Mauricio Bustamante

mauricio-bustamanteState/Country: Ecuador
Hometown: Quito
High School: Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Reading, Sports, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Mauricio Bustamante of Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito from Quito, Ecuador, represented Ecuador as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Bustamante 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.

Bustamante said, “Being at the NYSC has expanded my career horizons to think about dedicating my life to different sciences and be useful to society.”

Bustamante also included, “The NYSC was the first time I had to be part of a totally new social group. Overcoming that challenge was facilitated by being outgoing and the friendliness of the group.”

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

Mauricio Bustamante, along with Juan Salazar, proudly display their Bolivian flag as their national anthem plays over the PA system in the morning’s flag raising ceremony. International delegates are given the opportunity to sign up to do this, both to display their patriotism for their country as well as expose U.S. delegates to such international displays.