Delon Lier

delon-lierState/Country: Utah
Hometown: West Mountain
High School: Utah County Academy of Sciences
College Plans: University of Chicago
Major: Biological Sciences
Professional Plans: International Patent Law Attorney
Interests: Cards, Gardening, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Video, Cinematography, Fencing

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Delon Lier of Utah County Academy of Sciences from West Mountain, Utah, represented Utah as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Lier 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.

Lier said, “One of the hiking trips was my favorite outdoor activity. The different fauna were simply breathtaking. You had ferns and conifers reminiscent of the Jurassic, Tussock prairies like the tundra, and magnolia jungles.”

Lier also included, “NYSC is great because we interact with budding and veteran scientist from all over the world, and learn things that many of us never had the resources or means to in school. Whether you’re from a private, charter, or public school at the NYSC we all had the same opportunities.”

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

Delon Lier, a delegate from Utah, calls out to his group during a seminar.