Amy Ferguson, a 2010 graduate of Pendleton High School from Pendleton, Oregon, was selected to represent Oregon at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Ferguson 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 Ferguson, “My favorite experience was the Fourth of July celebration at Camp Pocahontas. It was one of those rare moments in life where you experienced a complete feeling of happiness and contentment. I felt a strong bond with my fellow delegates and the world around me. I will treasure that moment forever.” 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, Ferguson said, “My time at camp has enhanced my interest in the field of genetics. Through the lectures about the genetic disorders of the Amish community and the ethics pertaining to the use of genetics in the modern world, I’ve become more interested in our genes. I one day hope to be part of a team that discovers how to use genetics to cure genetic diseases.” Amy Ferguson is planning to attend University of Puget Sound 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