Thermo and Society for Science Launch School Competition

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Column, December 2022, Volume 18, Issue 12
Pages: 12

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Waltham, Massachusetts, USA), along with Society for Science (Washington, D.C., USA), has announced the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, a middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition in the USA.

“Society for Science is very excited to embark on this new partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science. “Our middle school STEM competition, now called the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, will be impacting and celebrating students at a critical time in their development, encouraging them to continue on this important STEM pathway to college and career.”

Almost 300 state and regional middle school science fairs across the country have affiliated with the Society’s science fair network and will nominate students to compete in the Challenge. Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their projects in Washington, D.C., and compete for more than $100,000 in awards, including a top prize of $25,000.


“Competing in a national science fair directly influenced my path toward a STEM career. I was inspired to take high school summer classes, which led to a degree in engineering and a startup role building an innovative technology that was later acquired by Thermo Fisher,” said Jorge Fonseca, director of product management for Thermo Fisher’s Genetic Sciences business.

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