Applications are being accepted from high school seniors in the District who are interested in attending the National Youth Science Foundation in Charleston, W.Va., June 27 through July 21. The program is free, including travel to and from West Virginia.

The camp, a nationally competitive, residential science education program, admits students during the summer after they graduate from high school. Applications may be downloaded at www.sboe.dc.gov. The deadline is Friday, March 16, 2012.

Two students are selected from each state, and the District, to participate.

To qualify, applicants must: be available for the entire length of the program, have superior academic skills, including in math and science and have a record of leadership skills through school and community The program emphasizes hands-on small-group learning experiences, and includes an outdoor adventure program and a lecture series with visiting scientists across a wide spectrum of disciplines, such as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who share up-to-date research with participants.

For further details about eligibility requirements or other information, contact Jamikka Kendrick at the D.C. State Board of Education at 202-741-0888; or D.C. State Board of Education Member and Selection Coordinator Mary Lord at 202-257-3226.