Shirley Mo

shirley-moState/Country: Pennsylvania
Hometown: Trace Johns Creek
High School: Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
College Plans: Harvard University
Major: Applied Math with Application in Genomics
Professional Plans: Research Physician
Interests: Cards, Movies, Music, Reading, Sports, Traveling, Sleeping, Outdoor beach volleyball, Fishing, Shopping, figuring out nifty math problems

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Shirley Mo of Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy from Trace Johns Creek, Pennsylvania, represented Pennsylvania as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Mo 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.

Mo said, “This summer I was challenged to study and learn about a diverse array of topics from weather patterns to systems thinking. It was also difficult to live without any technology such as internet and cell phones. However, looking back, I’m really grateful to have had the chance to attend NYSC. It has taught me to slow down and truly enjoy life to the fullest extent.”

Mo also included, “NYSC not only brings together a group of brilliant kids with similar love for science, but also creates a fun, quirky, caring environment where we learn to appreciate nature.”

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

Shirley Mo, a Pennsylvania delegate, focuses on sketching a plan for her screen printing directed study. Afterwards, she placed her design on a T-shirt.