Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award Winner

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Mina Fedor ’21 and her family recently attended the Broadcom MASTERS® finals week in Washington, DC. Her 8th grade MasterWorks science research project, “EEG Theta During Self-Directed Versus Passive Spatial Memory Encoding and Retrieval” was one of 30 finalists in this year’s competition.

The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science evaluated the finalists over a span of seven days as they participated in multiple challenges. The winners were awarded for their skills including collaboration, communication, and creativity.

In the official press release, Mina was named the winner of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award:

“Mina Fedor won the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, which recognizes the student whose work and performance shows the most promise in health-related fields and demonstrates an understanding of the many social factors that affect the health of communities. Mina used electroencephalography, or EEG, to measure a certain type of brain activity as people did active and passive learning tasks. Mina’s research, which found that the brain doesn’t substantially differentiate between the two different kinds of learning, could impact the way educators teach.”

During their week in DC, Mina created prototypes, pitched innovation ideas, studied marine life in the Chesapeake Bay, made new friends from around the country!

Mina’s mother, Ivana, sent over a special note to BPC upon their return home: “After experiencing finals week in DC, we both recognize the importance BPC had in making this possible… All this to say, thanks for giving the students the space to work on projects like MasterWorks and for supporting them along the way. BPC has played an instrumental part in her developing these skills.”

Congratulations, Mina!

Courtesy of Lisa Fryklund