Beth Bollinger

elizabeth-bollingerState/Country: Kentucky
Hometown: Lexington
High School: Lafayette Senior HS
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Research professor
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Hiking, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Sailing / water activities

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Elizabeth Bollinger of Lafayette Senior HS from Lexington, Kentucky, represented Kentucky as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Bollinger 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.

Bollinger said, “Definitely being sick on my first overnight backpacking trip was difficult. Instead of focusing on my stomach bug, I focused on the great conversations I had, about politics in different countries, interesting murder mysteries, and the science of vocal resonance. My friends kept my mood and energy up!”

Bollinger also included, “Every time I showed enthusiasm, people would scorn me and tell me to grow up and be more serious. NYSC shares my value for adventure, well-roundedness, and energy all the time!”

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

Elizabeth Bollinger, from Kentucky, shares with a Georgia delegate a peek into a cloud chamber in search of signs of alpha particles during a directed study.