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Jack Andraka          

American Inventor, Scientist and Cancer Researcher, National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Jack Andraka is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who speaks to audiences of youths and adults all across the globe about his personal story, research, and his ideas for STEM education reform and fostering innovation and creativity. His journey began at age fifteen when, after losing a close family friend to pancreatic cancer, he invented an inexpensive early detection method for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes to run. Now studying electrical engineering and public policy at Stanford, Andraka conducts research on nanorobots, inexpensive biosensors, disease diagnostics, water filters, and econometrics while serving as faculty at the Stanford Anesthesiology Summer Institute.

Andraka’s groundbreaking results have earned him international recognition, most notably a 2014 Jefferson Award, the nation’s most prestigious public service award, the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, the Out 100, White House Champion of Change in Open Science, the 2012 Intel ISEF Gordon E. Moore Award, and Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 award. ​ In addition, Andraka was First Lady Michelle Obama’s personal guest at the 2013 State of the Union Address. He has been featured in several documentaries including Morgan Spurlock’s Sundance Film Festival entry, “You Don’t Know Jack,” Linda Peters’ award winning film, “Just Jack,” and the online version of Ken Burns’ “The Emperor of All Maladies”, as well as 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, BBC, Fox, Rede Record de Televisão, and radio, newspaper, and magazine articles around the world. ​ Andraka speaks at a wide variety of locations including universities, schools, technology organizations and corporations, hospitals and the education sector in over 40 countries. Notable venues include a mainstage TED talk, 19 TEDx talks, a panelist at the annual Clinton Global Initiative, and a X-Prize Foundation Visioneer. His audiences range from youth—children and teens- to adults interested in using their creativity and curiosity to change the world. ​ ​Andraka also runs programs for mentoring disadvantaged LGBT youth in STEM fields. He is a member of both the Junior and U-23 national kayaking teams and placed in the top 20 at the U-23 Wildwater Kayaking World Championships.

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"Jack's presentation to the Best in Nation App Challenge winning teams was a great addition to the evening's agenda. It was obvious by the complete attention the teens in the audience gave Jack during his talk and their excitement about meeting him in person and having their picture taken later with this new celebrity, that his experiences amazed and delighted them. He told his story with humor and detail that opened the audience's eyes to what can be achieved when someone so young believes anything is possible. We would be happy to invite Jack to present again in the future."

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EMPOWERMENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, GRIT, INNOVATION, PERSERVERENCE, RESILIENCE, SCIENCE & TEENS

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Jack Andraka, 2012 Intel ISEF Winner, Talks About Groundbreaking ...

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16-year-old finds a new way to detect cancer - CBS News

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Cancer, Innovation and a Boy Named Jack - Forbes

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Jack Andraka's Parents on Raising a Science Whiz Kid - WSJ

After Jack Andraka took home the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at age 15, his family steered him through accolades, ...

Jack Andraka Reflects on His Work in Cancer | ASCO Annual Meeting

[image:1:right]It's virtually impossible to leave a conversation with Jack Andraka not feeling optimistic. Mr. Andraka is the scientist who at age 15, as a high ...

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