstrated throughout the rigorous weeklong competition. Her science fair project expanded upon knowledge she accumulated in prior competitions to apply science and engineering to innovating a more energy-efficient microwave design. Ostojic performed complex experiments and designed prototypes to achieve the next level of creative solutions for environmentally friendly microwave cooking.
A three-time Broadcom MASTERS participant, Ostojic won the Rising Star award as a 2014 Broadcom MASTERS finalist and represented the United States as one of 24 delegates from 14 countries at Broadcom MASTERS International this year. Ostojic competed against more than 2,200 entrants to return as a finalist of the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS.
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation:
- Sebastian Mellen, 14, of San Diego, Calif.
- MathSuite: An Innovative Android App that Makes Dreaded Calculations FUN! Published on Google Play!
Sebastian Mellen was awarded the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation for his vision and promise as an innovator who, in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, demonstrated aptitude and skill in technical and mathematical concepts both with his science fair project and throughout team challenges.
Mellen was inspired by teachers who struggle with grading students’ self-written examinations and classmates who wrestle with math and physics homework. To make their lives easier, Mellen applied his math and engineering acumen to design and develop an Android app that can do a broad range of algebra calculations routinely used in math, physics and other sciences.
Each of these finalists (first- and second-place award winners) were selected for demonstrated skills and promise in each of the disciplines represented by STEM. First-place winners are awarded $3,500 and second-place winners receive $2,500, in each case to support the finalist’s choice of STEM summer camp experiences offered around the country. Each STEM winner also wins an iPad®.
Rising Stars Award
Scott A. McGregor Leadership Award
The Scott A. McGregor Leadership Award is presented to the finalist who is elected by his or her peers to represent them as their Broadcom MASTERS Class Speaker. Avery P. Clowes, of Bolton, Mass., was elected as the first recipient of the award after the weeklong competition in which he demonstrated the talent, enthusiasm, collegiality and generosity of spirit of a leader.
This award honors Broadcom President and Chief Executive Officer and founding Chairman of the Broadcom Foundation Scott McGregor, who enthusiastically championed the Broadcom MASTERS and is passionate advocate for science fair competition and project-based learning as essential to development of 21st century skills. (From left to right: McGregor, Clowes and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson)
2015 COMPETITION FINALISTS
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public present the 30 middle school finalists who will compete in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS® competition. The 14 girls and 16 boys are from 14 states and represent 29 schools. The finalists win an all-expense paid trip to the Silicon Valley and will compete for cash and experiential prizes.
Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,230 applicants in 39 states and American Samoa.