National Youth Science Camp 2018
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors and challenges high school science students from the United States and from selected countries around the world. 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. Delegates are required to participate in the camp program for its entirety, as the fast-paced activities and remote location make travel to and from the NYSC very difficult. More information is available online at Some of the information and requirements for international students differ from the NYSC process. CHILEAN APPLICANTS SHOULD REFER TO THE INFORMATION BELOW.

LOCATION: The NYSC 2018 will be held in “Camp Pocohontas” in the Monongahela National Forest in eastern West Virginia, near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

DATES: Delegates MUST be able to attend the entire NYSC program, June 27 through July 21. Delegates depart Santiago for Charleston, West Virginia on June 26 and arrive back in Santiago on July 22.

COST: The U.S. Embassy/Department of State will cover costs for all educational and recreational programming, as well as lodging, meals, and transportation within the United States, round-trip international air travel, and U.S. visas (Insurance and Chilean passports and related documents are the responsibility of the delegates).


1) Chilean applicants must be high school students 16 - 18 years of age as of June 26, 2018

2) Must have very good English verbal and written skills

3) Must demonstrate superior academic proficiency (6.4 grade point average)

4) Must demonstrate concrete leadership abilities, solidarity and social maturity through involvement in school and
community activities benefiting others

5) Must demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits
(music, sports, art, others)

6) Must demonstrate a proven curiosity related to environment, science and/or technology through participation in such activities as congresses, science fairs, school projects, and similar

7) Must never have lived in or spent more than two weeks in the United States nor other English speaking countries

8) Must hold Chilean citizenship/permanent residence

TO APPLY, candidates must complete the online Delegate Cover Sheet and separately send the following documents to

1) a letter of recommendation in English or Spanish from a teacher or mentor not related to you;

2) a resume in English detailing your academic achievements and extra-curricular activities with a specific focus on environment, science and technology themes;

3) an academic transcript from 2017.


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