Divya Seth, a 2010 graduate of Brighton High School from Rochester, New York, was selected to represent New York at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Seth 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 Seth, “Before camp, I had never gone camping overnight or even real hiking. The first overnighter I experienced ended up being a fourteen mile hike. After we reached the High Falls, I was blown away by the picturesque beauty of the area and I was so proud of myself for being able to do the hike, with such a heavy pack on my back. Overnighters helped me t get to know my fellow delegates better. I appreciate the wonders of nature and gain self-confidence.” 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, Seth said, “I loved meeting new people from all over the world and across the country because it helped me to learn about different lives than my own and expand my horizons.” Divya Seth is planning to study Neurobiology/history at Harvard University 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