In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) will be an entirely virtual experience!

One hundred thirty delegates have been selected to attend the 2021 NYSCamp from across the United States and twelve Western Hemisphere nations. In a one time increase of international delegates, because of the virtual nature of the camp, we will be welcoming a total of 50 international delegates from Argentina, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The National Youth Science Foundation continues to pursue its mission to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in STEM fields, and we desire to honor delegates for their talents and accomplishments, provide them opportunities to build relationships, and challenge them in inspiring ways. The virtual camp will include a world-class lecture series, directed studies, seminars, cabin meetings, and special virtual concerts along with other surprise events. Delegates will also be encouraged to disconnect, spend time with family and friends, and safely explore the outdoors in their home communities over the weekends at camp.

Speakers and presenters have been selected from among prestigious and up-and-coming STEM professionals who are making a difference in their fields of study and are changing the world for good. At Camp we’ll explore scientific epistemologies; the vastness of space and the oceans; the microcosms of microbes and CRISPR; statistical analysis; the powerful potential of technology; electrical grids; cutting-edge neuroscience research; communicating science; and the varied possibilities of shaping STEM policy. Delegates will have many opportunities to interact and connect with one another in interactive sessions with our speakers and presenters. Even though we can’t gather in the mountains of West Virginia, the 2021 Virtual National Youth Science Camp will be an engaging, exciting, and unforgettable experience!

Public Delegate Yearbook

Lecture Series

June 28Shiva Rajagopal
Embedded Software Engineer
Google Fitbit
Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture:
Computers are Stupid (and Science Camp Saves the World)
June 29Katie Inderbitzen, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
“What’s Underneath the Underneath?” Exploring the deep seafloor and subseafloor
June 30David Lengyel, PhD
Former Chief Risk Officer
NASA Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate
The Columbia Accident: Risk Management, Decision Making, and Organizational Lessons Learned
July 1Scott Boyle, PhD
Vice President of Business and Corporate Development
Forma Therapeutics
Science the S#!T out of your career
July 2Kennan Salinero, PhD
Executive Director
ReImagine Science
Science – Where is the Wilderness?
July 5Hershel “Woody” Williams
Medal of Honor Recipient, WWII, USMC (Ret.) & Chairman Emeritus
The Woody Williams Foundation
Freedom Demands Service and Sacrifice
July 6Enrique Lin Shiao, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Doudna Lab at the University of California Berkeley
From making DNA smileys to improving CRISPR applications
July 7Eric Macbeth
Project Director
Freeport LNG
Electrical Grids for the 21st Century
July 8Kara Tinker, PhD
Research Scientist
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Run the World (Microbes): Technologies, Applications, and Emerging Research in Microbial Ecology
July 9Alyson Wilson, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for National Security and Special Research Initiatives
Office of Research and Innovation, North Carolina State University
Data, Statistics, and Big Science
July 12Michelle Amos
Former Systems Engineer
NASA, Kennedy Space Center
NASA Engineering to Benefit Life on Earth
July 13Alison Barker, PhD
Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
Notes from underground: Lessons in cooperation and communication from the naked mole-rat
July 14Josh Shiode, PhD
Federal Affairs Director
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
AAAS Science Policy Panel Discussion
July 15Radha Ganesan & Lydia Franco
Assistant Professors of Practice
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Communication is Key!
July 16David Hackleman, PhD
Retired Linus Pauling Chair of Chemical Engineering
Oregon State University
How to have fun at a company inventing things needed on a schedule
July 19Karla-Louise Herpoldt, PhD
Avoid Boring People.* Live lessons Learnt in the Laboratory
July 20Emily Serazin
Boston Consulting Group
Getting Vaccines Around the World

Press About National Youth Science Camp

National Youth Science Camp Will Stay Virtual This Year WVMetroNews

Shiva Rajagopal to Speak at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp’s Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture NYSF

National Youth Science Camp kicks off another virtual program due to COVID-19 WVMetroNews July 5, 2021

National Youth Science Camp welcomes 59th delegation virtually NYSF July 14, 2021


This year’s delegation included an unprecedented one-time increase to fifty international delegates made possible by a generous contribution and cooperation from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The camp was also made possible through generous contributions from the State of West Virginia, Northrup Grumman, the Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation, the Daywood Foundation, and NYSCamp alumni and friends.