2018 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists Announced

Great News!

Five Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) students have been chosen as 2018 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists.  From 2,537 applicants, 300 semifinalists are selected for this middle school national competition. Finalists will be announced September 18. Now the wait begins to see if they are chosen to be among the top 30 finalists who will go on compete in Washington, DC October 18-24.

Learn more about the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition.

CSEF Middle School top Winners who received invitations to compete for 2018 Broadcom MASTERS.

Meet the CSEF Semifinalists

Maximilien Coisman, Grade 7 (at 2018 fair)
St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury
Project Title: Testing Different Species of Algae in Building Self-Sustaining Microbial Fuel Cells

Julian Kage, Grade 8 (at 2018 fair)
Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
Project Title: Quick Lyme: The Rapid Test for Lyme Bacteria in Ticks

Kavin Kathir, Grade 8 (at 2018 fair)
St. Bridget School, Cheshire
Project Title: Transforming Trash into Treasure: Sustainable Approach to Oil Spill Cleanup

Kavin Kathir during Finalist Judging


Khushi Parikh, Grade 8 (at 2018 fair)
Westside Middle School Academy, Danbury
Project Title: Artificial Intelligence Based Image Recognition to Diagnose Lyme Disease

Khushi Parikh


Emma Ruccio, Grade 8 (at 2018 fair)
Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
Project Title: Got Your Back

Emma Ruccio

Getting the Opportunity to Compete in Broadcom MASTERS

Middle school students are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS Competition by Society for Science & the Public (SSP)-affiliated science fairs held during the school year.  Nominees enter the competition by completing an application explaining their science project and demonstrating their use of STEM principles – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – in the development and presentation of their project.  From entrants nationwide, 300 semifinalists are selected, including 30 finalists.

These CSEF students were nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS Competition as a result of their strong finish in our 2018 state wide state fair.

Each year CSEF presents 32 invitations to top middle school finalists in all the fair’s categories. It is an arduous task to submit an application, akin to a college application- a special congratulations to our students for stepping up to the work.

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is made possible by a grant and volunteer support from its presenting sponsor United Technologies Corporation and from industrial and individual supporters.  The 71st annual fair will be held March 11-16, 2019, at Quinnipiac University, Hamden.

To view the abstracts and awards that these students received at CSEF, click here