Angela Hui, a 2010 graduate of Dover HS from Dover, Delaware, was selected to represent Delaware at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Hui 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 Hui, “The outdoor program was one of the most fulfilling parts of camp. It challenged me to try new things and push myself to new levels. I especially enjoyed the overnighters during which I enjoyed the beautiful West Virginia landscape and strengthened my relationship with others at the same time.” 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, Hui said, “The best experience of camp was listening to the artist Peter Mulvey sing around the campfire circle. His music made the air come alive. All of a sudden, the surrounding forest and mountains became much more beautiful. It was a magical experience that illustrated the power of music on the mind.” Angela Hui is planning to study Biology at Yale 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