Apply now for 2021 STEM with Young Nebraska Scientists

January 4, 2021

Applications are open for Young Nebraska Scientists (YNS) camps throughout the state in 2021, including: 


  • July 19-21 ... The Secret Life of Metals – Creighton University; Omaha, NE


  • June 1-2 ... Chemistry and Nanoscience Behind Renewable Energy Technologies Camp(Virtual)– University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  •  June 7 – 11 ... NEW! Small but Mighty: A Hands-on Investigation of Viruses and Bacteria Camp – Bellevue University; Bellevue, NE 
  • June 21 – 24 Explorations in Biology Camp – Nebraska Wesleyan University; Lincoln, NE

For more than 12 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 day camps (see for specifics). Application deadline is May 1 for YNS camps. 

Applications close March 1 for YNS High School Researchers (HS juniors preferred), with paid summer jobs in the labs of university scientists. 

YNS is conducted by Nebraska EPSCoR to encourage youth participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers. National Science Foundation funding (via OIA1557417) helps keep YNS camp fees low; need-based scholarships for YNS camps are readily available. Faculty from Nebraska colleges and universities are camp leaders, and camp staff include university students. For information and online applications, see

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Crop experiment outside on corn stalk

YNS Summer 2020 "Remote Researchers" learn plant science while studying the root microbiome during a field work session.