Each year two seniors are selected from each state to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). NYSC is a residential STEM program, designed to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising STEM leaders. At the NYSCamp, STEM professionals present lectures and lead small-group directed studies on a broad array of STEM topics; some delegates are able to conduct research at the nearby Green Bank Observatory. The NYSCamp experience also features excursions into the Monongahela National Forest including backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking.
Delegates are required to participate in the NYSCamp program for its entirety; the fast-paced activities and remote location simply make travel to and from the NYSCamp very difficult. The NYSCamp is offered to selected participants at NO COST, so that talented students may attend regardless of their financial ability – transportation included. This all-expense paid experience is open to students graduating between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Additionally, students must:
- have documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences.
- have documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities.
- have documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.
- demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
- intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics-related field.
- be willing and able to participate in the entire NYSCamp program. The 2020 NYSCamp dates are June 22 – July 15, 2020.
Students will apply online by completing the application found at http://apply.nyscamp.org. The deadline to submit applications is 6:00 PM EST on February 28, 2020.