Maya Burhanpurkar

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Maya Burhanpurkar
Born January, 1999 (1999-01-21) (age 18)
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian

Maya Burhanpurkar (born January, 1999) is an Indo-Canadian scientist.

Personal life[edit]

Burhanpurkar was born in Orillia, to parents of Indian origin. She completed high school in 2016 at Barrie North Collegiate Institute and is due to begin undergraduate studies at Harvard University in 2017.[1][2]

Career[edit]

At age 10, Burhanpurkar built a microbiology lab in her family basement and began conducting scientific experiments[3][4] after volunteering in a hospital in India.[5] Burhanpurkar's parents[6] supported her curiosity.[3]

At the age of 14, Burhanpurkar conducted research in the field of fundamental physics—the first physical detection of Absement—for which she was awarded the Canada-Wide Science Fair Platinum Medal,[7] competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair[8] and was selected as a regional finalist for the 2013 Google Science Fair.[9][10] When she was 13, she received the Platinum Award at the Canada-Wide Science Fair for her work on the cardiac and gastrointestinal safety of two Alzheimer's drugs.[11][12][13][14] Burhanpurkar was inspired to study the safety of Alzheimer's drugs after the death of her grandfather from Alzheimer's disease.[15] At the age of 12, Burhanpurkar developed an intelligent-antibiotic which selectively kills pathogenic bacteria such as E-coli but preserves the body's helpful intestinal microbiota bacteria.

She filmed a documentary on the "effects of climate change on Inuit communities featuring Chris Hadfield and Margaret Atwood"[16] after an expedition to the Arctic.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

In 2013, Burhanpurkar was named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20.[1] She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and was the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year (2010).

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Teen wins Top 20 Under 20 award". www.simcoe.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  2. ^ nurun.com. "A conversation with Maya". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Meet #YouthSpark Star Maya, an avid researcher who is passionate about science". www.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  4. ^ "SOI Alumna Maya Burhanpurkar receives 2013 'Top 20 Under 20' Award - Students on Ice". Students on Ice. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  5. ^ "8 Young Women Innovators In Search Of The Best Way To Help Others | Care2 Causes". www.care2.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  6. ^ "Indian-origin winner of Canadian science award to be felicitated". mid-day. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  7. ^ "[1]"
  8. ^ Bell, Roberta (March 26, 2013). "Maya vs Newton: 14-year-old from Oro-Medonte sets her sights on Isaac Newton's theories." Orillia Packet & Times.
  9. ^ Winton-Sarvis, Gisele (June 25, 2013). "14-year-old from Oro-Medonte named Google Science Fair regional finalist." Orillia Packet & Times.
  10. ^ "Ontario girl, 14, wins spot at international science fair for validating one of Isaac Newton's key laws of physics". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  11. ^ Ross, Sara (May 21, 2012). "Girl's project turns heads". The barrie examiner. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Bapat, Nikhil (July 30, 2012). "Pune girl making waves in Canada". Sakaal Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Talk of the town: Child science prodigy". The Indian Express. Jul 30, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "students win national awards". msn news. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  15. ^ nurun.com. "Girl's project turns heads". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  16. ^ "Canada's Smartest Person". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  17. ^ "Maya Burhanpurkar". BresciaLEAD. 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  18. ^ "She's 14 and Changing the Health Care System". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  19. ^ CBC News http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/ontariomorning_20120523_65899.mp3.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQBgJPKixrw&list=UUKjU3KzdbJE1EFcHVqXC3_g&index=1&feature=plcp
  21. ^ Oncel, Doina (September 17, 2013). "Inspiring A Generation: She's 14...Changing The Healthcare System." The Huffington Post.
  22. ^ http://www.tvokids.com/videos/tvokidssupercitizenawardmaya
  23. ^ Czikk, Joseph (August 21, 2013). "Project RHINO to Welcome Canada’s First Thiel Fellowship Event." Techvibes.
  24. ^ Sieniuc, Katrina; The Globe and Mail (June 5, 2013). "'Top 20 Under 20' recognizes young Canadians making a difference". Toronto. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ Bell, Roberta; Orillia Packet (October 29, 2012). "Young Diamond Jubilee winner". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c d http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/sites/default/files/documents/cwsf/2012%20CWSF%20Awards-EN.pdf
  27. ^ https://secure.youthscience.ca/virtualcwsf/projectdetailspdf.php?id=3805
  28. ^ http://www.ocna.org/jc2010
  29. ^ http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/sites/default/files/documents/cwsf/2011%20CWSF%20Awards-%20EN.pdf