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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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The inspiration for my project came from my realization that there is not really a low-cost and quantitative way to detect skin cancer. I decided to set out to solve this problem. In the future, I hope that my research could eventually lead to a real medical device that would be used all around the world for detecting skin cancers. My advice for other students is to dream big. Some projects may not be feasible due to funding or scale, but it is good to be ambitious! Through my school, I am a part of the STEM program, where we apply our math and physics knowledge to solve real world engineering problems, like building a smart greenhouse or a solar tracker. I have also founded a STEM entrepreneurship speaker series, and a journal to chronicle what we learn in the STEM program. In university I will likely study engineering physics, to blend my passions for physics, medicine and technology. I hope to eventually become a clinician scientist, or a Professor of Physics and Biomedical Engineering at a research university.

Nick Murray


Low-Cost, Point-of-Care Skin Cancer Detection
Challenge:Innovation
Category:Senior
Region:Greater Vancouver
City:Vancouver, BC
School:Templeton Secondary
Abstract:This project was focused on the design, construction and validation of the first ever low-cost and portable device for detecting and staging skin cancers and skin diseases. This novel device is interesting because it could potentially solve the problem of a lack of dermatologists in resource poor settings. Hopefully, it can one day be used to detect early stage skin cancers and save lives.

Awards Value
York University STEM Entrepreneur Bootcamp Scholarship Awards
Open
Sponsor: York University, Lassonde School of Engineering
$2 500.00
Youth Can Innovate Awards
Senior
Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation
$1 000.00
Youth Can Innovate Awards
Senior
Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation
$7 000.00
Excellence Award - Senior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Carleton University Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2,000 Entrance Award
Sponsor: Carleton University
$2 000.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$2 500.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$2 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$21 000.00