Catalina Moll Elgueta

catalina-mollelguetaState/Country: Chile
Hometown: Los Angeles
High School: Liceo Aleman del Verbo Divino Los Angeles
College Plans: Universidad Catolica de Chile
Major: Biochemistry
Professional Plans: Researcher
Interests: Hiking, Movies, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, TravelingCooking

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Catalina Moll Elgueta of Liceo Aleman del Verbo Divino Los Angeles from Los Angeles, Chile, represented Chile as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Moll Elgueta 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.

Moll Elgueta said, “I think caving was the hardest outdoor activity because in the cave I had a panic attack but I had to keep going and actually it was a lot of fun.”

Moll Elgueta also included, “I think this experience made me a better person because I met a lot of smart and really nice people who have inspired me to do good things and to do big things with my life.”

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

Catalina Moll Elgueta, a delegate from Chile, expresses her patriotism through a screen printing directed study. Directed studies are not constrained to purely academic areas, but extend to outdoor and artistic activities.