Keertan Kini

keertan-kiniState/Country: Indiana
Hometown: Schererville
High School: Lake Central HS
College Plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Professional Plans: Undecided

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Keertan Kini of Lake Central HS from Schererville, Indiana, represented Indiana as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Kini 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.

Kini said, “I loved kayaking because it was both relaxing and strenuous at points, while allowing me to experience a new sport at the same time. I hope to kayak in the future.”

Kini also included, “Not only has NYSC broadened my mind and understanding of different walks of life, but also has given me part of a network of minds which will follow me into adulthood.”

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

Keertan Kini, delegate from Indiana, poses an intriguing question to the lecturer. A question and answer period always follows each lecture, in which the delegates body of 120 presents a palette of varied interesting questions and discussion.