Arctic 2013 participant Maya Burhanpurkar was recently selected as one of the
recipients of this year’s Top 20 Under 20 awards. Run by the charitable organization Youth in Motion, Top 20 Under 20 is a Canadian national awards program that reaches out to thousands of youth across the country before finalizing a list of 20 up-and-comers who embody leadership, innovation and achievement.
Maya, 13, was acknowledged for setting up a fully functioning microbiology lab in her basement at the age of 10 – after universities and research institutions told her she was too young to use theirs – where she studied the effects of antibiotics on patients and discovered new properties of an Alzheimer’s drug to protect seniors and athletes from heart attacks.
Congratulations Maya! We’re looking forward to welcoming you and all the other students participating on this summer’s Arctic Expedition!