High School: Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
College Plans: Yale University
Major: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Cards, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Traveling
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Charlotte Wang of Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science from Starkville, Mississippi, represented Mississippi as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Wang 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.
Wang said, “It is hard to choose my favorite part of camp, but I really enjoyed some of the lectures. I like how they represented different academic disciplines and are presented in fascinating layman terms that really opened my eyes to different ideas out there.”
Wang also included, “The amalgamation of science combined with outdoor activities and delegates from all over the country and even world makes NYSC an amazing and even life-changing experience that really exceeded my expectations.”
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
Charlotte Wang, carries her Mississippi flag during the Fourth of July flag ceremony at camp, for which every state had at least one delegate representative, and a large majority having two delegates.