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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Diego Gonzalez

Diego Gonzalez


La Union, Regioni de los Rios

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Diego Gonzalez, a 2010 graduate of from La Union, Regioni de los Rios, Chile, was selected to represent Chile at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Gonzalez 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 Gonzalez, “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to study medicine, but the lectures and the different doctors I have met have encouraged me to continue studying biology. I am not sure I want to be a doctor when I finally grow up.”  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, Gonzalez said, “The best experience at camp has been getting to know people from all over the world because it allows me to share my experiences and knowledge, as well as learn from a lot of different cultures.”

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.
Executive Director

National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax

Diego Gonzalez

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