The Young Nebraska Scientists (YNS) program was founded in 2008 to
provide exciting STEM enrichment activities for middle and high school
students. YNS summer science camps at Nebraska colleges and universities
integrate the research themes of current Nebraska EPSCoR grants. YNS
also sponsors summer research internships in university laboratories for
high school students.
At YNS camps, Nebraska students learn through engaging,
active-learning style experiences and experience life on a college
campus. The high school research program offers students an extended,
paid taste of the camaraderie and focus of a university research team.
High school researchers work alongside mentors and other members of a research team to accomplish their research tasks.
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
originated as a grant program at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
by an act of Congress in 1978. Nebraska became an EPSCoR state in 1991. Now known as the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, its purpose is to assist states to become more competitive for federal
research grants by providing strategic research infrastructure
investment. EPSCoR/IDeA programs have brought over $308 million to the
state since 1993.
Nebraska EPSCoR is proud to coordinate YNS programs to grow the
state’s STEM resources for greater individual and economic development.