The National Youth Science Foundation has extended the deadline for graduating seniors to apply to represent West Virginia at the 2011 National Youth Science Camp. The revised deadline is Friday, May 20, 2011.

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors and challenges graduating high school science students from each state; West Virginia will have up to six delegates.  Scientists from across the nation 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.  Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research.  A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities.  The NYSC experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities.  More information is available online at

Notable Alumni Include:

  • Ms. Marissa Mayer, VP of Location and Local Services, Google
  • Mr. Wesley Bush, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Mr. David Thompson, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Orbital Sciences
  • Dr. Robert Mercer, co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies Corporation

Delegates MUST be able to attend the entire NYSC program which starts on Thursday, June 30, 2011, and concludes  on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

The National Youth Science Camp is offered at NO COST to its participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status.  All educational and recreational programming, as well as meals and lodging are provided free of charge to the delegates.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011;
  • 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 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.