Ivan Kuznetsov

ivan-kuznetsovState/Country: North Carolina
Hometown: Raleigh
High School: William G. Enloe HS
College Plans: MIT OR Johns Hopkins University
Major: Biomedical Engineering/Material Science
Professional Plans: Academic Job
Interests: Chess, Reading, Sports, Traveling,Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Ivan Kuznetsov of William G. Enloe HS from Raleigh, North Carolina, represented North Carolina as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Kuznetsov 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.

Kuznetsov said, “My favorite part of camp was the face-to-face communication with peers and lecturers. The fact that no one had access to electronics (internet, television, cell phone service) provided a perfect environment for friendly relations to develop. I loved that opportunity and wish I had more time to make full use of it.”

Kuznetsov also included, “NYSC provides a unique opportunity for college-bound students to meet and interact with other students, Staph* [a traditional spelling, for their infectious enthusiasm], and lecturers that share similar interests as they do. It creates an environment that provides a rare opportunity for growth, development, and learning.”

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

Ivan Kuznetsov, from North Carolina, approaches the sign up sheets for selecting his preference for an upcoming overnight trip, from which delegates could choose from a list of hiking trips of varied difficulty, as well as rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking opportunities.