Isay Acenas

Isabela “Isay” Santos Acenas

State/Country:  California
Hometown:  Burlingame
High School:  Burlingame High School
College Plans:  New York University
Major:  Earth Science and Environmental Engineering
Professional Plans:  Bring earth science education to indigenous farming communities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands
Interests: TravelingMy House of Love Project: Linking sustainable healthcare to my indigenous community in the Philippines (for children with vector-borne diseases including malaria and the dengue fever), Backpacking, hiking, and camping
Activities:  Weightlifting
Honors:  Presidential Research Scholar by Cornell University, Dean’s Scholar by New York University, Bio-Rad Laboratories Scholar, Professional Businesswomen of California Scholar, Bay Area Jefferson Awardee, Asian and Pacific Islander Hero, CBS 5 News’ Unsung Hero

Press Release

Acenas Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Isay Acenas, a graduate of Burlingame High School represented California at the National Youth Science Camp. Acenas joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM 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.

Acenas shared, “Aside from the exposure to different STEM fields, NYSC prepared me for being surrounded by others who have a similar drive for a similar subject. Now in college I will be ready to communicate effectively and become a catalyst in NYU’s science community.”

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

Acenas plans to attend New York University on a full ride scholarship in the fall, to study Earth Science and Environmental Engineering.


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