Jonathan Ferng, a 2010 graduate of University High School from Tucson, Arizona, was selected to represent Arizona at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Ferng 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 Ferng, “My best experience at camp thus far was the opportunity to meet, share, and learn from over one hundred United States delegates and those from other countries. For the past couple of years, I’ve centered my life around the characteristics of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance; meeting so many passionate and caring people at the National Youth Science Camp gives me great hope for the future of science in America and the world.” 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, Ferng said, “A lecture by Dr. Julie Robinson called “Science and the International Space Station” rekindled my interest in scientific research in general. Using gravity as a controlled factor for experiments provides a spectrum of research possibilities. I’m even more excited to pursue a biochemistry major and to have a knowledge base for future research. ” Jonathan Ferng is planning to study Biochemistry at University of Arizona 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