Meryl Kruskopf

meryl-kruskopfState/Country: Oregon
Hometown: Portland
High School: Grant HS
College Plans: Cornell University
Major: Environmental Engineering
Professional Plans: Environmental Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, Knitting, Running, Sportsrock Climbing, Poetry

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Meryl Kruskopf of Grant HS from Portland, Oregon, represented Oregon as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Kruskopf 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.

Kruskopf said, “Being here at NYSC has spurred a lot of amazing conversations I now have a treasure chest full of the inside view of different scientific innovations due to the lectures. I am far more confident in myself and my ideas than I ever thought I’d be.”

Kruskopf also included, “This summer I was challenged in that some lectures explored material I was not familiar with and addressed concepts I had yet to learn. These lectures allowed me the opportunity to try and really focus. I did know and piece it together. I sometimes I had to simply find the bigger message and take that instead of trying to understand the details.”

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

Meryl Kruskopf from Oregon sits next to Dr. Brian Tucholke as he teaches his geology directed study. Delegates get to explore diverse concepts such as geology and other topics they might never have had exposure to previous to NYSC.