Ellen Zhou

ellen-zhouState/Country: Texas
Hometown: Friendswood
High School: Clear Brook HS
College Plans: Princeton University
Major: Electrical Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Knitting, Music, Reading, Running

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Ellen Zhou of Clear Brook HS from Friendswood, Texas, represented Texas as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Zhou 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.

Zhou said, “My favorite outdoor activity was hiking–hiking was fun, good exercise, I loved the real camping in the woods and being with nature.”

Zhou also included, “NYSC helps realize and appreciate beauty of nature and of the beauty within others.”

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.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
pi@nysf.com, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Ellen Zhou, from Texas, works alongside Wyoming and West Virginia delegates in a robotics directed study. Dr. Earl Scime, heading this directed study, oversees the groups in the background.