Due to COVID-19 the 2021 NYSCamp, which will run from June 28 to July 21 will be a completely virtual experience. 

The NYSFoundation invites qualified STEM professionals to submit interest to present a lecture, conduct a directed study, or lead a directed overnighter at the NYSCamp.

We will be inviting one lecturer to present each day of camp from 8-9:30 PM EDT and multiple directed studies and seminars to be hosted virtually each day between the hours of noon and 7PM EDT (see descriptions below).

Because the NYSFoundation covers all student participant expenses including travel, we host quite a diverse group. The students are enthusiastic and curious in general. They seem to appreciate an environment where they find, often for the first time, substantial peer support for their interest in STEM fields. They enjoy the attention of STEM professionals and staff members who provide the intellectual nurturing they have craved, but not often received; excellence is cool and inquisitive minds are normal. The atmosphere is relaxed and offers a beautiful retreat from the demands of everyday life.

The NYSFoundation plans carefully to meet basic program needs and ensure that the programs are offered free of cost to the students; therefore, we cannot offer honorariums. We do, however, reimburse for travel expenses, provide local accommodations, and provide meals on site. If you are interested in participating in any program at the NYSCamp, please complete this online form. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Brian Kinghorn by emailing director@nyscamp.org.

Lectures, Directed Studies, and Directed Overnighters

Lecture is a 50 to 75-minute presentation (including Q&A) with the whole NYSCamp delegation in attendance. Invited lectures should expect to speak on a relevant STEM topic.

Directed Study is a hands-on, interactive small group experience (usually 8-12 students). It lasts 60 to 75 minutes on each of three consecutive days. During the study, the presenter provides a model and a close guiding hand; the participants should be able to pose questions, develop conceptual understanding through exploration, and draw conclusions. Field trips to local sites are feasible.

Directed Overnighter (which will be absent from the 2021 camp) is an outdoor based STEM activity, which last for one night.


Presenters must adhere to NYSFoundation policies and procedures. These include:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question: Does the NYSFoundation provide presenters with an honorarium?
    • Answer: No, but the NYSFoundation can reimburse presenters for approved travel expenses.
  • Question: Can I bring hazardous materials to the NYSCamp?
    • Answer: If you have identified the material as hazardous, we ask that you consider whether it is absolutely necessary to bring to the NYSCamp. You must notify the NYSCamp Director and provide the applicable MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the material. Please consult the NYSFoundation Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Policy for more information (currently under development).