Apply now for YNS middle school and high school summer science camps

January 2, 2019

Applications are open for Young Nebraska Scientists summer programs throughout the state in 2019, including:

* CyberCamp, June 5-8 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle and high school students;

* Soil and Plants in Agriculture, June 10-14 day camp at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle schoolers;

* Life Underground: the Unseen Power of Microbes, June 10-12 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for high schoolers;

* NEW! Explorations in Biology, June 17-19 at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, for high schoolers;

* Biodiversity Field Science, June 23-29 at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station (Ogalalla), for high schoolers;

* Secret Life of Metals, an inorganic chemistry day camp, July 15-17 at Creighton University (Omaha), for middle schoolers.

For more than 10 years, each summer 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 and Plants in Agriculture (day camps only). A select group of students are chosen to be YNS High School Researchers, with paid summer jobs in the labs of university scientists.

Application deadline is April 15 for YNS 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 (need-based scholarships are available); faculty from Nebraska colleges and universities are camp leaders, and camp staff include university students. For information and online applications, see

Image: Young Nebraska Scientists learn at a YNS microbiology camp.

Young Nebraska Scientists campers learn at a YNS microbiology camp.