Nancy Lu, a 2010 graduate of Seminole HS from New Orleans, Louisiana, was selected to represent Louisiana at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Lu 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 Lu, “I’ve never been an outdoorsy person, but I had so much fun white-water kayaking and frolicking in the fields. I really believe the outdoor program helped enhance the community feel, especially the overnighters. There is no better bonding experience than stumbling your way up a mountain together; no shavers or food besides stew and peanut butter.” 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, Lu said, “Allan Daly’s lecture on his efforts with the Morovo Medical Clinic in the Solomon Islands inspired me to consider options outside of the medical field, ironically. I found myself more interested in the possibility of funding similar projects than the clinical aspects of his projects and now have decided to leave my options open. ” Nancy Lu is planning to study Chemical or Biomedical Engineering and Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Harvard University (if I get accepted off of the waitlist) 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