October 3, 2014

Announcement: The National Youth Science Foundation seeks candidates for the position of Director, National Youth Science Camp. A full position description is provided below. This position is full-time, year-round and based at the NYSF offices at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston, West Virginia; additional 24/7 activities at the site of the National Youth Science Camp while the program is in session.

See http://jobs.nysf.com for more information.

A very generous National Youth Science Camp alumnus has offered to match, dollar for dollar, all contributions received between August 8, 2014, and September 15, 2014 (up to $50,000)! Donations made by alumni count toward the $50 for 50 Campaign. Now is the time to make your contribution go twice as far! Click below to donate.

The National Youth Science Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization (Federal Tax ID Number 55-0630700). Contributions made to the Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

If you would prefer to offer your support by check, please mail it to:

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Bill ConnerThis year’s sponsor of the Senate Luncheon is William (Bill) F. Conner (NYSC – Arkansas in 1977). Bill is the former CEO of Entrust-a security software company that he ran for 13 years until last December when he sold the company for $500M. He is now consulting. Bill’s career spans more than 30 years across numerous high-tech industries. He is among the most experienced security, data and infrastructure executives worldwide. He led key divisions at ATT, he led Nortel into data with an $9B acquisition of Bay Networks, and has led the effort to protect digital identities around the world in over 60+ countries while the CEO of Entrust. He has been at the vanguard of three Digital Information Age’s most transformational digital technology shifts. Bill has been recognized with the Federal 100 Award-which the government bestows to the top 100 individuals and organizations impacting the U.S. Government, and he has also be recognized with the Corporate CEO of the Year as well as the Marketer of the Year. He received the NYSC Alumnus of the Year from the NYSF in 2013. Senator Rockefeller noted that Conner is one of the 100 most important advisors to the United States Senate

As part of Bill’s efforts to secure national critical infrastructure, he launched and co-chaired the Business Software Alliance Information Security Governance task force which released an information security management framework for industry. He also co-chaired the Corporate Governance Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Partnership, which released a report-“information security governance: a call to action.” He has shared his expertise on Capitol Hill by testifying before Congressional hearings on topics of critical infrastructure protection, security for small and medium businesses, and national security.

Students from around West Virginia convened at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory for five days of original research with scientists from NRAO, Concord University, and The Mountain Institute.  In addition to beginning their research projects, they attended a talk on nanotechnology by Dr. Mike Norton of Marshall University and explored the nature of scientific inquiry through jigsaw puzzles (photo below).

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Dr. Norton (below) talked about his lab’s work in self-assembling structures at atomic and molecular scales and potential applications.  He presented a series of problems and questions yet to be solved in chemistry and nanotechnology and challenged YSDE students to pursue those questions.

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Over the next five days, six YSDE teams will pursue research on electromagnetic radiation, geophysics, engineering, and radio astronomy.  Teams will be posting updates of their research activities and progress–watch for updates at ysde.org.

Former MIT president Charles M. Vest — a tireless advocate for research and science, and a passionate supporter of diversity and openness — died on December 12 of pancreatic cancer at his home in the Washington area. He was 72. Dr. Vest was the NYSC Martha Wehrle Opening Lecturer in 2011.

Read the article in the MIT  News.

CHARLESTON, WV – Alumni (delegates and staph) of the National Youth Science Camp can be found across the United States and around the World. Explore using the interactive map below.


  • The interactive map above is a visual representation of the alumni (delegates and staph) of the National Youth Science Camp.
  • If your information is incorrect, please visit the NYSC Alumni Directory and provide an update.
  • Multiple alumni in the same Zip code may not be visible. Use the filters at Google Fusion Tables to explore.
  • If you wish to have your listing removed, please request by E-mail to alumni@nysf.com.
Strategic Planning Session

Strategic Planning Session

CHARLESTON, WV — The National Youth Science Foundation is currently developing a strategic plan to guide its activities in the next decade. Facilitated by Dr. Jim Shuman, a former National Youth Science Camp director, stakeholders have advanced the construction of the strategic plan.

