Students in Top 300 Nationwide

Students in Top 300 Nationwide

Two Frederick County Public Schools students who advanced from the 2018 countywide Science and Engineering Fair have achieved nationwide semifinalist status among the Broadcom MASTERS Top 300 in America’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Maansi Manoj and Emily Wang from Urbana Middle earned the nationwide recognition for their project, The Effect of Neem Leaf Extract As an Antibacterial and Antifungal Agent.

“Broadcom MASTERS competition is the culmination of the national science fair season when hundreds of thousands of young people showcase their prowess and passion for STEM projects to educators and professionals who volunteer to judge their projects,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. “The Top 300 are the best-of-the-best and represent all science fair participants throughout the country. It is especially exciting to see more young women making it to the Top 300 in this rigorous national STEM competition that boasts a record number of applicants this year.”

The Broadcom MASTERS consists of the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th grade projects entered in Society for Science & the Public-affiliated fairs around the country. This year’s Top 300 hail from 224 middle schools in 35 states and represent 12 regional and state fairs across the U.S. They attend a myriad of schools: 60 percent are from public schools, 30 percent from private schools, 6 percent from charter schools, 3 percent from home schools and one student from an online school. A panel of distinguished scientists, engineers and educators judged the projects on creativity and originality as well as the students’ ability to engage in analysis of data and their understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world.  

Maansi and Emily will each receive a prize package containing an award ribbon, semifinalist certificate of accomplishment, a Broadcom MASTERS backpack and decal, a specialized Invention Journal, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation, a one-year subscription to Wolfram Mathematica software, courtesy of Wolfram Research, and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine. In recognition of the role that teachers play in their students’ success, Urbana Middle science teacher Brittany Poti will receive a Broadcom MASTERS tote bag and a one-year digital subscription to Science News magazine.

The Broadcom Foundation, founded in April 2009, is a nonprofit corporation with the mission of advancing STEM education by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. The foundation works to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM and to develop 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. The foundation’s signature programs, the Broadcom MASTERS® and the Broadcom MASTERS® International, are the premier science and engineering competitions for middle school students around the United States and the world. Learn more at

A state-by-state breakdown of the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS is online at