High School: Deering HS
College Plans: Colby College
Major: Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Movies, Sports, Traveling, Video
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Wei Feng Ma of Deering HS from Portland, Maine, represented Maine as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Ma 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.
Ma said, “NYSC made me realize that I took what I had for granted–cars, internet, cell phones, etc. But more importantly, after I got past the initial transition, I realized that I can do more without the internet distracting me–I made more friends and had a blast at camp.”
Ma also included, “NYSC is important because students like me never get to experience the beauty of outdoors and are usually stuck indoors with their computers. At camp I meet people from all over the world. It’s a chance of a lifetime.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com. Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Weifeng Ma, one of the delegates from Maine, enjoys some free time on the camp’s field. Leisure time is encouraged as a time to reflect on all the camp experiences as well as prime opportunity to meet new people and strengthen previously founded friendships.