Brittany Wenger

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Brittany Wenger (born 1994) is an American student who was the first-place winner of the Google Science Fair in 2012. Wenger currently studies at Duke University.[1]

For her entry into the science fair, Wenger trained a statistical model to predict signs of breast cancer given nine features from the breast tissue samples as an input representation.[2][3] Wenger used neural networks to train the develop the statistical model.[4] — that is currently 99.1 percent sensitive to malignancy.[5] As the first-place winner, she received a $50,000 scholarship.[6] Wenger spoke about her software at the TEDx Atlanta conference in 2012,[7] and TEDx CERN conference in 2013.[8] In 2013, representing Out-of-Door Academy, she was a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and was awarded 8th place.[4]


  1. ^ Zhang, Jenna (27 January 2014). "TIME's Thirty under Thirty Brittany Wenger talks research, Duke experience". Duke Chronicle. Duke Student Publishing. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  2. ^ Roach, John. "17-year-old girl trained a statistical model to detect breast cancer". NBC News. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  3. ^ "17-year-old programs artificial 'brain' to diagnose breast cancer" .Fox News. 25 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Finalist Brittany Wenger Out-of-Door Academy Florida." Archived 2013-07-30 at the Wayback Machine. Society for Science and the Public.
  5. ^ Kelley, Michael. "This 17-Year-Old Built An Artificial 'Brain' That Can Accurately Diagnose Breast Cancer". Business Insider, 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ Kuchment, Anna (2012). "Google recognizes teens for tackling hearing loss breast cancer and water quality". Scientific American. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Brittany Wenger". TEDx Atlanta., March 2012.
  8. ^ Brittany Wenger at TEDx CERN, YouTube

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