Harsh Patolia

harsh-patoliaState/Country: Virginia
Hometown: Roanoke
High School: Hidden Valley HS
College Plans: Wake Forest University
Major: Physics and Mathematics
Professional Plans: Medicine
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Video games

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Harsh Patolia of Hidden Valley HS from Roanoke, Virginia, represented Virginia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Patolia 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.

Patolia said, “My NYSC experience has helped me in coming to appreciate intellectual discussions and making both personal and academic friendships with delegates, Staph* [a traditional spelling] members, and lecturers.”

Patolia also included, “This summer I was challenged in participating in difficult directed studies. I was able to learn a plethora by primarily asking questions.”

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


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

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

Harsh Patolia, delegate from Virginia, manipulates a circuit board to his liking during a directed study exploring the workings of radio technology and the physics which make those possible. Jayke Carig from Hawaii watches alongside.