Jeferson Mendoza

Jeferson Mendoza

Jeferson Mendoza

State/Country: New Jersey
Hometown: Paterson
High School: STEM Academy
College Plans: Dartmouth College
Major: Undecided
Professional Plans: Medical Researcher
Interests: Chess, Movies, Music, Traveling, Reading, Sports, Video games, Hiking
Activities: Student Government, Robotics, College Ready Program, 21st Century Compete for Life, National History Day, Research at Ramapo College, Fairleigh Dickinson University META TEOP Program, Project Manager on Mill Mile Virtual Tour app for the Great Falls National Historical Park
Honors: Valedictorian, National Honor Society, Governor’s School, 2nd Place North Robotics Competition, Martin Luther King Youth Recognition Award by NJCDC, Congressional and NJ Senate and General Assembly Citation for Volunteer Work.

Press Release

Mendoza Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Jeferson Mendoza, a graduate of the STEM Academy represented New Jersey at the National Youth Science Camp. Mendoza 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.

“This is a unique experience for these amazing students and one that can impact them for the rest of their lives. Jeferson is a excellent example of the kind of student who participates and goes on to significant achievements in the STEM fields.” said John Giroir, Director of the National Youth Science Camp.

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

Mendoza plans to attend Dartmouth College of New Hampshire in the fall, to study Medicine.


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