Vivian Van

Vivian Vo Van

Vivian Van

State/Country: Mississippi
Hometown: Winona
High School: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
College Plans: Brown University
Major: Biomedical engineering
Professional Plans: Orthodontist
Interests: Gardening, Music, Cards, Hiking, Reading, Cooking/Baking, Exploring
Activities: Band, Student Government, Tennis, Student Emissary
Honors: Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club



Press Release

Van Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Vivian Van, a graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science represented Mississippi at the National Youth Science Camp.  Van 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.

Van shared, “NYSC has shown me the ways to handle information and make ethical and thoughtful opinions about it. Instead of blindly accepting the information given, I feel confident to question things.”

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

Van plans to attend Brown University of Rhode Island in the fall, to study Biomedical 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