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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez



High School:
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

College Plans: Illinois Institute of Technology
Major: Civil Engineering and French
Professional Plans: Civil Engineer
Interests: Reading, Sports

Maria Martinez, a 2010 graduate of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy from Oswego, Illinois, was selected to represent Illinois at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Martinez 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 Martinez, “I absolutely love the outdoor program at camp. West Virginia is completely different from Illinois and these experiences have really enhanced my love for nature. Mountain biking and climbing have allowed me to observe what nature has to offer and it is absolutely stunning. these activities also challenge me physically and have been great opportunities to establish close relationships with others. I learned this especially while rock climbing since you literally have the life of someone else in your hands. You need to have a great level of trust with that person.”  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. Maria Martinez is planning to study Civil Engineering and French at Illinois 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.
Executive Director

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

Maria Martinez

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