Israel Nunez

israel-nunezState/Country: District of Columbia
Hometown: Washington
High School: Capital City PCS
College Plans: Shepherd University
Major: Chemistry
Professional Plans: Toxicologist
Interests: Chess, Music, Reading, Sports, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Israel Nunez of Capital City PCS from Washington, District of Columbia, represented District of Columbia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Nunez 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.

Nunez said, “Thanks to all the lectures and directed studies, I have been exposed to fields of science that I’ve never even heard of, thus changing the way I think about science.”

Nunez also included, “I was challenged to live in a completely different environment, with strangers. I overcame this challenge by making friends, and enjoying being surrounded by trees.”

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

Israel Nunez, delegate from District of Columbia, works alongside Meryl Kruskopf from Oregon in a unique directed study in which failure was analyzed from an engineering perspective, but simultaneously served as an metaphor to many life’s failures and sources of potential failure these young adults are sure to encounter at some point.