In recent action, the Board of Trustees formally adopted the following:

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Youth Science Foundation is to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through its proven educational model for mentoring, challenging, and motivating students.

By building communities among students, teachers, and professionals, NYSF programs bridge the gap between the traditional school curriculum and STEM careers.

Join in the celebration of West Virginia’s statehood. Buy here.

470904-01-main-695x900From the United States Postal Service:

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates 150 years of West Virginia statehood. Admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, West Virginia is one of only two new states created during the war and the only one created by separation from a Confederate state. Located entirely within the Appalachian Highlands, West Virginia is now known as the Mountain State. Its official motto reflects the realities of topography as well as its individualistic spirit: montani semper liberi, “mountaineers are always free.”

The stamp features a photograph by West Virginia photographer Roger Spencer showing an early morning view looking east from the Highland Scenic Highway (Route 150) in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, within Monongahela National Forest.

Today, nearly 1.9 million people call West Virginia home. With coal as the state’s most abundant natural resource, around 30,000 West Virginians work in the coal-mining industry, helping to produce more than one-tenth of the country’s supply, and the natural gas and oil industries, while less visible, are essential. In keeping with the current state slogan, “Wild and Wonderful,” tourism is also vital to the West Virginia economy, with mountains and rugged wilderness drawing visitors from across the country and around the world for hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting.

The photograph on this stamp was taken in October 2008. Greg Breeding served as art director.

The West Virginia Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

Issue Date: June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, WV – The 2013 session of the National Youth Science Camp began on June 26 as delegates arrived at Charleston’s Yeager Airport. While some delegates completed the last legs of their travel, others attended the 5th Annual Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture presented by Dr. Paul Miller (Wyoming 1987). At the conclusion of the lecture, delegates were hosted by families in their local homes. On Thursday, June 27, delegates gathered at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston for tour of research facilities operated by MATRIC and others. At 1:00 PM, the delegation boarded sleek ‘n shiny buses for the 3 hour ride to Camp Pocahontas near Bartow, WV.

Follow their continuing adventures online at http://2013.nysc.org/updates/.

CHARLESTON, WV – Dr. Paul Miller, physics professor at West Virginia University, was the featured speaker at the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture of the 2013 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Dr. Miller presented his lecture (embeded below) at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences – West Virginia in Charleston.

The NYSC is a summer science honors program for two high-achieving high school students from each state in the nation and others from around the world. This experience is held in a rustic setting at Camp Pocahontas in West Virginia’s eastern mountains. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the camp, which has honored and challenged approximately 5,000 participants since its inception in 1963. This year’s delegates will spend the next month studying with prestigious scientists in a variety of fields from throughout the world. Before the delegates leave Charleston and head to camp, they will also have the opportunity to tour the laboratories of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research, & Innovation Center (MATRIC) as well as tour the science labs in Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.

“We have 122 delegates, 26 international from 9 different countries. We have almost every single state represented. The neat part of the opening lecture is it’s the first real introduction to both camp and to West Virginia,” said Desiree Henriksen, director of the NYSC.

Miller’s lecture addressed the impact of science and technology on everyday life. Specifically, he focused on how technology, medicine, and gadgets are often used freely without much thought to the scientific fundamentals that govern how these gadgets work. His lecture also served as a welcome to the delegates of the 2013 National Youth Science Camp and an invitation to explore everything science has to offer.

Miller was Camp Director of the NYSC from 1997 – 2001 so “he’ll be a great introduction to all of the unique experiences,” Henriksen says. “He’ll get the [delegates] to get the most out of the experience because he truly knows what camp is all about.”

Miller teaches introductory physics for engineers and elementary education majors and organizes the WVU Learning Assistants programs. He is interested in education and outreach efforts through the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. In addition to obtaining his doctoral degree in physics at West Virginia University, he has also had extensive experience teaching physics to high school students throughout the country.

The lecture was free and open to the public.

Related article in the Charleston Gazette.

Video available soon.

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