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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Heather McKibben

Heather McKibben

West Virginia


High School:
Bridgeport HS

College Plans: Brigham Young University, Provo
Major: Biophysics
Professional Plans: Research Physician
Interests: Knitting, Movies, Music, Reading, Traveling, Writing

Heather McKibben, a 2010 graduate of Bridgeport HS from Bridgeport, West Virginia, was selected to represent West Virginia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. McKibben 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 McKibben, “Coming to camp made my decision to study the life sciences instead of all the physical sciences more firm. I went to many different seminars and lectures that have broadened my view of some things while strengthening my conviction of other things.”  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, McKibben said, “During the overnighters, I got to know other delegates and staff. I had never really camped so it was an eye opening view of my state.” Heather McKibben is planning to study Biophysics at Brigham Young University, Provo 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

Heather McKibben

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