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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Benjamin Lei

Ben Lei



High School:
Conestoga HS

College Plans: MIT or Princeton University or Stanford University
Major: Chemistry and International Relations
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Chess, Reading, Chinese Yo-Yo, Origami

Benjamin Lei, a 2010 graduate of Conestoga HS from Wayne, Pennsylvania, was selected to represent Pennsylvania at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Lei 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 Lei, “I loved hearing the experiences of all the lecturers, staff, and other delegates. A lot of the time the stories came in the form of, “I made this mistake, so please don’t do this too.””  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, Lei said, “The best part of the program was meeting all of the awesome people.” Benjamin Lei is planning to study Chemistry and International Relations at MIT or Princeton University or Stanford 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.
Executive Director

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

Benjamin Lei

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