Rishabh Jain, a 2010 graduate of Henrico HS from Glen Allen, Virginia, was selected to represent Virginia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Jain 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 Jain, “I came to camp to further my passion and understanding for science. Not only have I been able to say confidentially that I will pursue a career in the field of science in college, but I have also decided to pursue a medical track in my undergraduate years. Seeing so many successful staff members and alumni of the National Youth Science Camp has shown me that I can reach any career goal I desire. I particularly enjoyed medical school chats with guests because they all enabled me to develop a timeline with specific courses I need to take as well as elective courses I can take in college. I have also developed an interest in the arts such as salsa dance.” 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, Jain said, “The lecture that has impacted me the most has been “Why Things Falls Apart” by Dr. Mac Louthan. Ironically, as a University of Virginia prospectus, a Virginia Tech alumnus’ speech on failure has greatly influenced me. Aside from the many examples of failure Dr. Louthan associated in jest with my school, his lecture taught me that it is okay to encounter failure in my life. It is all part of the process of growing up and living my own life.” Rishabh Jain is planning to study Biology at University of Virginia 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