Sumana Veeravelli, a 2010 graduate of Desert Vista HS from Phoenix, Arizona, was selected to represent Arizona at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Veeravelli 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 Veeravelli, “Celebrating the Fourth of July with the delegates from across the United States )and several international students) was such a unique experience. We all shared our perspectives on the meaning of the holiday and celebrated American Independence in a beautiful outdoor setting.” 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, Veeravelli said, “I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn new things like kayaking in rapids and mountain biking. The outdoors of West Virginia is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The overnight camping trips, while sometimes challenging, were fun opportunities to learn more about the other delegates and camp staff.” Sumana Veeravelli is planning to study Biomedical Engineering at University of Arizona 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