Apply now for YNS middle school and high school camps, and paid research experiences for high schoolers

January 16, 2018

Young Nebraska Scientists

Applications are open for Young Nebraska Scientists summer programs throughout the state in 2018, including:

* CyberCamp, June 6-9 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle and high school students;

* Soil and Plants in Agriculture, June 11-15 day camp at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle schoolers;

* Algae for Biofuels, June 17-21 at Doane University in Crete, for middle schoolers

* Life Underground: the Unseen Power of Microbes, June 17-20 at UNL, for high schoolers;

* Biodiversity Field Science, June 17-23 at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station (Ogalalla), for high schoolers;

* Secret Life of Metals, an inorganic chemistry day camp, July 16-18 at Creighton University.

For the past 10 years, each summer more than 100 youths attend YNS camps, which include hands-on science experiences and recreation opportunities at college campuses throughout Nebraska. YNS camp fees include meals and lodging, except Secret Life of Metals and Soil & Plants in Agriculture (day camp only). A select group of students are chosen to be YNS High School Researchers, with paid summer jobs in the labs of university scientists. Applications for YNS researcher positions close March 20 (April 15 for camps).

YNS is conducted by Nebraska EPSCoR with support from the National Science Foundation, to encourage youth participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers. NSF support helps keep YNS camp fees low; faculty from Nebraska colleges and universities are camp leaders, and camp staff include university students. For information and online registration, see