ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-99-085

Date Created : 02/05/1999


Co-op Directors
High School Principals
other: High School Counselors

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   School Improvement and Instructional Support - Dr. Kevin Penix
The National Youth Science Camp

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Bill Fulton

Phone Number:


The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is one of the nation's premier programs in secondary science education. Since its inception in 1963 as part of West Virginia's Centennial Celebration, the four-week summer program has offered educational forums and recreational activities that encourage the development of thoughtful scientific leadership.

Two graduating students are chosen to represent each state as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. Delegates attend the camp the summer after they graduate from high school, and have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities, and a genuine interest in the sciences. The governor of each state appoints a selection coordinator within the state department of education who initiates a competitive process to choose two delegates and two alternates.

Delegates attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense, transportation included. This has been true throughout the history of the camp so that delegates can attend regardless of their financial status.

Potential delegates for the 1999 camp should meet all of the following guidelines:

*be candidates to graduate from high school in the spring of 1999; be available to participate in the entire NYSC program (scheduled from July 1 to July 26, 1999);

*intend to pursue a profession oriented towards science, mathematics,
engineering, or medicine;

*demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;

*demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities;

*demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and
outside the realm of academic pursuits; and,

*demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics;

*complete a typed application and submit it to the address below by March 12, 1999.

Applications and questions should be directed to:

Bill Fulton, Science Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
#4 State Capitol Mall, Room 107-A
Little Rock, AR 72201

NYSC's web site can be found at:


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