DMS Student Named Finalist in National Competition

Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Annika Urban has been named a finalist in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for middle school students. Only 30 students from across the nation (three from Pennsylvania) were chosen as finalists by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,054 applicants.

As a finalist, Annika will now receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., October 24-28 to showcase her science fair project and compete in a four-day STEM competition for more than $75,000 in awards. While in D.C., she will showcase her project, "The Stethophone," to the public. Annika's project allows a patient to transfer their vital signs to a physician through a cell phone, allowing for access to treatment with increased convenience and reduced costs. Because of Annika's efforts, Dorseyville Middle School will also receive a $1,000 award to support STEM education to recognize the teachers who have inspired and mentored the finalists.

According to Paula Golden, president and executive director, Broadcom Foundation and director, community affairs, Broadcom Corporation, The Broadcom MASTERS finalists, "are our future! Our 2014 finalists will inspire others to enter the STEM talent pipeline and we look forward to celebrating their achievements this October."

Annika was chosen as a finalist for her science fair project that she completed when she was a seventh grader. Prior to being honored as part of the national program, she won a second place at the 75th Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) in March 2014.

The Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP). MASTERS stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars. The program is the nation's most prestigious STEM competition for United States sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

The Broadcom Foundation inspires and enables young people throughout the world to enter careers in STEM through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The Broadcom Corporation is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Society for Science & the Public is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the U.S. dedicated to public engagement in science and science education.