Anup Challa

Anup Prasant Aron Challa

State/Country:  Tennessee
Hometown:  Cordova
High School:  White Station High School
College Plans:  Vanderbilt University
Major:  Immunoengineering and Bioinformatics, Urban Studies
Professional Plans:  Medicine, Research
Interests:  Biking, Cards, Hiking, Music, Movies, Reading, Traveling, Sports-Black Belt, Taekwondo, American Red Cross, Birdwatching, Classic novels, Getting lost on long walks around downtown
Activities:  Choir, Speech and Debate, Student Government, Swimming, Tennis, Church Activities, Tutor for College Bound ), Laboratory Technician, Activism with children with HIV/AIDS, Telugu Association of Memphis, Leader, Be the Match, Project Nite Nite, Leader, Youth Empowering Youth , -Volunteer, Memphis Interfaith, Poplar Point Health and Rehabilitation Center, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee
Honors:  Graduating with honors, National Honor Society, Beta Club, AP Scholar, Governor’s School, US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, Mu Alpha Theta, National Merit Finalist -International Gold Medalist, Annual Exams of Royal Society of Biology – Featured presenter, National Conference on Undergraduate Research  -Egleston Scholar at Columbia University -Publication of research on gene therapies for  BRCA1/BRCA2 tumors -Sri Viswayogi Prize -United States Biology Olympiad (USABO) team two-time semifinalist -Publication in Library of Congress -Awarded for MASTERS SSP national research fair -Publication of original poetry -First place (scholarship recipient), Optimist Club of Tennessee oratory competition -Science Olympiad medals and qualifications (Nationals, State, and Regionals) -First chair, TN All-State Chorus, and four-time All-West qualifier -First place in Spanish poetry and creative arts, Foreign Language Fair at University of Memphis -Science National Honor Society

Press Release

Challa Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Anup Challa, a graduate of White Station High School represented Tennessee at the National Youth Science Camp. Challa joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM program.  The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp.  For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

Challa shared, “NYSC has connected me with a network of peers who I can contact throughout my career and beyond. Delegates at this camp are inspired with a love of science and the drive to succeed at all tasks they undertake. With this, NYSC has added 108 other perspectives to my understanding of STEM.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit

Challa plans to attend Vanderbilt as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar and a Chancellor’s Scholar in the fall, to study Immunoengineering and Bioinformatics, Urban Studies.


Contact Information:

John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387