Greeshma Somashekar

greeshma-somashekarState/Country: North Carolina
Hometown: Cary
High School: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
College Plans: Stanford University
Major: Biomedical Computation
Professional Plans: Medicine
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Creative Writing (poetry, short stories), Piano, Singing

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Greeshma Somashekar of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from Cary, North Carolina, represented North Carolina as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Somashekar 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.

Somashekar said, “This summer I’ve learned that I can survive and thrive without cell phone service. It’s actually really nice to be disconnected (or less connected) from friends and all the problems and deadlines back home.”

Somashekar also included, “I’ve always been an advocate of bringing people from different backgrounds together. Delegates of the NYSC are from all fifty states and several international countries, and we wear our cultural, economic, academic, and geographic backgrounds on us everywhere we go. NYSC. Where else would I learn how to salsa dance, dissect a cow’s heart, and etch glass, while also immersing myself in everything West Virginia has to offer—such as rock climbing, kayaking, and scenic hikes.”

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

Greeshma Somashekar, a delegate from North Carolina, concentrates on her belaying for her climbing partner. The concept of trust and relationship building is an inherent part of this activity, much as it is a theme within the NYSC experience.