Eric Chen

Eric Yujia Chen

State/Country:  South Carolina
Hometown:  Irmo
High School:  Dutch Fork High School
College Plans:  California Institute of Technology
Major:  Computer Science
Professional Plans:  Research
Interests:  Reading, Computer Programming, Web Development
Activities:  Swimming, Math Team, Robotics Team, lead programmer, Volunteering, IT-oLogy, Science Team assistant coach
Honors:  Graduating with honors, Beta Club, AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist, 1st Place Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, South Carolina (2017), American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) Qualifier, AMC12 Honor Roll (2016), 1st Place SC National Chemistry Olympiad Competition (2016)

Press Release

Chen Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Eric Chen, a graduate of Dutch Fork High School represented South Carolina at the National Youth Science Camp. Chen joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.  The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp.  For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

Chen shared, “The NYSC is a great way to promote both science and awareness of how science connects to people. These understandings are essential for the new generation of scientists and communicators.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit

Chen plans to attend the California Institute of Technology in the fall, to study Computer Science.

Eric Chen pictured on far right.


Contact Information:

John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387