Hometown: Tijuana, Baja California
High School: Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) Universidad
College Plans: Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON)
Major: Environmental Sciences
Professional Plans: Environmental Scientist
Interests: Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Video, Painting
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Patricia Villalobos Lechuga of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) Universidad from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, represented Mexico as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Villalobos Lechuga 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.
Villalobos Lechuga said, “I am not a very social person so my challenge was to meet people, putting aside the differences and language barriers. Getting to know someone and letting someone get to know me was really hard, and I don’t like small talk, I think it’s fake, but I learned that’s the only way to ever get to talk to so many people.”
Villalobos Lechuga also included, “The NYSC challenges us, it makes us observe and think about what is done in the world and what is left to do. It makes us realize how important actions of humans really are, no matter what part of the Earth we are, no matter the day and age we are at.”
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Patricia Villalobos Lechuga, one of the four delegates from Mexico, strums a guitar on a grassy hilltop, enjoying a pleasant West Virginia afternoon. Music, along with academic and physical growth, is emphasized at camp for all willing to delve into their existing talents or discover a new set of talents.