September 7, 2021
Congratulations to Alex Busko on his selection as a winner in the Top 300 MASTERS in the 10th annual Broadcom MASTERS®, the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition for middle school students. Alex was recognized for his 8th grade project at the James F. Doughty School entitled Microplastics in Bottled Water: Searching for a Common Correlation Between Bottle Size and Microplastic Concentration.
Each of the Top 300 MASTERS will receive a $125 award from the Department of Defense STEM. With this prize, now in its second year, the Department of Defense continues its support of youth in STEM, working towards a more diverse pipeline of highly qualified STEM professionals in the future.
The Top 300 MASTERS were selected from 1,841 students from 48 states, Washington, DC and three US territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Islands). Alex is the only recipient from Maine and moves on to the next level of competition where thirty of the top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will be selected as finalists by a panel of scientists, engineers and educators from around the nation. The 30 finalists, who will be announced September 14, will be competing for over $100,000, including the coveted $25,000 Samueli Prize, $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award, the $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement.
“Congratulations to the 300 Broadcom MASTERS,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and Publisher of Science News. “These students have shown tremendous grit and perseverance by conducting scientific or engineering research during a worldwide pandemic. Their curiosity and determination is inspiring for all.”