Peter Ericksen

peter-ericksenState/Country: Illinois
Hometown: Wheaton
High School: Wheaton Warrenville South HS
College Plans: Cornell University
Major: Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Peter Ericksen of Wheaton Warrenville South HS from Wheaton, Illinois, represented Illinois as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Ericksen 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.

Ericksen said, “My favorite part of camp were the lectures. The guests are all wonderfully energetic, and with two lectures most days they cover a wide range of topics and always present in such a way that everyone can take something away even if it doesn’t directly relate to their scientific interests.”

Ericksen also included, “At NYSC I learned to relax myself some and focus on the current day and I became more open to new experiences as each day brought new opportunities for firsts.”

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

Peter Ericksen, from Illinois, follows Dr. Tom Fleming’s demonstration on how to fold his paper during his directed study on origami and its mathematical implications and intricacies. Delegates split up into small directed studies to learn and work under the direction of professionals such as Dr. Fleming.