Savannah Dewberry

lauren-dewberryState/Country: Alabama
Hometown: Huntsville
High School: Huntsville HS
College Plans: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Professional Plans: Research physician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Lauren Dewberry of Huntsville HS from Huntsville, Alabama, represented Alabama as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Dewberry 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.

Dewberry said, “The memory of sleeping out on a rocky overhang underneath the starts with the wind whipping past at the North Fork campsite will always be with me as beautiful and fun.”

Dewberry also included, “I often find myself hiding or allowing others to speak for me when meeting strangers, and it was an interesting experience to both realize I was being antisocial and force myself to talk to people. It wasn’t as hard as I expected.”

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

Savannah Dewberry, a delegate from Alabama, peers into the glow emanating from a cloud chamber, an apparatus used in this seminar to detect alpha particles.