Kiet Phun, a 2010 graduate of Lincoln High School from Lincoln, Nebraska, was selected to represent Nebraska at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Phun 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 Phun, “The lecture “How to Duplicate a Gold Bullion” blew my mind. I was lost in Dr. “Zoon” Nguyen’s intelligence as he carried us through a mathematical paradox. I didn’t understand it, but I could tell he was demonstrating a problem that has solutions that can be applied to real life problems. He instilled in me a curiosity to venture into mathematics.” 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, Phun said, “I was going to major in economics and mathematics, but my experiences have motivated me to explore Chinese and computer science/programing. They are crucial in the future and it would be beneficial for me as a college graduate who is looking for a job.” Kiet Phun is planning to attend Vassar College 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