Society for Science & the Public

Before Maya Ajmera founded The Global Fund for Children, she was destined for a career in science. Maya grew up in Greenville, North Carolina, the daughter of Indian immigrants, a physicist and a business entrepreneur. Maya’s interest in science began with her work in a botany lab exploring the growth of duckweeds when she was 13 years old. Her passion for scientific research and the thrill of competition made her a lifelong science fair junkie.

Maya attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) and became involved in the mentorship program. She conducted research in the microbiology department her junior year at NCSSM. Her project, “Isolation and Characterization of a Tetracycline Resistant Plasmid of an Animal Isolate, Streptococcus faecalis, SF2” was submitted to the Westinghouse Science Talent Search which is now sponsored by Regeneron. She was selected as one of the top 300 young scientists in the nation.

After NCSSM, Maya attended Bryn Mawr College where she majored in biology with a concentration in neuroscience. Her senior thesis was published in Brain Research (Volume 609) entitled, “Organization of motor pools supplying axial muscles in the chicken.”

Maya Ajmera joined the Society for Science & the Public (Society) in August 2104. As an alumna of the Science Talent Search, she is the the President & CEO and publisher of the award winning magazine, Science News.

The Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire. Founded in 1921 by E.W. Scripps, a renowned journalist and William Ritter, a zoologist, the Society (formerly known as Science Service) has conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public through its award-winning magazine, Science News and digital companion, Science News for Students and world-class science competitions—Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS.

Today, the Society is dedicated to providing concise, accurate, and inspirational science news and opportunities to our nearly 100,000 subscribing members, the 50,000 alumni of our competitions worldwide, and nearly 20 million unique online visitors and social media followers.