Hometown: Col. Copilco Universidad, Mexico City
High School: ENP. No. 6 “Antonio Caso”
College Plans: Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Professional Plans: Researcher
Interests: Crocheting, Movies, Music, Reading, Traveling, Hang out with friends and family
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Eric Sosa Jimenez of ENP. No. 6 “Antonio Caso” from Col. Copilco Universidad, Mexico City, Mexico, represented Mexico as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Sosa Jimenez 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.
Sosa Jimenez said, “Climbing was the hardest outdoor activity for me. It’s hard because you’re not supposed to use your arms and I couldn’t do that. I was only able to climb the easiest one, but it was fun trying the others.”
Sosa Jimenez also included, “My NYSC experience has changed my vision of the people of different countries. It helped me get through the stereotypes and I’m thankful for that.”
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Eric Sosa Jimenez, one of the four delegates from Mexico, concentrates on learning how to juggle. Such skills are often taught by fellow delegates during free time or seminars, as a break from the academic and physically strenuous.