2014 National Youth Science Camp

2014 National Youth Science Camp®
Operated by the National Youth Science Foundation®

Seeking Delegate Applications



 Lincoln– Governor Dave Heineman appointed James Blake from the Nebraska Department of Education to serve as Nebraska’s selection coordinator for the 2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).  Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds.  The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monogahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C.  The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants, so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status.  Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation® allow delegates to participate in this “once in a lifetime” experience.  Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.

Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Friday, June 27, and depart on Sunday, July 20, 2014.  The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest.  Application forms are available on the NYSC website at http://apply.nysc.org.

 Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2014.

You may apply at http://apply.nysc.org.



James Blake at 402-471-4329 or james.blake@nebraska.gov

P. O. Box 3387 Charleston, WV 25333-3387 (304) 205-9724

www.nysf.com www.nysc.orgoffice@nysf.com


Susan T. Buffett Scholarship Reminders

A reminder that all pieces of the Buffett application are due by February 1, 2014 EXCEPT for the Student Aid Report/College Funding Estimator.  The SAR or Estimator is due March 15, 2014.

1.     Students will not be able to upload the Student Aid Report (SAR) and the College Funding Estimator until after January 1.  We had several students upload last year’s SAR and Estimator.  We will email students in the next week who uploaded the incorrect SAR or Estimator before 12/11/13  and let them know they need to upload the correct 2014-2015 SAR.  Anyone who uploads the incorrect document moving forward, will not be contacted.  If a student uploaded the correct College Funding Estimator, s/he will not be contacted and the document will be accepted.

2.       We have added “Outside of the United States” to the list of High School State options.

3.       We have noticed several recommendations being uploaded that are not following the template/responding to the questions.  We would appreciate your help in spreading the word to your teachers and fellow counselors to encourage them to only use the attached template or to type their responses directly in the link.  We’ve added some additional graphics and text to the recommender page to help direct recommenders to the correct template as well.  When you download the template, you should save it immediately and then start typing in the template once it has been saved to your computer.

4.       We have had several requests for the student essay question.  I wanted to include it here again for your reference.

In reviewing your application, we’d like to learn more about the factors in your life that have led you to pursue a college education.

Please compose an essay describing your reasons for wanting to attend college. It is important that your essay addresses all of the questions below throughout the essay.

1. What are your goals and how will you reach them?
2. Describe some of your strengths and weaknesses. How have you developed/learned from these?
3. Describe how you have been a leader and/or were a role model to others in your life (community, school, job, etc.).
4. Tell us about an obstacle or challenge you have faced.
5. Tell us about a time you worked hard to achieve something.

We expect your essay to run about 500-700 words, but you are welcome to write more if need be.

5.       For students who are a ward of the court or legally emancipated, there were some questions about ti enter for the parent/guardian signature on the Consent at the end of the application.  We have added language below the parent/guardian signature box that should help guide students in this situation.  The text says:

If you are a student who is under 19 and not yet enrolled, but do not believe that the signature of a parent or guardian is applicable to you because you are legally emancipated or are unsure whether you have a parent or guardian, please type this reason in the Parent/Guardian’s Name box.  We will contact you for further information if necessary.

Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarships

Visit the Lincoln Community Foundation site to view available scholarships, review the criteria, download the apps, & access instructions for submitting the completed apps by the deadline of March 31st. Students who are registered with ScholarshipQuest will also receive info on these scholarships if they meet the criteria. Current scholarships available include:

  • Janet T. Anderson Scholarship
  • Brenda Brown Destanick Memorial Scholarship
  • Ralph & Jean Cuca Scholarship
  • Miriam Croft Moeller Citizenship Award
  • CPCU-Lawrence “Larry” Frazier Memorial Scholarship
  • Colleen Farrell Gerleman Scholarship
  • Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship
  • Phil Heckman Scholarship
  • William B. & Virginia S. Rolofson Scholarship
  • Arnold H. White Memorial Scholarship

Big Red Road Show Video Contest

Big Red Road Show video contest open to all Nebraska high school students

Picture your own, original video shown on the big, silver screen at Midtown Cinema.

 On Sat., Feb. 1, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will help high school students learn more about college life at UNL at the 2014 Big Red Road Show: Husker Cinema at Midtown Cinema in Omaha.

 UNL is encouraging students to enter the Road Show Video Contest.Four finalists in the Road Show Video Contest will have their video entries featured on the big screen and a chance to walk the red carpet as they win top prizes. The winner will receive a $250 pizza party from Valentino’s. The runner-up will win a $100 gift certificate from The Amazing Pizza Machine.

 The deadline to enter the video contest is Jan. 10, 2014. You can enter to win by submitting your original digital video to roadshowvideo.unl.edu anytime between Dec. 2, 2013 and January 10, 2014.

 To enter, download one of several music beds available at http://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary or use a version of “Dear Old Nebraska U” available at http://roadshowvideo.unl.edu, then create a 60-second video that depicts your best future as a student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Upload your video to YouTube and submit your entry form along with the link to your video on YouTube.com.

 Four finalists will be announced by January 12, 2014. Video entries by the four finalists will be posted for public online voting to select a winner and a runner-up. All four finalists’ entries will be shown on the ‘big screen’ at Big Red Road Show on Feb. 1, 2014, when the winner and runner-up will be announced.  The contest is sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

LSW Boosters Holiday Boutique


Click on the link above to view information about the LSW Holiday Boutique that will be held in the LSW Commons on Tuesday, December 10th at 3:30 to 6:30 pm. A portion of each vendors sales will be donated to LSW’s Adopt A Hawk Program. The Forensics Team will host a concessions stand. The Student Ambassadors will be providing FREE babysitting. Live music will also be featured!

Runza & KLKN Student Athlete of the Month

Balancing schoolwork, athletics and one’s personal life is a difficult challenge in high school. Some students do this so well we feel they should be recognized. KLKN TV Channel 8 and Runza® Restaurants created a partnership to honor senior student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom and in the community & provide them with a $500 scholarship for college.

 The “Runza® KLKN Student Athlete of the Month” will be interviewed by Sports Director Brett Edwards in a special monthly segment on the 6 and 10 o’clock news broadcasts.

 Nominations from coaches, athletic directors, etc. for WINTER sports are due Friday, December 20th and can be emailed, faxed or mailed.


Code Crush

 CodeCrush is a FREE immersion experience for 8th and 9th grade girls designed to show them the world of information technology (IT). Part of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology Women in IT Initiative, we’ve created this program to help show girls all the cool and crush-worthy things you can do with IT. While the IT sector grows every day, there are too few skilled professionals to fill open positions and even fewer women. We want to help more people find their love for IT and close the gender gap.
What is CodeCrush?
From February 26March 1, CodeCrush will introduce these young girls to the world of IT with hands on, half–day workshops with bioinformatics, IT innovation, music technology and cybersecurity. The afternoons will be filled with checking out the IT departments of global corporations, meeting professional women in the field, mentoring sessions with current IS&T female students, behind-the-scenes tour of the Henry Doorly Zoo and even a Maverick hockey game.
What does it cost? 
Nothing! Meals, transportation around Omaha, lodging – it’s all free.
Menor teachers will receive a $500 stipend.
Who is eligible? 
Students must be in 8th or 9th grade at the beginning of the 2013 school year, have parent permission and be nominated by a teacher who will also accompany them to the immersion experience.
Application deadline
December 22, 2013
Check out more information here: codecrush.unomaha.edu
Amanda Rucker
University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Information Science and Technology