Madeline Vandevender, a 2010 graduate of Greenbrier East HS from Smoot, West Virginia, was selected to represent West Virginia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Vandevender 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 Vandevender, “The best experience I have had at camp so far has been the camp itself - the process of meeting and becoming friends with people form across the country and from around the state has been truly rewarding. The friendships I have mad have allowed me to gain a better understanding of the world.” 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, Vandevender said, “Vladi Chalopka’s directed study “From Bach to Einstein and Beyond” expanded my understanding of the universe showing that me fractals, figures, and physics have more in common than I ever thought possible. Professor Chalopka himself is an inspiration because he is living proof that a person can pursue more than one interest in life. He showed me that it is possible to combine all of my education passions and to succeed in doing so.” Madeline Vandevender is planning to study Chemistry at West Virginia 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