Lan Van, 18, is spending part of her summer vacation in school before she enters Bryn Mawr College this fall.
Van, who graduated in June as valedictorian of her class at Penn Wood High School, was one of six Pennsylvania high school students to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's High School Honors Workshop. Across the country, 312 students were selected, according to Jeff Sherwood, spokesman for the Energy Department.
Van has been at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee since July 10. She will be taking part in field studies in environmental science until Saturday.