Science camp applications sought

BARTOW – The National Youth Science Foundation is accepting applications from high school seniors for attendance at the 2013 National Youth Science Camp, which will be held from June 26 to July 20 at Camp Pocahontas.

Those applying must demonstrate academic proficiency and recognition in mathematics or science; leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school and community activities; skills and achievements outside of science and academics; and curiosity.

Applications are available online at Complete applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15.

Two West Virginia students will be selected to attend the honors program, along with student delegates from each state and some foreign countries by invitation from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Delegates attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense, transportation included.

Activities include small group, hands-on science seminars; evening science lectures; athletic and recreational activities; and art and music. Recent speakers at the camp include Dr. Noel Hinners, former NASA deputy director; Dr. D.B. “Zoon” Nguyen; Dr. Jill Morris of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Vladimir Chaloupka of the University of Washington Physics Department.

The camp also includes an outdoor adventure program. Three times during camp, delegates go on overnight outdoor trips, which may include backpacking, rock climbing, caving, kayaking, mountain biking or science field experiences.

Delegates also participate in a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where West Virginia’s senior U.S. Senate member hosts a luncheon in the delegates’ honor, attended by other senators. The luncheon also includes a keynote speech, and recent speakers include Dr. John Holdren; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA administrator; and Mr. Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

For information, contact Dr. Andrew Blackwood at or (304) 205-9724, extension 91.