Bharathwaj Nandagopal

bharathwaj-nandagopalState/Country: Delaware
Hometown: Middletown
High School: Middletown HS
College Plans: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Alternative energy engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Running, Sports, TravelingPuns, Cars, Ultimate frisbee

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Bharathwaj Nandagopal of Middletown HS from Middletown, Delaware, represented Delaware as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Nandagopal joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, 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, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. 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 explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.

Nandagopal said, “The hardest outdoor activity for me was kayaking. I was hugely afraid of water and I went and turned upside down in the rapids and I kept going and finished it out anyway with a smile on my face.”

Nandagopal also included, “This summer I was challenged with flying on an international flight all by myself from India to the U.S. (I vacationed in India right before arriving to NYSC). Also getting used to being in a place with new faces all over again. I used common sense to overcome my international flight and I used puns to break the ice.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Bharathwaj (BJ) Nandagopal readies himself to choose from the ample list of available hiking, biking, climbing, and kayaking trips.