Stephanie Ku, a 2010 graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South from Princeton Jct, New Jersey, was selected to represent New Jersey at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Ku 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 Ku, “I will always treasure the night I had the privilege to fall asleep by a national river among new friends with nothing but time and space between me and the Milky Way. I realized the ability of my mind to overcome physical fatigue and conquer a real rock face after grappling with it, suspended in the treetops for nearly an hour, It was an incredible rush.” 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, Ku said, “Through his lecture on solar power, tropical medicine, and international interests, Allan Daly showed me that what begins as a realization of a personal dream can evolve into a transformation of millions of lives. Passion is infectious and powerful beyond the bounds of formal training. I’ll never forget what he told us; “Don’t turn your back on those in need. You never know whose life you will change for the better, including your own.”” Stephanie Ku is planning to study Brain and Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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