Russell Burton

russell-burtonState/Country: Wisconsin
Hometown: Neenah
High School: Neenah HS
College Plans: Princeton University
Major: Physics
Professional Plans: Research Scientist or Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Music, Reading, Sports

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Russell Burton of Neenah HS from Neenah, Wisconsin, represented Wisconsin as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Burton 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.

Burton said, “This camp has helped me re-ignite my love for learning and innovation. Seeing a seventy year old man trying to design a new method of synthesizing plant oil in his free time was very inspiring for me.”

Burton also included, “The NYSC allows its delegates to relearn why they love science by challenging them with issues, illustrated by brilliant scientists. This camp challenges delegates through outdoor activities as well, encouraging delegates to push themselves to the limits of their comfort zones.”

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

Russell Burton, a Wisconsin delegate, carefully tends to the fire during an overnight trip. Delegates who choose overnight camping trips gain access to a unique experience of actual camping in a lush West Virginia environment, from the varied hiking paths offered.