CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Amalya Megerman of Teaneck HS from Teaneck, New Jersey, represented New Jersey as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Megerman 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.
Megerman said, “My favorite outdoor activity was a hike, my first overnighter. It was my first backpacking experience, and it was a great way to get to know some of the other delegates.”
Megerman also included, “NYSC plays a critical role in exposing bright high school students to exciting areas of science that may hold promising career opportunities. Without NYSC, I may never have thought about looking into cybersecurity as a career option, or learned how I could combine computer science and cognitive science in a career.”
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Amalya Megerman, a delegate from New Jersey, focuses on a plant specimen for a botany directed study exploring the properties and nature of juice contained within a carnivorous plant.