University: Stanford University
Maya I. Krishnan, Rockville, Maya is a Stanford University senior majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Computer Science. She wrote Modern Illuminations, a collection of ten essays on the metaphysics of modern thought about what it means to be human, for which she received Stanford’s annual Deans' Award for extraordinary intellectual accomplishment. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, her senior honors thesis examines Kant’s representation of infinity. Maya created POLIS, a Stanford digital humanities website that correlates datasets to provide data visualization about ancient Greece and Rome, and has had her work published. She also developed new computational techniques at the Brown Lab for finding ovarian cancer markers in genome sequencing data. She is interested in the philosophical issues raised by modern technology and how it is changing our conceptions of identity, knowledge and truth. Maya is also an oboist and music fan, loves art and drawing, and is a dedicated thrift store clothing shopper.