Tongji Li, a 2010 graduate of Hershey HS from Hershey, Pennsylvania, was selected to represent Pennsylvania at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Li 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 Li, “I feel camp reinforced my interest in medicine and math. Allan Daly’s passion for helping those with medical needs in the Solomon Islands and even bringing doctors with him was inspiring. Also, in my first directed study with Tom Fleming taught us to incorporate math with origami and brought math into 3D examples.” 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, Li said, “I was able to experience rock climbing and kayaking with my fellow delegates. We had lots of fun learning to do these activities as well as laughing at each other when we manage to paddle ourselves in circles.” Tongji Li is planning to study Astronautic & Aerospace Engineering
Premed at Massachussets 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