Melanie Maurer

melanie-maurerState/Country: Illinois
Hometown: Spring Grove
High School: Richmond-Burton Community HS
College Plans: University of Texas at Dallas
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Business
Professional Plans: Biomedical Engineer
Interests: Music, Running, Traveling, Dance, Model Rocketry

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Melanie Maurer of Richmond-Burton Community HS from Spring Grove, Illinois, represented Illinois as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Maurer 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.

Maurer said, “My favorite activity was rock climbing because in addition to being a physical challenge, it was a mental challenge.”

Maurer also included, “I think NYSC is important because it exposes us to new branches of science, engineering, and mathematics while at the same time giving us a new appreciation for nature.”

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

Melanie Maurer, from Illinois, leads a seminar for an audience of interested delegates. After experiencing lectures and directed studies from top-flight professionals, it is useful for delegates to try their hand at teaching and presenting their projects.