Marissa Stephens

marissa-stephensState/Country: Indiana
Hometown: Indianapolis
High School: North Central HS
College Plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Camping, Cards, Hiking, Running, Sports, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Marissa Stephens of North Central HS from Indianapolis, Indiana, represented Indiana as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Stephens 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.

Stephens said, “This summer I was challenged mentally, where I had a fun time learning through directed studies. Socially, I tried to meet almost all 120 delegates.”

Stephens also included, “The NYSC is important to promote STEM fields and collaboration between scientists is also essential. I am so glad I’ve been privileged to attend this camp and hope I’ll be able to give back everything I’ve been lucky enough to receive here to the next generation.”

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

Marissa Stephens, a delegate from Indiana, works alongside Georgia’s Thomas Hannah, in designing apps in their directed study. Real world problems are brought forth in directed studies, and more importantly, real potential solutions are discussed, offered by professionals leading the directed study and asked of students.