Burgandy Roberts

burgandy-robertsState/Country: Nebraska
Hometown: Wayne
High School: Wayne HS
College Plans: South Dakota State University
Major: Microbiology
Professional Plans: Researcher
Interests: Cards, Movies, Music, Photography

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Burgandy Roberts of Wayne HS from Wayne, Nebraska, represented Nebraska as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Roberts 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.

Roberts said, “My favorite outdoor activity this summer was kayaking—it was challenging and forced me to overcome my fear.”

Roberts also included, “I had to step out of my comfort zone and meet new people and take on new challenges I would have never done before attending.”

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.


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

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

Burgandy Roberts, from Nebraska, paints on her T-shirt for her screen printing directed study. Here, students drew their own designs and then placed them on their shirts.