[Finalists of Broadcom MASTERS Competition. Photo Source: Businesswire]

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By: Giovanni Albanese, Jr.

The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public Nov. 1 announced the winners of the sixth annual national Broadcom MASTERS competition, with six Indian Americans among those honored.

The competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders was narrowed down to 30 finalists — including 10 Indian Americans (see previous I-W story http://bit.ly/2eVHat8) — from 2,342 nationwide competitors.

At the four-day STEM competition, four top winners were chosen, as well as two winners each in science, technology, math and engineering categories, a team award, and two rising stars.

Indian Americans Ananya Ganesh, Adishree Ghatare, Shreya Ramachandran, Emhyr Subramanian and Anushka Naiknaware each were awarded in the STEM categories, Naiknaware was honored again in the team award, and Ashini Modi was named one of the rising stars.

“The 30 finalists of the Broadcom MASTERS are exemplars of the millions of young people who are pursuing their passions in science, technology, engineering and math,” Broadcom Foundation president Paula Golden said in a statement. “Celebrating the success of our 2016 Broadcom MASTERS winners gives us a chance to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of young people everywhere who are pursuing their dreams to become scientists, engineers and innovators and to thank the millions of parents and family, teachers, after school program leaders, mentors and friends who encourage them daily to achieve great heights in STEM.”

The STEM award winners, chosen for demonstrated acumen and promise in science, technology, engineering and math, doled out a $3,500 prize for first place and $2,500 prize for second place to support his or her choice of a STEM summer camp experience in the U.S., as well as an iPad.

In the science category, Ganesh, of Sandy Springs, Ga., won first for her project, “Bruxism: Using Myoelectric Signals to Treat a Common Health Problem.”

Indian Americans swept the technology category with Ghatare, of San Jose, Calif., taking first for her project, “A Software Application as a Learning Platform for Increasing Memory Retention of Definitions of Words”; and Ramachandran, of Fremont, Calif., taking second for the project, “The Effect of Soap Nut Grey Water on the Environment.

In the engineering category, Aurora, Colo.-based Subramanian’s project, “A Study of Super-Absorbent Polymers and their Effectiveness in Organic Waste Extraction,” earned second prize.

Naiknaware, of Portland, Ore., took first in the mathematics category for her project, “Chitosan and Carbon Nanoparticle based Biocompatible Sensor for Wound Management.”

For the project, “Dark Matter: The Hidden Universe,” Modi, of Shreveport, La., was named a rising star. The award recognizes the promise of the younger competitors. For winning, Modi earned a trip as the United States delegate to the Broadcom MASTERS International and Official Observer at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May 2017.

The team award, which Naiknaware was a part of, awards each member of the team that best demonstrates their ability to work together and solve problems through shared decision making, communication and scientific and engineering collaboration. For winning, Naiknaware won an iPod Nano.

Eleanor Wren Sigrest, 13, of Woodbridge, Va., won the top prize, the Samueli Foundation Prize, earning $25,000. The 20,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement went to Aria Eppinger, 15, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Kaien Yang, of Chantilly, Va., won the 10,000 third prize, the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation. And San Marino, Calif.-based 14-year-old Nathan Deng won the $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention prize. The competition also handed out a leadership award to Nikolai Ortiz.

This story was originally published on India West.