Laura Kostad

laura-kostadState/Country: Washington
Hometown: Orting
High School: Orting HS
College Plans: University of Washington
Major: Chemistry
Professional Plans: Interventional Radiologist
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, VideoSnowboarding, Playing golf recreationally, Writing, Learning Piano, Learning About Sustainable Living

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Laura Kostad of Orting HS from Orting, Washington, represented Washington as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Kostad 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.

Kostad said, “My favorite outdoor activity was kayaking because I faced my fear of being on rapids and conquered it by participating.”

Kostad also included, “NYSC is important because it gives incoming college students the opportunity to explore other STEM fields aside from the subject that they are planning to pursue. I feel that this reduces the chances of later wanting to change majors, potentially prolonging how long it takes to obtain a first degree.”

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

Laura Kostad, from Washington, signals toward her presentation during her seminar. Delegates are given a chance to present their own projects to their peers.