Andrew Maloney

andrew-maloneyState/Country: West Virginia
Hometown: Morgantown
High School: Morgantown HS
College Plans: West Virginia University
Major: Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Professional Plans: Nanotechnology and Alzheimer’s Research
Interests: Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Sports, VideoPlaying Tennis

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Andrew Maloney of Morgantown HS from Morgantown, West Virginia, represented West Virginia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Maloney 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.

Maloney said, “The hardest outdoor activity for me was biking. I had not ridden in years and I never learned how to ride until fifth grade. It was hard and I went slowly, but I just kept going until we were there. I may have been the slowest, but I ended up finishing it. It was rewarding.”

Maloney also included, “At camp, I was challenged to be surprised and also challenged physically. The physical challenges included biking, hiking, caving, and rock climbing. They were hard but a lot of fun. I worked through them because I wanted to show myself that I could. I was also challenged mentally through the many directed studies and seminars.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Andrew Maloney of West Virginia prepares his rope knots and himself mentally before confronting the rockface behind him. Climbing presents a dual challenge for delegates–one of the mind, whether in fear or intimidation of heights, and one of physical fatigue as the climb taxes muscles and calls for proper climbing technique.