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Forget Renaissance Man. This teen is a phenom for the 21st century.

'I don't like to put labels on myself, but I guess I'm a bit of a nerd.'
18-year-old Maya Burhanpurkar is shaking up the scientific world. 15:20

At 15-years-old, Maya Burhanpurkar joined a graduate level study in theoretical physics and helped prove a centuries-old theory. Now 18, she's still shaking up the scientific world.

I'm just really excited and interested in everything, and that's caused me to learn as much as I can about as many things as possible.

Physics is not Burhanpurkar's only passion: music, astronomy, filmmaking, public speaking and astronomy are also part of this young woman's life and interests.

Burhanpurkar is one of a new generation of passionate change-makers profiled in CBC's new series We Are Canada. Watch the series Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC and online.

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