State/Country: New Hampshire
High School: Salem HS
College Plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Crocheting, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Traveling, Painting (from nature watercolors to Chinese ink painting), Traveling, Languages (currently speak English, Mandarin, and French and hope to learn new languages in the future).
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Jingyuan Zhang of Salem HS from Salem, New Hampshire, represented New Hampshire as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Zhang 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.
Zhang said, “The fellow delegates, Staph* [a traditional spelling] members, and guest presenters made NYSC an amazing experience. I had never been around so many inspirational people with varied passions and diverse backgrounds. I have learned so much from the people I have met and hope to keep in touch in the future.”
Zhang also included, “NYSC is important because it stresses the importance of balance and opens our eyes to the connections between the sciences and society. NYSC is so much more than a science camp—it is an academic, environmental, and social experience that has brought us together to learn from each other and ourselves. I feel I have discovered so much about what I am capable of and feel prepared for college.”
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.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Jenny Zhang, from New Hampshire, holds up a plant sample during a botany directed study. Behind her, the white board outlines the group’s approach to scientifically exploring the properties of carnivorous plant juices.