Virup Gubba

virup-gubbaState/Country: California
Hometown: San Jose
High School: Lynbrook HS
College Plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Major: Bioengineering
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Photography, Running, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Virup Gubba of Lynbrook HS from San Jose, California, represented California as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Gubba 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.

Gubba said, “With this NYSC experience I have been given a group of 119 new amazing friends from across the world.”

Gubba also included, “I the NYSC is important because it gives us nerds a chance to get together and learn that we are the future leaders of the world.”

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

Virup Gubba from California intently follows Dr. Rick Walker’s direction and teaching during an arm dissection directed study. Students respectfully explored and learned about the marvel and miracle of human anatomy and function in this directed study.