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Winner from LSUA’s LA Region IV Science and Engineering Fair named Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist

Released: 08/17/2011

Logan Brown, a freshman at Pineville High School, was named to the Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist list for his project from the LA Region IV Science and Engineering Fair at LSU Alexandria. Brown participated in the Junior Division’s Physics and Astronomy category. The title of his project was “Cruising with the Sun”. He represented Alexandria Country Day School in the competition. Brown is the son of Robert Brown, Jr. and Tracy Boisvert Brown of Pineville.

The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced the selection of 300 middle school students as semifinalists in its first ever Broadcom MASTERS™ competition. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) semifinalists come from 251 middle schools across the United States. Brown is one of three Louisiana students selected. Semifinalists’ names and a state-by-state breakdown can be found at www.societyforscience.org/masters and www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters.

“This is great for Central Louisiana,” said Sandra Purifoy, faculty member and director of the regional science fair at LSU Alexandria. “Hopefully this will encourage teachers at other schools to participate in the Region IV fair.”

The Broadcom MASTERS is the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders nominated to compete by their local SSP-affiliated science and engineering fair. Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a private non-profit public benefit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS encourages middle schoolers to continue their studies in STEM courses throughout high school by igniting a personal passion for science, engineering and innovation through a competition that exposes them to independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork. Students who participate in the Broadcom MASTERS will be better prepared to meet the challenges of the future as tomorrow''s innovators who lead the way with scientific breakthroughs, engineering feats and technological know-how. The Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 1,476 applicants located in 45 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Semifinalists and their teachers will receive prizes from Broadcom Foundation and Elmer’s Products, the official classroom partner of the Broadcom MASTERS.

Broadcom Foundation and SSP will announce the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists on August 31st. The finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in October to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom.