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2011 National Youth Science Camp

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

March 3, 2011

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:


The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2011 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).

The NYSC is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school students from each state. The NYSC is offered at no cost to participants. All educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge to the delegates.

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant:

  • Must be a candidate for high school graduation between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

  • Must be nominated by their principal for consideration. The letter of recommendation from the principal will suffice in place of a letter of support from a student nominee's teacher or research mentor.

  • Must complete the application found on the NYSC Web page at [Note, the preceding link is no longer valid] and return it and supporting materials to the CDE by a postmark deadline of Thursday, March 31, 2011.

  • Must demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences.

  • Must demonstrate an application of leadership abilities 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.

  • Must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.

The completed application and supporting materials must be postmarked by March 31, 2011, and sent to the attention of:

Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the Superintendent
Superintendent’s Initiatives Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5602
Sacramento, CA 95814

As part of the NYSC program, 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 expeditions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, or kayaking opportunities.

The NYSC will be held at a facility located in the Monongahela National Forest near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia. Delegates must be able to attend the entire NYSC program. Delegates will arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on June 30, 2011, and depart on July 24, 2011. More information is available on the NYSC Web page [Note, the preceding link is no longer valid].

If you have any questions about the National Youth Science Camp nominations process, please contact Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Superintendent’s Initiatives Office, by phone at 916-319-0554 or by email at [Note: The prior contact is no longer available. For questions regarding the National Youth Science Camp, please contact Dina Fong, Staff Services Manager, Superintendent's Initiatives Office, by phone at 916-319-0551 or by e-mail at].


Tom Torlakson


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