Julie Barrios, a 2010 graduate of Converse HS from Converse, Louisiana, was selected to represent Louisiana at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Barrios joined 109 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from nine other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 46th year. The camp, 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, eminent scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: Global Warming, Genomic Medicine, Radio Astronomy, and Energy Sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series provided extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields. According to Barrios, “Being at camp has affirmed my interesting ecology and coastal Louisiana by connecting me with scientists who also care about the coast. The different views held by fellow delegates about the oil spill and Louisiana have challenged and encouraged me to find ways to solve such problems.” 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 also explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from an array of afternoon seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion and culture. Regarding these experiences, Barrios said, “The best part of the camp experience is the people. My friends at camp come form all over the United States and the world - and they’re all driven, creative, and inspiring people. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet the people who will change our world.” Julie Barrios is planning to study Mass Communication at Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana this fall.
Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation make it possible for all delegates to attend NYSC free of charge, including round-trip transportation.
For more information, please contact:
Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D.
National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax