U.S. Embassy extends application dates for 2014 National Youth Science Camp

Carla Aranguiz
Carla Aranguiz

The U.S. Embassy has extended until April 12 the deadline for students to submit applications to take part in the National Youth Science Camp, which will take place in the Monongahela National Park, in West Virginia from June 26 through July 19. The camp is open for high school students ages 16 to 18.

The camp is a well-known education program that brings together students who have demonstrated outstanding scientific skills, from the United States and other countries. The purpose is to encourage them to purse studies in science.

The program offers lectures, directed courses, and meetings with leading experts and is an extraordinary education opportunity for young talented students who want to expand their knowledge in multiple fields of science.  At the camp, attendees will have the chance to participate in an innovative and extensive program in the open air, compare their findings and create lasting ties with young students from the United States and other Latin American countries who share similar interests.

Requirements for program participation are:

  • Applicant must be a high school student between the ages of 16 and 18
  • Have a good command of English language
  • Be able to participate in the entire program, departing Santiago and traveling to Charleston, West Virginia on June 26 and returning to Santiago on July 19
  • have interest in pursuing a career in science, environment, mathematics, engineering or medicine
  • Demonstrate leadership, solidarity, and social maturity by being actively involved in community or school activities
  • Show skills and achievements beyond the area of science and academics
  • Demonstrate interest in exploring multiple topics in the fields of science
  • Have a minimum 6.4 GPA

This will be the seventh year that Chilean students participate in this prestigious program, which was established in 1963 by the State of West Virginia and is today funded by the National Youth Science Foundation in the United States. The program takes place at Camp Pocahontas in the Monongahela National Park in the outskirts of the city of Bartow.

The U.S. Department of State will offer scholarships for two Chilean students this year. Last year four young Chileans – Carla Aránguiz, from the city Concepción; Pablo Bastías, from Valdivia, Dusan Marinkovic, from Punta Arenas, and Nicolás Riquelme, from Santiago – were chosen and attended the camp. Students who are interested in applying and who meet the requirements should carefully revise this document. (PDF 233 KB – Get Adobe Reader)

They should complete the application in English and mail the other documents to the following e-mail address: nyscchile2014@gmail.com

Application documents can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Santiago web site  and on Facebook.

More information in English and photos in NYSC web page about the camp.

PLEASE NOTE: The requirements, details, and dates for applicants from Chile are different from those on the NYSC website.