2017 National Youth Science Camp

Applications are open until May 1, 2017!

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 www.nysc.org.  

Some of the information and requirements for international students differ from the NYSC process. Chilean applicants should refer to the website of the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. 

Delegates MUST be able to attend the entire NYSC program, June 14 through July 8.  Delegates depart Santiago for Charleston, West Virginia on Tuesday, June 13 and arrive back in Santiago on Sunday, July 9.

The National Youth Science Camp is offered at NO COST to its participants.  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, visa and insurance (Chilean passports and related documents are the responsibility of the delegates).


  • Must have very good English verbal and written skills
  • Must demonstrate superior academic proficiency (6.4 grade point average)
  • Must demonstrate concrete leadership abilities, solidarity 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 (music, sports, art, etc)
  • Must demonstrate a proven curiosity related to environment, science and/or technology through participation in such activities as congresses, science fairs, school projects etc
  • Must never have lived in the United States
  • Must hold Chilean citizenship

To see the application criteria and submission instructions, please go to our website in Spanish.