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Freshman Named Among Top 300 in National Science Competition

Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Adhitya Thirumala was recently named among the Top 300 middle school innovators in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS® – the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.  The program seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers, and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st century. 

The Top 300 students (including 15 from Pennsylvania) were selected from 3,476 applicants from 34 states and Puerto Rico. Adhitya was chosen based on his project, “Developing an Early Screening Application to Detect Lung Abnormalities Using Machine Learning,” that was completed when he was an eighth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School. 

In recognition of their achievements, the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will receive a $125 award from DoD STEM, as well as a special prize package. In recognition of the role that teachers play in the success of their students, each designated teacher will also receive an award. 

A total of 30 finalists will be announced later this month and will compete for more than $100,000 in awards and prizes.  The contest will be held virtually.

The Broadcom MASTERS is a program of the Society for Science & the Public, and MASTERS stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars.