Vijay Sampath

vijay-sampathState/Country: West Virginia
Hometown: Charleston
High School: George Washington HS
College Plans: Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Vijay Sampath of George Washington HS from Charleston, West Virginia, represented West Virginia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Sampath 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.

Sampath said, “Mountain biking was very challenging, but I just forced myself to keep going. Just a little determination was all it took.”

Sampath also included, “The future of America rests in our ability to innovate and move forward. We need new vision and ideas. The delegates who took part in NYSC are without a doubt, integral to our future as nation.”

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

Vijay Sampath, one of the delegates from West Virginia, raises his state’s flag during the daily flag raising on the first morning of camp.