Hometown: St. Rose
High School: Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts
College Plans: Tulane University
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Running, Sports, Traveling
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Aksheta Jain of Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts from St. Rose, Louisiana, represented Louisiana as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Jain joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, 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, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. 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 explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.
Jain said, “Allan Daly’s presentation was my favorite lecture, because in addition to sticking to the theme of science, he brought awareness about some things that can be fixed by science, and delivered some very inspiring words.”
Jain also included, “I think the best thing NYSC did was motivate the future leaders of science by introducing us to people who really did make it. Our goals are beginning to feel tangible as opposed to being a dream.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com. Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Aksheta Jain, along with Arden Wells, proudly carry their Louisiana flag during the camp’s morning flag ceremony on the Fourth of July. Appreciation for diversity during camp is also coupled with a recognition and appreciation for the most familiar, which tends to be what people will take most for granted.