Lua Markert ’26 Awarded in National STEM Competition

Lua Markert ’26 was the only student in Alabama to be honored as one of the Top 300 MASTERS in the 2022 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Broadcom MASTERS, a program of the Society for Science, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers, and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st century.

The Top 300 MASTERS were selected from 1,807 students from 47 states and three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) applying to be a Broadcom MASTER. Only students who are named in the top 10% of their science fair are eligible to enter the Broadcom MASTERS, which is the only middle school STEM competition that leverages Society-affiliated science fairs as a critical component of the STEM talent pipeline. Lua placed first in the Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair this past spring with her project, “MRI Image Analysis Using an ImageJ-Based Algorithm To Predict New-Onset Dementia.”

Each of the Top 300 MASTERS will receive a $125 award from DoD STEM. With this prize, 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.

On September 21, 30 of the top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will be named finalists. Selected by a panel of scientists, engineers, and educators from around the nation, the finalists will be competing for over $100,000, including the coveted $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, the $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award, the $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, and the $5,000 Broadcom Coding with Commitment Award.

Congratulations to Lua!
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