Jack Andraka, 15 Year Old from Maryland, Wins 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Intel foundation and Society for Science & the Public, announced the winner of 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2012) at a ceremony held in Pittsburgh, PA.  Jack Andraka, a 15 year old student from Crownsville, Md. Wins Top Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his work on creating “Non-Invasive Pancreatic Cancer Detection Tool”.

IntelScienceFairWinners2012 Jack Andraka, 15 Year Old from Maryland, Wins 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Jack Andraka gets to take home the Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize. The top prize is named in honor of the Intel co-founder, retired chairman and CEO. The Intel press release announcing the winner said that

Based on diabetic test paper, Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests

Nicholas Schiefer from Canada and Ari Dyckovsky from Viginia Win Young Scientist Awards

Intel also announced the winners of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards. Nicholas Schiefer from Pickering, Ontario, Canada and Ari Dyckovsky of Leesburg, Viginia received $50,000 each from the Intel Foundation. Google, Twitter, and Facebook beware. Nicholas won the award for his work on “microsearch”, the ability to search the fastest-growing, but smallest in terms of content like tweets and Facebook status updates.

Ari won the award for his work on futuristic science problem, the science of quantum teleportation. describing Ari’s work, Intel press release said

He found that once atoms are linked through a process called “entanglement,” information from one atom will just appear in another atom when the quantum state of the first atom is destroyed. Using this method, organizations requiring high levels of data security, such as the National Security Administration, could send an encrypted message without running the risk of interception because the information would not travel to its new location; it would simply appear there.

Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation said

We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we know that math and science are imperative to future global growth. This competition encourages millions of students to engage their skills for innovation and develop promising solutions for global challenges.

Intel ISEF’s 17 Best of Category Awards

In addition to the top three awards, Intel also selected 17 best of category projects. The best of categories receive $5,000 awards from the Intel Foundation. And also $1,000 grants are awarded to the schools of winners.  Here is the list of 17 winners.  One of the winners is Naomi Sha (in the Enviromental Sciences category), is last year’s Google Science Fair’s runner up.

  1. Animal Sciences: Lucy Hritzo Holland Pa.
  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences: Benjamin Kornick Roslyn Heights N.Y.
  3. Biochemistry Rebecca Alford Commack N.Y.
  4. Cellular and Molecular Biology Raghav Tripathi Portland Ore.
  5. Chemistry: Raghavendra Ramachanderan Bengaluru India
  6. Computer Science: Nicholas Schiefer Pickering, Ontario Canada
  7. Earth and Planetary Sciences: Mofeed Sawan London, Ontario Canada
  8. Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical Assiya Kussainova Karaganda, Karagandy Kazakhstan
  9. Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering Ryota Ishizuka Cos Cob Conn.
  10. Energy and Transportation Shyamal Buch Folsom Calif.
  11. Environmental Management: Adam Noble Lakefield, Ontario Canada
  12. Environmental Sciences: Naomi Shah Portland Ore.
  13. Mathematical Sciences: Aishwarya Vardhana Beaverton Ore.
  14. Medicine and Health: Jack Andraka Crownsville Md.
  15. Microbiology Felix: Angelov Skokie Ill.
  16. Physics and Astronomy: Ari Dyckovsky Leesburg Va.
  17. Plant Sciences: Huihui Fan Staten Island N.Y.

About Intel Science and Engineering Fair

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international science competition for students in grades 9–12. At this year’s competition, more than 1500 young scientists competed for the coveted top prize. These young scientists were selected from over 70 countries, regions, and territories. This year’s competition was held last week from May 13-18, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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