Who awards the scholarship?
Who is this call addressed to?
Scholarships for the National Youth Science Camp are offered by the US Embassies in Argentina and Bolivia. They are pleased to invite all students between the ages of 16 and 18 interested in science to apply to the 2022 National Youth Science Camp; to be held virtually between June 27 and July 20, 2022.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 NYSCamp will once again be a fully virtual experience featuring world-class conferences, lead studios, and seminars with renowned and up-and-coming STEM professionals who are making a difference in their fields of study and changing the world for good.
The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, the state of West Virginia, and the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF -http://www.nysf.com/w/), and is aimed at academically outstanding young people who have a demonstrated interest in science.
Representatives of the Cultural Office of the United States Embassy in Argentina will select 4 delegates to attend the camp virtually.
The goals of the program are to promote interest in scientific careers and inspire ethical leadership in topics related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEAM), and offer learning opportunities in these fields by developing a strong network among the members of the program.
ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE AT CAMP
At Virtual Camp 2022, scientists working in the United States in some of the most innovative areas of science today will deliver hands-on training lectures and seminars and share their expertise with students.
In addition to attending lectures, participants will have the opportunity to explore new areas related to biological and physical sciences, art, and music, with the help of members of the permanent educational staff.
During the program, they will also be able to make presentations on their specific areas of interest and research. The virtual workload of the camp is a minimum of 4.5 hours per day between 6:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Argentina during the duration of the program.
The camp has no cost for the 4 (four) participants selected by the Embassy of the United States of each country.
PARTICIPATION OF DELEGATES FROM EACH COUNTRY
Formal NYSCamp programming and activities will be scheduled on weekdays between 8 am and 11 pm EDT. Delegates will be encouraged to unplug and spend time with family and friends on the weekends.
Participation will be mandatory in the opening and closing ceremonies of the camp on the nights of Monday, June 27, and Wednesday, July 20. We also hope that delegates will prioritize attending the evening keynotes and evening hangouts (see camp schedule below) as they plan their camp schedules.
Since selection to attend the camp is a very competitive process with only two delegates guaranteed a spot from each state or nation, we expect NYSCamp delegates to regularly participate in camp activities for the duration of the camp.
In previous virtual camps, most delegates spent an average of 4 hours per day participating in camp activities. Many delegates had the time and desire to do much more. From experience, we can say that the more effort delegates put into their NYSCamp experience, the more they will get out of their NYSCamp experience.
We recognize that many delegates will want or need to work part-time jobs, participate in part-time internships, or take short trips with family or friends during the 3.5-week camp.
Within reason, the NYSCamp virtual experience is designed to allow delegates to sidestep these other commitments and still meaningfully participate in camp. Also, because the camp is virtual, delegates will be able to attend it remotely from virtually anywhere.
Delegates will also have the opportunity, if they wish, to propose, plan and present their own session during the last three days of the camp. These presentations can be included on a delegate’s resume as a conference presentation.
DAILY WEEKDAY PARTICIPATION SCHEDULE
General camp programming will be offered at 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm and 11 pm EDT Monday through Friday. Delegates will be able to register to attend as many sessions as their individual daily schedules allow.
Keynotes will be offered every weekday at 8:00 pm, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with the speaker at 9:00 pm At 9:30 pm every weekday, Delegates will be able to choose from several evening hangouts where they can interact with Staph (intentional misspelling to highlight their contagious enthusiasm) and other delegates in fun, engaging and meaningful ways.
A centerpiece and highlight of the virtual NYSCamp is the evening keynote series presented at 8 pm EDT each weeknight. These world-class conferences are presented by prestigious and up-and-coming STEM professionals who are making a difference in their fields of study and changing the world forever.
Immediately following each conference, delegates interested in learning more will have the opportunity to join the speaker for a 30-minute interactive question and answer session. Various informal meeting places will be offered in the evening at 9:30 pm every day of the week.
These will include opportunities for delegates to interact with one another to reflect on the day, learn new skills, learn from each other.
Another programming at the camp will allow delegates to delve into STEM topics with knowledgeable experts and enthusiasts in multi-day mini-courses (directed studies) or 60-90 minute interactive seminars, take virtual tours of facilities such as the Green Bank Observatory and the National Gallery of Art, learn new hobbies and skills, and interact with camp staph* in program areas ranging from practicing languages, yoga or mindfulness, playing virtual games, discussing interesting topics, making art or music, or learning outdoor skills.
To best accommodate delegates’ varied schedules and needs for work, family responsibilities, and other commitments, delegates may begin signing up for programming up to two weeks before camp begins.
Most sessions will have no registration limits, and delegates will be able to register for as many sessions throughout each day of camp as their schedules and personal interests allow.
Directed Studies will initially have limited enrollments to ensure that each delegate has the opportunity to participate in at least two Directed Studies. Evening conferences and time blocked to attend an evening meeting place will be automatically added to all delegates’ daily schedules.
Camp hours and registration will be provided through SCHED or a similar platform. Delegates will receive daily emails with their schedules and general camp announcements. Social interactions will be facilitated on a camp Discord server that delegates can join up to two weeks before camp. All sessions will be held on Zoom.
Unlike many virtual conferences where lectures and sessions are broadcast live with no opportunities for participants to interact with presenters, NYSCamp sessions will be interactive, allowing delegates to interact with speakers and presenters and ask questions.
What benefits do the National Youth Science Camp Scholarships offer?
Free virtual camp for selected participants
Publication of results: April 29, 2022