National Youth Science Camp 2019 – Application closed

The National Youth Science Camp 2019, to be held in the United States from June 27 – July 20, is aimed at students with high academic achievement who have a demonstrated interest in the sciences. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the State of West Virginia and the National Youth Science Foundation, and

What Will Participants Do?
Scientists from across the United States who work on some of the most groundbreaking topics in science will give presentations, deliver hands-on seminars and provide mentorship to student participants. In addition to attending these lectures and seminars, participants will also have the opportunity to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, along with art and music with residential staff members. There will be opportunities for some participants to present seminars on their own areas of interest and research. In addition, participants will visit Washington, D.C. to take advantage of some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural offerings. The experience includes three overnight expeditions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain-biking, and/or kayaking.
All expenses, including airfare, transportation, food, lodging and medical insurance will be covered by the U.S. Department of State.

REQUIREMENTS:
 Applicants must be between 16-18 years old on June 1, 2019;
 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 the 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 a 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.

 

PHASES OF THE PROGRAM:
Phase I: Application – Closed.
Phase II: Candidates who advance beyond the screening process of the pre selection 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, 2019.

Participants will travel to the United States on June 27 and return on July 20, 2019. 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.

Questions? ExchangesBA@state.gov