Shawn Albert

shawn-albertState/Country: Georgia
Hometown: Snellville
High School: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
College Plans: Vanderbilt University
Major: Chemistry and Biology
Professional Plans: Physician or Public Health Administrator
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Shawn Albert of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology from Snellville, Georgia, represented Georgia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Albert 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.

Albert said, “Rock climbing was the hardest outdoor activity for me—I am not a very coordinated person. I got through it by never giving up; just one foot after the other.”

Albert also included, “As I leave high school, NYSC has been my bridge to college. Like college, I am introduced to a realm of strangers in an unfamiliar setting. Like college, NYSC has opportunities never presented to me before. But unlike college, NYSC is one of a kind. To meet delegates from across the nation who are as passionate about science as me? Incredible.”

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

Shawn Albert from Georgia pays close attention to his notes during a directed study. No exams are administered, so learning is emphasized as an exercise in mental growth, not for the aim of a grade or score.