Hometown: San Antonio
High School: Brandeis HS
College Plans: Duke University
Professional Plans: Physician-Scientist
Interests: Biking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Video, Science of course
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Ouwen Huang of Brandeis HS from San Antonio, Texas, represented Texas as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Huang 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.
Huang said, “Kayaking was amazing. It gave me a chance to experience something I will probably never get to do for a long time. Even though I flipped three times on the rapids, the experience was epic. At night, sleeping under the stars with little light pollution was also amazing.”
Huang also included, “I must say that living without any cell phone reception in the radio quiet zone was a challenge. At the same time though, it has allowed me to be closer to the people physically around me.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com. Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Ouwen Huang, a delegate from Texas, works intently in a directed study.