Superintendent’s Memo #003-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 6, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2012 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an intense month-long camp for young scientists conducted during the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting in West Virginia, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies on current science topics. The program also offers participants the opportunity to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities that have a minimal impact on the environment and are challenging for the experienced but accessible to those who have never participated in outdoor excursions. The NYSC is an all-expenses-paid program. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate's home to Charleston, West Virginia.

Two students are chosen to represent Virginia as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

Information about the National Youth Science Camp and an application may be obtained at the National Youth Science Camp Web site,  The application must be received by the Virginia Department of Education no later than February 15, 2012, at the following address:

Eric M. Rhoades, Science Coordinator
Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel based on the application criteria required in the application. Applicants will be notified by March 9, 2012, regarding their selection status for the 2012 National Youth Science Camp.

For further information, please contact Eric M. Rhoades, by e-mail at, or telephone at (804) 786-2481.