Congratulations to Broadcom MASTERS Participants

BCM Logo 960X622The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation, Proud Sponsor of the NC Science and Engineering Fair, is proud to celebrate five NC middle grade students who were named in the 2020 Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS, a national STEM competition.


We extend our congratulations to:

Laya Nathan

Project Title: FANTASTIC CORN-PLASTIC: The Effect of Glycerin & Vinegar in Formulation of Corn-Based BIOPLASTIC and Its Impact on Tensile Strength and Hardness
Project Category: Chemistry
Grade Level: 6 | NC School: Lufkin Road Middle School, Wake County Public Schools
NC Science and Engineering Fair Region: Region 3a | Regional Director Rebecca Dalton

Avery Davis
Project Title: Do You Have the Heart to Taste? A Study of the Effects of Beta-Blockers on Older Adults’ Tasting Abilities
Project Category: Biological Science B
Grade Level: 8 | NC School: Belmont Middle School, Gaston County Schools
NC Science and Engineering Fair Region: Region 6 | Regional Director Alisa Wickliff

Rishi Sarvepalli

Project Title: Green Technology: Build an Electronic Soil Moisture Sensor to Conserve Water
Project Category: Earth and Environmental Science
Grade Level: 6 | NC School: Weddington Middle School, Union County Schools
NC Science and Engineering Fair Region: Region 6 | Regional Director Alisa Wickliff

Vivaana Haval
Project Title: Repurposing Agro-Industrial Wastes to Increase Lipid Production from Scenedesmus dimorphus as a Sustainable Biofuel Feedstock
Project Category: Earth and Environmental Science
Grade Level: 7 | NC School: Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
NC Science and Engineering Fair Region: Region 6 | Regional Director Alisa Wickliff

Sarrah Kitchell

Project Title: Can You Make a Carbon Sink with What’s Under Your Sink?
Project Category: Earth and Environmental Science
Grade Level: 7 | NC School: Valle Crucis Elementary School, Watauga County Schools
NC Science and Engineering Fair Region: Region 7 | Regional Director Coleman Bailey


This selection to the Top 300 demonstrates their commitment to excellence in scientific research. According to the Society for Science & the Public and Broadcom Foundation the top 300 were selected from a pool of 3,476 middle school student entrants throughout the United States.

These 5 NC students qualified for the competition after competing in a regional science and engineering fair in North Carolina in the regions indicated above.  Projects are held to rigorous safety and research standards and are vetted for compliance by a Scientific Review Committee and judged by professional scientists.  For many students this process sparks an ongoing passion for research in science or engineering, carving out a pathway to contribute knowledge to the scientific community worldwide.  

broadOn September 16, 2020 the Society for Science and the Public Announced the Top 30 Finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS.  Vivaana Haval was distinguished as a Top 30 Finalist.  Vivaana Is from the Charlotte region and competed in the Region 6 NC Science and Engineering Fair.  Region 6 is an ISEF affiliated fair, as an affiliate of ISEF student research and display is held to a rigorous standard. You can visit the TOP 30 Finalists page for more information on the Top 30 competition, Vivaana’s project and all of the Top 30 competitors.

When we asked Vivaana about the experience she said:

"It is an absolute honor and I am immensely grateful to the Society for Science and the Public for selecting me as a Broadcom MASTERS top 30 finalist. This is a great opportunity for me to be able to share my project with broader audiences and to learn from the work of the other 29 Broadcom MASTERS finalists. It is a moment of pride for me to know that all the work I had put into this project was worth it. I am very grateful for the support extended by my Regional Science and Engineering fair in providing a platform and encouraging local students like me, to share their scientific work and learn from the work of their peers. It is very gratifying to know that there are people like me out there who want to find solutions to problems in their communities and impact the lives of many people through Science and Engineering. I am looking forward to participating in the Broadcom MASTERS finals and I think it will be an incredible experience for me".

The NC Science Fair Foundation would also like to acknowledge the supporting schools, teachers, and regional fair directors, Rebecca Dalton (Region 3a) of the Environmental Protection Agency, Jon Bennet and Kim Monahan of the NC School of Science and Mathematics (Region 3B), Alisa Wickliff of UNC-Charlotte (Region 6), and Coleman Bailey of Avery County Schools for their dedication to youth in Science and for supporting these students through the regional fair competition and registration at both the state and national level.