“He has over 45 patents ... that’s what’s so great about the 3M Challenge; it pairs finalists with and introduces them to top scientists,” Kurup said.
In all her classes, especially in zoology, Hill said when class members talk about parasites, she tries to emphasize how lucky the students are to live in America and drink clean water.
“I try to expose them to a variety of things,” Hill said. “I’ve had some students go on to do grad work on water purification and water systems.”
After the presentation, Norman High students said they were impressed with Kurup.
“I’m questioning what I’m doing with my life right now,” Alonna Nellis, sophomore AP biology student, joked when asked if she had any questions for Kurup.
At only 15, Kurup said her journey continues and she would like to keep working on ways to help get people clean water. Kurup acknowledged that the water crisis is daunting but encouraged Norman High students to get involved and enter local science fairs because science opens up opportunities.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious,” Kurup said, quoting Albert Einstein.