Nhi Ho of Santa Monica High School was selected to represent California as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp.

Ho, who plans to attend Harvard University and major in biomedical engineering, will join 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year, officials with the camp said Wednesday.

The camp, located in the rustic 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 will include: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy and energy sustainability.

Throughout camp, a directed study series will provide extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields, camp officials said. Delegates will have 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 will explore their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from seminars ranging from ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation.

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