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September 4, 2012 > Local student a finalist in national science fair competition

Local student a finalist in national science fair competition

Submitted By Aaron Schmidt, Photo by Himanshu Baral

Jessika Baral, a middle school student from Fremont, was selected as a finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS(r) - a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition. The top 30 finalists (16 girls and 14 boys) come from 17 states and represent 29 schools. These super star kids won an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. this fall where they will be competing for a chance to win the top education award of $25,000. Winners will be announced on October 2.

Baral was selected for her project "A Novel Way to Strengthen Eye Muscles and Enhance Peripheral Vision"

Two other students from this area qualified for semi-final competition were Jennifer Yu, Fremont and Aniruddh Mandalapu, Union City.

Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists, who were chosen on August 15 from more than 1,470 applicants in 38 states and Puerto Rico.

For the next step in the process, Broadcom MASTERS week (September 28 - October 3), all finalists will showcase their projects for the public and compete as teams in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. The top award is the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Award, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation. Other honors include $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place from Broadcom Foundation in addition to numerous experiential awards such as STEM-focused summer camps and a chance to attend the world's largest international high school science fair in May 2013.

Broadcom Foundation and Elmer's(r) Products, Inc., the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS official classroom partner, also recognize middle school teachers who have inspired and mentored the finalists.

For more information and the full listing of 2012 finalists, visit and

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