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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Arpan Prabhu

Arpan Prabhu

West Virginia


High School:
Morgantown HS

College Plans: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Biology & Philosophy
Professional Plans: Medical Physician specializing in Pain Medicine
Interests: Chess, Biking the Rails to Trails System,

Arpan Prabhu, a 2010 graduate of Morgantown HS from Morgantown, West Virginia, was selected to represent West Virginia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Prabhu joined 109 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from nine other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 46th year. The camp, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.

Each year, eminent scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: Global Warming, Genomic Medicine, Radio Astronomy, and Energy Sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series provided extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields. According to Prabhu, “The National Youth Science Camp has exposed me to a plethora of ideas and innovations that I previously knew very little about. I learned about the intensive logistics and goals of the International Space Station, the JASON project in education, and new, beneficial oils that have been found in plants. In particular, a lecture by Dr. Fredrick Walker piqued my interest in cancer research and the massive improvements in both technology and technique that have occurred over the past 30 years.”  Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.

In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates also explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from an array of afternoon seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion and culture. Regarding these experiences, Prabhu said, “The outdoor adventures introduced me to the thrills of kayaking for the first time. The other backpacking adventures were great bonding experiences, and I’ve made some great friends from places from Ohio to Argentina.” Arpan Prabhu is planning to study Biology & Philosophy at University of Pittsburgh this fall.

Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation make it possible for all delegates to attend NYSC free of charge, including round-trip transportation.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D.
Executive Director

National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax

Arpan Prabhu

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