Kate Quinn, a sixth-grader at St. Francis of Assisi School, has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS competition sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public.
Kate’s project involved experimenting on flatworms with the chemical atrazine — a chemical found in weed killers — to determine if it’s a possible cause of Parkinson’s Disease, according to a statement from St. Francis of Assisi.
Kate and 29 other finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., Oct. 19-24 for the competition. The finalists will also meet with government officials and showcase their projects at the National Geographic Society on Oct. 20. Winners will be named during an awards ceremony Oct. 23 at the Carnegie Institution for Science, according to the society’s website.
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “be a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research,” according to its website.