State/Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Hometown: Frederick Settlement, Caroni
High School: Queen’s Royal College
College Plans: Undecided
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Music, Photography, Running, Sports, Video, Freerunning, Breakdancing
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Jivan Raghoo of Queen’s Royal College from Frederick Settlement, Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago, represented Trinidad and Tobago as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Raghoo 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.
Raghoo said, “The hardest outdoor activity for me this summer was mountain biking, riding up those inclines killed my thighs. I just did not want to be last and that pushed me to finish it off.”
Raghoo also included, “NYSC is important because it combines the great outdoors with the more indoor science and it is a great place to meet so many people.”
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
Jivan Raghoo, one of the delegates from Trinidad and Tobago, works on a camp laptop during a directed study exploring the intricacies of privacy within social networks.