Scott Yu, a 2010 graduate of Montgomery Blair HS from Rockville, Maryland, was selected to represent Maryland 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, “My best experiences are all unprogrammed. The conversations while waiting for dinner, the World Cup game, a concert by Peter Mulvey. Late night discussions on overnighters, Spanish exchanges with my friend Felipe, all of these lead to an indescribable experience.” 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, “Peter Mulvey’s seminar helped inspire me to work harder as an aspiring musician and really pursue my passion for music to the fullest. Though before I considered applied math only whimsically, Dr. Allyson Wilson’s work on practical statistics encouraged me to consider it more seriously.” Scott Yu is planning to study Economics and possibly Applied Math
Musical Performance at Harvard College or Yale 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