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NYSCAA 58th Reunion - October 9, 2021

Join us for the 2021 NYSCAA Reunion
on October 9, 2021! We are going virtual!
[ Reunion Home | Registration | Facebook Event Page ]

Each year the NYSCAA hosts an NYSCamp reunion to celebrate the collective experience of science camp. However, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 NYSCAA Reunion will be a hybrid virtual and (optional) local in-person experience. We want to let you connect with new and old friends, in person or virtual, as you desire, without making you spend too much time on screen. There is no cost to attend the reunion this year. Register today!

Below is the schedule of events which all science camp alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 – Virtual Reunion

The Zoom link will be sent to your email closer to the event.

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST Annual Business Meeting
  • 8:00pm EST - Whenever Social Hour(s)

Saturday, October 23, 2021 – Mole Day!

Wear science camp merchandise! Maybe find an alumni in the wild ... and tell us about it!

We encourage you to plan a meet up with your local science camp alumni! Whether you meet with one other person or a group, we want nearby camp folks to get and stay connected. We hope to facilitate these groups meeting one another before, during, and after the Virtual Reunion date.



2021 NYSCAA Election Results

Welcome to Our New NYSCAA Officers
Spruce Knob, West Virginia (Photo Credit: Matthew Pintar)

The 2021 NYSCAA election results are in. Please welcome your new officers:

  • President-Elect: Amit Garg (NE 1994)
  • National Secretary: Jay Blanchard (LA 1977)
  • National Treasurer: Chelsea Maher (AL 2010; Staph 2014-2015)
  • Members of the Board of Advisors (BOA): Alex McPherson (WV 2007; Staph 2010) and Ashton Nicewonger (SC 2013; Staph 2015-2016, 2018, 2021)


Past Events

Jan 24th Webinar with Raj Madhok, MD on The Art and Science of Magic

Raj Madhok Photo

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm EST

Watch the video replay on YouTube!

Raj Madhok, MD (ND 1977, Staph 1978-1981) will present on The Art and Science of Magic. Peer behind the curtain into the world of magicians and discover how science, the arts, and magic are intertwined plus experience some onscreen magic as well!

Raj is a physician by day and magician by night. He has practiced dermatology in Minneapolis for the last 32 years. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and completed his dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic.


Nov 7th Webinar with Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt on Molecular Engineering – building new molecules for new challenges (and how you can help cure COVID-19)

Karla-Luise Herpoldt Photo

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm PST (6:00 pm EST)

Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt (Germany 2006, Staph ‘08+, Presenter ‘14+) will present on Molecular Engineering – building new molecules for new challenges (and how you can help cure COVID-19). Karla-Luise is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Protein Design at the University of Washington. Here she designs and builds proteins which don’t exist in nature and uses them to tackle problems in chemotherapy delivery and to build vaccines to prevent the world’s most vulnerable children from dying from something as simple as diarrhea. She has a Master’s in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Imperial College London. Karla is a keen educator and science communicator who has lectured internationally. She is particularly passionate about encouraging young women in science, both through mentorship and policy work on an international level.



NYSF Collaboratory

The NYSF has created a new online social destination, NYSF Collaboratory, to help connect alumni, presenters, staff, and donors who support the mission of the NYSF to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in STEM.

Use the NYSF Collaboratory to:

  • Connect: Engage old friends and make new as you connect with NYSCamp delegates, staff, and presenters from yesterday and today.
  • Mentor: Further the mission of the NYSF by providing knowledge, advice, and career development resources to current students, delegates, staff, and recent alumni.
  • Expand: Broaden your professional STEM network by connecting with others who share similar educational background, passion, and experience.
  • Engage: Remain an active member of the NYSF community by sharing photos, information and updates, interacting with others, and attending alumni social and professional events.

You can join the NYSF Collaboratory with your own email address or existing LinkedIn or Facebook account; you control your own privacy settings. The NYSF will distribute invitations to alumni using information currently held in the NYSF’s alumni database; you can join now at https://nysfcollaboratory.org.


Reunion 2003 Group Photo
Reunion 2003 Group Photo at Camp Pocahontas (7/5/2003)

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*Note: “Staph” is the traditional spelling for the National Youth Science Camp staff to highlight their infectious enthusiasm!