Inessa Manuelyan, a 2010 graduate of South Burlington HS from Essex Junction, Vermont, was selected to represent Vermont at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Manuelyan 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 Manuelyan, “I was one of the lucky few in the National Youth Science Camp who got to hold an actual human brain in their hands. The feeling was indescribable. Those who donate their organs or bodies for science are truly remarkable and I have so much respect for those people. I signed my donor information on my driver’s license immediately after that directed study.” 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, Manuelyan said, “During camp we’ve met lots of researchers. I have always wanted o be a practicing doctor, but being at camp has inspired me to definitely go into research in college and beyond. My choice to go into biochemistry has been strongly reinforced by my experiences at camp.” Inessa Manuelyan is planning to study Biochemistry at University of Vermont 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