Erin Weatherford, a 2010 graduate of Dumas HS from Dumas, Arkansas, was selected to represent Arkansas at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Weatherford 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 Weatherford, “The best part of the National Youth Science Camp is most definitely the people - the delegates, the staff, the guests, everybody. It’s such a rare opportunity to spend a month with students from every single state and even other countries, and I’m so thankful I was even chosen as a delegate. The experiences that have been shared, the new ideas I’ve gotten, and the friends that I’ve made will hopefully last a lifetime.” 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, Weatherford said, “My time at camp and the professionals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting have sparked my interest in the more research based aspects of medicine as opposed to the clinical aspects of practicing medicine.” Erin Weatherford is planning to study Biology at Tulane 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