Adrienne Fung, a 2010 graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy HS from Honolulu, Hawaii, was selected to represent Hawaii at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Fung 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 Fung, “Previous to Dr. Fredrick Walker’s “Breast Cancer, 30 Years Back, 30 Years Forward” lecture, I had not contemplated a career in the medical field. His passion encourages me to consider pursuing medical research. Dr. Walker gave many options as to how we can get involved in improving methods and technologies such as detecting and treating breast cancer.” 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, Fung said, “The outdoor program has built my cooperation and endurance. I had to work with others to make sure we were being efficient and that we were being respectful to each other as a team. My perseverance was enormously enhanced as my teammates and I challenged myself to keep going up the trail. I was also taken aback by the amazing scenery. I got to have lunch on rocks high up on a cliff and watch the stars while sitting next to a creek.” Adrienne Fung is planning to study Chemical Engineering or Chemistry at Princeton University 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