Connor Bowley

connor-bowleyState/Country: North Dakota
Hometown: Minot AFB
High School: Minot HS
College Plans: University of North Dakota
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Connor Bowley of Minot HS from Minot AFB, North Dakota, represented North Dakota as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Bowley 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.

Bowley said, “This summer I was challenged in that I did not always understand what was going on in all the lectures, specifically the biology ones. To overcome this, I paid attention and asked questions to the lecturers and other delegates.”

Bowley also included, “NYSC is important because brings together all sorts of people that are very different but share a common interest in science.”

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

Intently focused on soldering radio equipment, Connor Bowley participates in a directed study exploring the nuts and bolts of radio and radio technology.