CSEF Students Chosen as Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists


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Catherine Herrick

BroadcomMASTERSVery Good News! Three Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) students have been chosen as Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists. Selected from 2230 competitors, 300 semifinalists are selected nationwide for this middle school national competition.

  • Catherine Herrick, Sandy Hook, now a 9th grader at Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden.
    An Investigation of the Ingestion of Microscopic Plastic Particles by the Blue Mussel, Mytlus edulis


  • Bennett Hawley, Central Middle School, Greenwich,Hawley
    now a 9th grader at Greenwich High SchoolSubstitution of Metals in a Salt-Water Engine to Increase Energy-Efficiency






  • Akshar Agarwal, Hamden Middle School,
    Akshar Agarwal, Hamden Middle School; now at Hamden Hgih SchoolGreenwich, now a 9th grader at Greenwich High School,Greenwich, now a 9th grader at Greenwich High School,

    Akshar Agarwal

    now a 9th grader at Hamden High School

    Viral Protein 35 Inhibition: A Novel Treatment for Ebola Virus Disease

See their abstracts and the awards they won at CSEF.

Each application received three independent readings and evaluations by distinguished scientists, engineers and educators. Nominees qualified to enter the Broadcom MASTERS by being among the top 10 percent of the participants at their Society for Science & The Public affiliated science fairs. In 2015, 17 CSEF students who were top placing in their categories accepted the invitation to compete and submitted thAkshar Agarwal, Hamden Middle School; now at Hamden Hgih SchoolGreir application to Broadcom MASTERS. Read the abstracts for all of this year’s CSEF Broadcom MASTERS competitors.

The Broadcom MASTERS submission process is similar in complexity to a college application. We applaud all our competitors who made the effort.

Now the wait begins for September 2 when the 30 finalists are announced. Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley., October 1 – 7 to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation.

Get more information on the SSP Broadcom MASTERS website

Bob Wisner

Fair Director


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