High School: Utah County Academy of Sciences
College Plans: Brigham Young University
Major: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Professional Plans: Medical Researcher
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Reading, Sports
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Andrew Earl of Utah County Academy of Sciences from Orem, Utah, represented Utah as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Earl 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.
Earl said, “Allan Daly was my favorite lecturer. He showed how we can use science to make a difference. He also showed how an ordinary person can change the world.”
Earl also included, “NYSC is important as it helps cultivate motivation, interest, and responsibility in the sciences.”
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
Andrew Earl, from Utah, works in the natural science building during a directed study exploring the structural aspects of biological molecules, which those circles represent.