Paul Tufis

paul-tufisState/Country: Arkansas
Hometown: Russellville
High School: Russellville HS
College Plans: Florida Institute of Technology
Major: Biological Sciences and Molecular Biology
Professional Plans: Biomedical Engineer
Interests: Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Video “Steampunk” (Victorian) Era Inventions, Mythology, Collecting Antiques

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

Tufis said, “This summer I was challenged to hike a lot. I told myself to keep going.”

Tufis also included, “I think the NYSC is important in how it lets you meet people from all sorts of backgrounds.”

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

Paul Tufis, from Arkansas, casually welcomes an incoming frisbee as he enjoys some time of leisure in camp.