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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Jonathan Pham

Jonathan Pham



High School:
Howard HS

College Plans: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Professional Plans: Biomedical Engineer
Interests: Hiking, Running, Fishing, Canoeing, Creating experiments for the Science Fun Fair.

Jonathan Pham, a 2010 graduate of Howard HS from Macon, Georgia, was selected to represent Georgia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Pham 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 Pham, “After hiking up North Fork the view was amazing. Seeing a whole town at night. Seeing every car that was driving by their headlights. Seeing the villagers have a party. Seeing the stars. It was all simply breathtaking. ”  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, Pham said, “Mr. Allan Daly’s lecture on solar power, tropical medicine, and international intrigue was my personal favorite. His combination of humor, passion, and insight on the third world made me realize how lucky I am and how much the world needs my help.” Jonathan Pham is planning to study Biomedical Engineering at Georgia 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

Jonathan Pham

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