Apoorva is an enthusiastic artist who loves to oil paint and sketch portraits. She is the founder of Apoorva Panidapu’s Art Gallery (www.apoorvaartgallery.com), an online platform to share her artwork and raise funds for charity, and has raised over $45,000 so far. Her story and paintings were featured on Artists for Peace, Stone Soup, and Ellen and Cheerio's “One Million Acts of Good.” She is also the grand prize winner of NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Student Art Contest, as well as a recipient of 2021 Diana Award and 5 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
Apoorva is a public speaker who encourages girls, gender minorities, and all youth to pursue STEAM fearlessly, and has spoken at global conferences in partnerships with multibillion dollar companies.
She is a global ambassador for GLAM (Girls Leadership Academy Meetup), where she helps encourage girls aged 8-12 from diverse backgrounds to pursue leadership and careers in tech. Her mission is to encourage others to use their gifts to make a difference in the world.
In her spare time, Apoorva enjoys playing the violin, practicing kung fu, and reading classical literature.
Apoorva Panidapu is a 17-year-old high-school sophomore in San Jose, California. Apoorva wears many hats; she’s a student, a teacher, an aspiring mathematician, an artist, a social entrepreneur, and a public speaker who loves helping people around the world. Apoorva started taking college classes at age 11 and has since completed several upper-division and graduate-level mathematics courses with a keen interest in Number Theory. She attended the prestigious Canada/USA Mathcamp (2018, 2019) and the highly selective University of Virginia REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) in 2020 and 2021 as the youngest student there. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with world-renowned mathematicians in her fields of interest and has co-authored and published papers in number theory, two of which were published in the Journal of Number Theory. For her recent research on the distribution of primes, she was named a 2021 Davidson Fellows Laureate, one of four to receive a $50,000 scholarship.
Apoorva has received several worldwide recognitions for her achievements in mathematics, including being featured in NBC's Genius Junior, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris in 2018. She is the recipient of awards such as the prestigious Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship and the Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication. Moreover, she was named as a World Science Scholar, one among a select few globally. She is also a recipient of the 2020 Global Child Prodigy Award.