The NYSC Academic Program consists of the following components:
- Lecture: A 50- to 75-minute presentation to the entire delegation followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. A lecture is usually a thought-provoking presentation of a scientist’s work and the relation of that work to society. Lectures often spur informal conversations between delegates and lecturers during meals and free time.
- Directed Study: A hands-on, interactive small group experience. Directed studies last 60 to 75 minutes on each of three consecutive days. They are frequently investigative in nature and provide opportunities for full student involvement. During the study, the presenter provides a model and a close guiding hand. The participants are able to pose questions, develop conceptual understanding through exploration, and draw conclusions.
- Seminar: Seminars are informal 45-minute presentations or group discussions that provide an opportunity for interaction and sharing among the participants. Unlike a directed study, a seminar concludes at the end of a single meeting. The presenter may choose from a wide range of topics which may include technical subjects, hobbies, philosophies, and personal experiences. Generally guests are invited to present directed studies or lectures and volunteer to present seminars spontaneously.
- Delegate Presentations: Delegates who attend the NYSC are not required to produce projects while they are in session. They are, however, afforded the opportunity to share their high school research projects with their fellow delegates.
- Delegate Seminars: Delegates are also invited to share less-formal topics through versions of the traditional NYSC afternoon seminar.