Sid Dhawan

sidharth-dhawanState/Country: Oregon
Hometown: Beaverton
High School: Westview HS
College Plans: Princeton University
Major: Physics
Professional Plans: Professor
Interests: Biking, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Sidharth Dhawan of Westview HS from Beaverton, Oregon, represented Oregon as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Dhawan 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.

Dhawan said, “My favorite outdoor activity was caving, because navigating inside the cave was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. We had to crawl through some really tight spaces, and there were some really cool things inside it.”

Dhawan also included, “My favorite part of camp was the philosophy of living one day at a time–this camp was much more fun and relaxing than others I have been to because there are no due dates, schedules, or assignments–we just enjoy one moment at a time.”

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

Dr. Mike Elsbury works with Sid Dhawan, a delegate from Oregon, as he solders a radio piece. Dr. Elsbury taught his small group of delegates in his directed study about the components of a radio, the technology and physics that makes them possible, and applied this knowledge by having the group construct one from spare parts.