Samantha Curran

samantha-curranState/Country: Oklahoma
Hometown: Oke
High School: Southmoore HS
College Plans: Austin College
Major: Biological Sciences
Professional Plans: Research Medicine

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Samantha Curran of Southmoore HS from Oke, Oklahoma, represented Oklahoma as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Curran 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.

Curran said, “My favorite part about camp is the way we all get to learn just for the fun of it! For once in our lives we aren’t being graded!”

Curran also included, “This summer I was challenged in many ways. I was challenged with being away from home, being in the middle of nowhere, being completely on my own, and of course, athletically challenged. I overcame those by developing courage and keeping faith close to my heart.”

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

A delegate from Oklahoma, Samantha Curran readies herself for a race during the camp’s own set of summer Olympics in which cabins competed for bragging rights.