Patricio Astorga Jelvez

patricio-astorgajelvezState/Country: Chile
Hometown: Machalí
High School: Colegio Coya
College Plans: Universidad de Chile
Major: Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Movies, Music, ReadingJuggling clubs and riding unicycle

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Patricio Astorga Jelvez of Colegio Coya from Machalí, Chile, represented Chile as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Astorga Jelvez 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.

Astorga Jelvez said, “Dr. Nguyen’s presentation was my favorite lecture, because it wasn’t mainly about science. It was about the way we approach to science and the assumptions we make. It really was a lecture about our way of living.”

Astorga Jelvez also included, “This summer I was challenged to be in a completely different environment with people I didn’t know. The way to overcome this challenge was simple, just talking and discovering each completely different delegate.”

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

Patricio Astorga Jelvez, an international delegate representing Chile, examines a planetary model at the Udvar-Hazy Center during the camp’s highlight trip to Washington, D.C.