Cat Lok

catherine-lokState/Country: Ohio
Hometown: Upper Sandusky
High School: Upper Sandusky HS
College Plans: Miami University
Major: Biology and International Affairs
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Camping, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, volunteer

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Catherine Lok of Upper Sandusky HS from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, represented Ohio as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Lok 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.

Lok said, “My favorite part of camp was meeting the people who are literally changing the world. Not even halfway through, I had met a three-flight astronaut, two NASA leaders, a former MIT president, a lead breast cancer researcher, and many government leaders. It is these people who really inspire me.”

Lok also included, “I believe in the importance of the NYSC because it opens the minds of the delegate in not only academic ways but also challenges them ideologically, physically, and socially. I am so thankful that I was lucky enough to be chosen as the Ohio delegate.”

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

Catherine Lok, an Ohio delegate, overcomes the rockface with concentration and determination. The physical and mental challenge of such outdoor activities as rock climbing entertain a different part of delegates’ minds than academic curricula do. Both academics and physical challenges stimulate concepts of confidence and drive, though.