Lola Yu, a 2010 graduate of Somerville HS from Somerville, Massachusetts, was selected to represent Massachusetts at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Yu 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 Yu, “Dr. “Zoon” Nguyen’s lecture on “How to Duplicate a Gold Bullion” made a huge impact on me. I have never been so mesmerized by a subject which I was not interested in. I was moved by his intelligence, eloquence, and humor. But what really drew me in was his skill in reasoning. He made an unthinkable, complex matter seem so simple that it made me feel like anything is possible.” 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, Yu said, “The myriad branches of science that the National Youth Science Camp touches on through the many lectures, seminars, and directed studies have opened my mind to more than just biology. They have given us an undying curiosity that will continue to drive us for the rest of our lives.” Lola Yu is planning to study Moleceular Biology at Tufts 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