Peter Ku

peter-kuState/Country: New Jersey
Hometown: Princeton Junction
High School: West Windsor – Plainsboro High School South
College Plans: Harvard University
Major: Physics
Professional Plans: Research Professor
Interests: Cards, Sports

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Peter Ku of West Windsor – Plainsboro High School South from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, represented New Jersey as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Ku 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.

Ku said, “Other than the activities above, my favorite part of camp is learning and experiencing so many new things every day. Whether through a lecture, directed study, seminar, going on an overnighter, striking up conversations with new delegates at meals, or making new mistakes, I seem to find out new things about the world and myself each day.”

Ku also included, “My NYSC experience has taught me some science, but more importantly it taught me life lessons like how to become one of those scientists like the presenters, how to appreciate life, nature, the things I have, and how to work with people from many diverse backgrounds and learn from the difficulties.”

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 Ku, from New Jersey, enjoys his time being challenged by the rockface’s physical formidability as well as the mental challenges posed within each climber to arrive to the summit. Such lessons in building confidence and confronting challenges are experienced at NYSC through both academic and physical activities.