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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Mark Ulrich

Mark Ulrich

Minnesota

Hometown:
Minneapolis

High School:
Southwest High School

College Plans: Stanford University
Major: Computer Science
Professional Plans:
Interests: Cards, Chess, Reading,

Mark Ulrich, a 2010 graduate of Southwest High School from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was selected to represent Minnesota at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Ulrich 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 Ulrich, “Rather then solidifying my interest in pursuing a particular field of computer science, meeting these many noteworthy scientists has proved the importance of interdisciplinary learning of discovery to me.”  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, Ulrich said, “The overnight trips have been great bonding experience when we’re (the delegates) struggling together to find the trail or to start a fire.” Mark Ulrich is planning to study Computer Science at Stanford 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.
Executive Director
pi@nysc.org

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

Mark Ulrich

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