- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - In her inaugural address, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan lauded Nashua South High School senior Deepika Kurup as an example of determination and finding solutions through science.

The 16-year-old Kurup - in the audience with her family - received sustained applause.

It was on a trip to India several years ago that she dedicated herself to finding a way to purify the dirty water she saw children drinking.

She developed a model water purification system using several common chemicals and sunlight. She improved on her own invention over the next two years, developing a filtration system that inactivates 100 percent of coliform bacteria in 15 minutes.

She won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist award in 2012 and the title of “American’s Top Young Scientist.” In 2014, she won the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize. She has also competed at the White House science fair and met with President Obama.

“As global challenges go, it doesn’t get much bigger than the scarcity of safe drinking water,” Hassan said Thursday. “But rather than be daunted by the magnitude of this challenge, Deepika found a new way forward.”

Deepika has said she wants to go to medical school and become a neurologist.

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