Recognition Programs

National Youth Science Camp Program

The National Youth Science Camp is a three-week long residential science education program that honors and challenges the two most promising high school science students from each state. Scientists from across the nation who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. They also may present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. The delegates visit Washington D.C. to take advantage of some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities. The four-week experience includes three overnight expeditions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, or kayaking opportunities. Delegates are required to participate in the camp program for its entirety as the fast-paced activities in the remote location make coming and going very difficult.

Location:

The camp will be held in the Monongahela National Forest near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.

Dates:

Delegates MUST be able to attend the entire NYSC program. Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, and depart on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Cost:

The National Youth Science Foundation funds the National Youth Science Camp. It is offered at NO COST to its participants, so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge to the delegates.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Must be candidates for high school graduation between July1, 2012 and June 30, 2013;
  • Should intend to pursue a profession oriented toward science, mathematics, engineering, or medicine;
  • Must demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;
  • Must demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities;
  • Must demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits; and
  • Must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.

Application Items:

Please download the generic application packet here:

 

A complete application consists of an original and one copy of the following:

  • Delegate Application Cover Sheet
  • A letter detailing your qualifications and reasons for applying (must be typed)
  • A resume
  • A recent academic transcript includes cumulative GPA, and PSAT, SAT and/or ACT test scores;
  • A signed letter of support from a teacher or research mentor

 

Completed applications must be received no later than February 15, 2013. Using the US Postal Service, mail your completed application packet to:

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
ATTN: Bjorn Wolter, NYSC State Coordinator
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Timeline:

  • Applications received by February 15, 2013
  • Camp dates - June 26 - July 20, 2013

Questions:

For answers to question about the application and delegate selection process, please contact Bjorn Wolter, Alaska’s state selection coordinator, by telephone at (907) 465-6542 or by e-mail at bjorn.wolter@alaska.gov.

For answers to questions about the National Youth Science Foundation or the National Youth Science Camp, please contact Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D., by telephone at (304) 342-3326 or by e-mail at Andrew.Blackwood@nysf.com