Apply now for 2020 STEM with Young Nebraska Scientists

January 2, 2020

Applications are open for Young Nebraska Scientists (YNS) programs throughout the state in 2020, including:


June 3-6               CyberCamp – University of Nebraska at Kearney

June 17-19          NEW! Field Naturalist Camp - Prairie Plains Resource Institute; Marquette, NE

June 29 – July 1 NEW! Engineering of Plant Cell Walls – University of Nebraska – Lincoln (commuter only)

July 13 – 15         The Secret Life of Metals – Creighton University; Omaha, NE (commuter only)


June 1-5               NEW! Small but Mighty: A Hands-on Investigation of Viruses and Bacteria Camp – Bellevue University; Bellevue, NE (commuter only)

June 1 – 3            Chemistry and Nanoscience Behind Renewable Energy Technologies Camp – University of Nebraska – Lincoln (commuter only)

June 3 – 6            CyberCamp – University of Nebraska at Kearney

June 7 –13           Biodiversity: Field Science Camp – Cedar Point Biological Station; Ogallala, NE

June 22 –25        Explorations in Biology Camp – Nebraska Wesleyan University; Lincoln, NE

June 28 – July 3 NEW! Intersections of Art + Science Camp – Cedar Point Biological Station; Ogallala, NE

For more than a decade, each summer 100+ youths attend YNS camps, which include engaging, hands-on science experiences and recreation opportunities at college campuses and partner sites throughout Nebraska. YNS camp fees can include meals, accommodations, on and off-site activities, and camp t-shirt (see for specifics). Application deadline is May 1 for YNS camps. Need-based scholarships are readily available.

Applications close March 20 for YNS High School Researchers (current sophomore or junior): paid summer jobs in the labs of university scientists.

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 applications, see

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

High school students work in labs at UNL's Beadle Center during a Young Nebraska Scientists camp focused on microbes.