Meet Our Scholars
At age 15, Jack Andraka created a simple paper sensor for the accurate detection of pancreatic cancer for as little as three cents and in five minutes. Now a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jack is working on inkjet-printed biosensors for environmental monitoring, explosive detection and disease diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and cancer as well as nanorobots for the treatment of cancers. In addition to his scientific work, Jack is an avid advocate for LGBTQ diversity in STEM fields and has talked in more than 25 countries about the topic as well as publishing a memoir, 'Breakthrough,' with Harper Collins. The book details his story as an LGBTQ youth in science and his fight against bullying and homophobia in school. Jack has worked with multiple corporations and organizations for LGBT diversity in STEM, including Intel, Booze Allen, and the National Association of Gifted Children. Jack's work and advocacy efforts have earned him worldwide recognition, winning him the Gordon E. Moore Award at Intel ISEF, the OUT 100, the Advocate 40 under 40, the 2014 Jefferson Award (one of the nation's highest honors for public service), and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. He has also been interviewed by '60 Minutes,' 'ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,' 'The Colbert Report,' NPR, Time magazine, 'The View,' The Washington Post and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other media outlets worldwide. In his free time, Jack is also a member of the National Junior Wildwater Team and competes in international math competitions.