Seth Grundstad, a 2010 graduate of Williston High School from Williston, North Dakota, was selected to represent North Dakota at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Grundstad 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 Grundstad, “My time at camp has made me think twice about my selected major. This is due to all the brilliant lecturers whom I have had the privilege of listening to. They have opened my mind to all of the different areas that science has to offer.” 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, Grundstad said, “The outdoor program at camp has greatly allowed me to experience all the wilderness has to offer. My favorite experience involved kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and caving.” Seth Grundstad is planning to study Mechanical Engineering and German at University of North Dakota 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