Stephanie Sialer

stephanie-sialergomezState/Country: Peru
Hometown: Chiclayo
High School: I.E Augusto Salazar Bondy
College Plans: Pedro Ruiz Gallo State University
Major: Civil Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Knitting, Dancing, Sewing, Singing, Handcrafts, Healthcare

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Stephanie Sialer Gomez of I.E Augusto Salazar Bondy from Chiclayo, Peru, represented Peru as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Sialer Gomez 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.

Sialer Gomez said, “I will always remember coming to camp, meeting new people, going on outdoor trips, and seeing the mountains of West Virginia.”

Sialer Gomez also included, “NYSC has helped me to meet all kinds of new people and to learn more about the different types of science.”

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

Cristell Sialer Gomez sings her national anthem while saluting her Peruvian flag in the morning. Delegates can sign up to raise their state’s or country’s flag in the morning, accompanied by the national anthem of that country.