The foundation made the announcement today.
Kawazu was selected for this honor from a pool of 2,343 entrants and more than 6,000 nominees from affiliated science fairs across the United States.
Her project title was, “The Effect of the Position of Arms on How Well You Execute a Pirouette.”
The next step in the competition takes place on September 20, when 30 finalists will be selected from the 300 semifinalists.
Finalists and one parent or guardian will receive $500 each and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the finals week competition from October 27 to November 2.
Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) summer camp, iPads, and the Samueli Prize of $25,000.
Dr. Henry Samueli is the Chief Technical Officer and a board member at Broadcom, and a co-founder of the company. He is a named inventor in over 70 U.S. patents. Dr. Samueli earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.