Garrett Frandson

garrett-frandsonState/Country: Arkansas
Hometown: Cabot
High School: Cabot HS
College Plans: Hendrix College
Major: Physics
Professional Plans: Astrophysics research
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Traveling, Video, Writing

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Garrett Frandson of Cabot HS from Cabot, Arkansas, represented Arkansas as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Frandson 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.

Frandson said, “One of my favorite parts of camp was being able to talk to and interact with the lecturers about their work.”

Frandson also included, “My NYSC experience has greatly broadened my scientific knowledge. I’ve learned more in fields I was already knowledgeable in, and I became knowledgeable in others as well.”

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

Garrett Frandson, delegate from Arkansas, listens intently to the tour guide at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, one of the largest and most sophisticated radio telescopes in the world. It is for this reason the area around Green Bank, including camp, is designated a radio-free zone.