State/Country: South Dakota
High School: West Central HS
College Plans: Gustavus Adolphus College
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professional Plans: Medical Researcher
Interests: Movies, Music, Reading, Running
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Brianna Titus of West Central HS from Hartford, South Dakota, represented South Dakota as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Titus 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.
Titus said, “My favorite part of camp was meeting so many people from all over the country and Latin America.”
Titus also included, “NYSC brings together some of the brightest minds in the U.S. and world. Here we learn more about ourselves, science, each other, and make friendships that could one day benefit the scientific community through our collaboration.”
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
Brianna Titus, from South Dakota, participates in an intense tournament under the circus tent at NYSC. Delegates from all over the country and international ones as well bring forth many new games, card and otherwise, for everyone to learn and enjoy.