Suman Gunasekaran

suman-gunasekaranState/Country: Wisconsin
Hometown: Madison
High School: James Madison Memorial HS
College Plans: Harvard University
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, Running, Sports, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Suman Gunasekaran of James Madison Memorial HS from Madison, Wisconsin, represented Wisconsin as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Gunasekaran 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.

Gunasekaran said, “The hardest outdoor activity was biking because there were a lot of hills. It was very exhausting. I just kept pushing myself and made sure not to walk.”

Gunasekaran also included, “This summer I was challenged in that I had to learn how to live away from my parents and camp in the outdoors.”

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

Suman Gunasekaran works individually to solder a circuit board during a directed study on radios and how they function.