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Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Society for Science launch the Junior Innovators Challenge to inspire more than 65,000 future STEM leaders nationwide

Educators and School Officials Encouraged to Raise Awareness of National and Regional Science Fairs for a Chance to Participate in the Nation’s First Middle School STEM Competition

WALTHAM, Mass. & WASHINGTON, November 03, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO), the global leader in serving science, and the Society for Science (the Society), today announced the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge , the nation’s premier college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition. The Society named Thermo Fisher as the new title sponsor of the organization’s college STEM competition in August.

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“Society for Science is thrilled to embark on this new partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science and publisher of Scientific news. “Our STEM competition for colleges, now called the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, will impact and celebrate students at a critical time in their development, encouraging them to pursue this important STEM pathway to college and career.”

Nearly 300 science fairs from schools, states and regional colleges across the country have affiliated with the Society’s science fair network and will nominate students to participate in the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who place in the top 10% in their science fairs are eligible to participate in the Junior Innovators Challenge, formerly known as the Broadcom MASTERS. Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their projects in Washington, D.C., compete in teams, visit historic sites and organizations that celebrate innovation, and compete for over $100,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $25,000.

“Participating in a national science fair directly influenced my path to a career in STEM. I was inspired to take summer school in high school, which led to an engineering degree and a start in 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 and alumnus of a contest held by the Society for Science. “As the leader of this product line today, I am proud to be part of a company that is expanding access to STEM learning experiences like those that have shaped my life.”

The Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge builds on the company’s longstanding commitment to widespread and equitable access to STEM education through competency-based peer engagement and by putting the emphasis on outreach and equity programs, ensuring that the students served, the teachers reached, and the candidates converted into national competitors are more representative of the American population.

“By introducing students to the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, we are helping them discover that there is a place for everyone in STEM, which ultimately leads to a workforce that more fully represents our society,” said Dr. Karen Nelson, Scientific Director. , ThermoFisher Scientific. “Early exposure to STEM makes a difference. I know from personal experience that when young scientists engage in hands-on education opportunities like science competitions, they learn about much more than science, about creativity and science. adaptability to collaboration and communication skills, which is why we encourage educators and middle school leaders across the country to help their students participate in science fairs affiliated with the Society for Science.”

The Junior Innovators Challenge announcement aligns with Thermo Fisher’s annual STEM Education Month campaign, which runs throughout November. Over 125,000 colleagues around the world are encouraged to volunteer their time to explore STEM education, engage with their local communities, and inspire young learners to pursue STEM.

In 2021 alone, through its Science Foundation, Thermo Fisher supported STEM programs for more than 100,000 students and 6,500 educators in 21 countries, leveraging its industry strengths in science innovation and the commitment of its employees to drive positive local change through partnerships with trusted nonprofit organizations. The Foundation amplifies the company’s support for student populations historically underrepresented in the life sciences.

To find out if your local science fair is affiliated with the Society for Science, or to find an affiliated science fair in your area, visit

About the Society for Science

Society for Science is a champion of science, dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human progress. Founded in 1921, the Society for Science is best known for its award-winning journalism through Scientific news and Scientific news exploresits world-class science research competitions for students, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, as well as its outreach and equity programs that aim to ensure that all students have an opportunity to pursue a career in STEM.

A 501(c)(3) member organization, Society for Science is committed to informing, educating and inspiring. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Snapchat (Society4Science).

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual sales of approximately $40 billion. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life science research, solving complex analytical challenges, increasing their laboratory productivity, improving patient health through diagnostics, or developing and manufacturing life-changing therapies, we are there to support them. Our global team delivers an unparalleled combination of innovative technology, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services, Patheon and PPD. For more information, please visit

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