Three students from Alachua County Public Schools were recently named some the nation’s top middle school scientists.

David Cagle, from Oak View Middle School, and Angela Gao and Akash Verma of Lincoln Middle School all placed in the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering competition’s Top 300.

Entry to the competition required placing in the top 10% of regional and state middle school science fairs.

The Top 300 were then selected from the 2,348 competitors who qualified for the national contest. The students’ science fair projects were evaluated by scientists, engineers and educators, as well as their ability to analyze data and STEM-related issues in the world.

For their winning projects, Verma studied the effects of radiofrequency radiation on human brain waves. Gao evaluated graphitic carbon nitride’s ability to remove contaminants. Cagle examined whether information about bullying influences perception.

The achievement brought a string of prizes, including an award ribbon and certificate, a Broadcom backpack and decal, an invention journal, and a one-year subscription to Science News magazine.