Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka of Crownsville won the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for designing a new method to detect pancreatic cancer, Intel announced Friday.
The fair, held in Pittsburgh, is the world’s largest high school science research competition. Jack will receive $75,000 for first place.
Jack used diabetic test paper to create a dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine for early-stage pancreatic cancer. It was deemed 90 percent accurate, and is 28 times faster and cheaper and over 100 times more sensitive than tests used now.
The senior has a patent pending.
Jack had been working in the lab of pancreatic cancer researcher Dr. Anirban Maitra at Johns Hopkins University, a spokeswoman said.
Other students won for projects to improve search engine capabilities and a more secure method of moving sensitive data called quantum teleportation. More than 1,500 student scientists competed for the prizes this year at the fair, which is sponsored by the nonprofit scientific research and eduction advocacy group Society for Science & the Public.
“We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we know that math and science are imperative to future global growth,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation, in a statement. “This competition encourages millions of students to engage their skills for innovation and develop promising solutions for global challenges.”