National Youth Science Camp 2020

National Youth Science Camp

The United States Embassy in Argentina is pleased to invite all students between 16 and 18 years interested in science, to apply for the National Youth Science Camp 2020 (National Youth Science Camp), to be held in the United States between June 22 and July 20. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, the State of West Virginia and the National Youth Science Foundation and is aimed at academically prominent young people who have demonstrated interest in science.

What Will Participants Do?

Scientists from across the United States 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 U.S.’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities.  The National Youth Science Camp experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest, featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities.

All expenses, including airfare, transportation, food, lodging and medical insurance will be covered by the U.S. Department of State.

 Applicants must be between 16-18 years old on June 1, 2020;
 Fluency in English;
 Currently attending high school;
 Should intend to pursue a science-oriented profession;
 Demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or sciences;
 Demonstrate leadership abilities and interest in one’s community through involvement in both school and community activities;
 Demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits;
 Demonstrate curiosity and an eagerness to explore; and
 Last year’s minimum GPA (academic grades): 8 (eight).

In addition, precedence is given to:
 Public high school students, or subsidized private school students;
 Applicants who have never traveled to the United States and with little to no previous travel abroad.



Phase I: Students who meet all the requirements and are interested in applying for this program should fill and send their application package by March 15, 2020.

Phase II: Candidates who advance beyond the screening process of the preselection phase will be invited to participate in a phone interview with U.S. Embassy staff during the last week of March. Other applicants will not be contacted.

Phase III: The Embassy will officially announce the names of the students selected approximately the first week of April, 2020.

Participants will travel to the United States on June 22 and return on July 20, 2020. They will need to be in Buenos Aires 3 days before departure to the United States for the visa interviews and meetings with officers arranged by the U.S. Embassy.