The WVYSC Academic Program includes several 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 its societal implications. 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. Delegates work closely with visiting scientists and explore fields they may not encounter in the conventional classroom.
- Seminar: Seminars are informal 75-minute interactive presentations, discussions, or activities. 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.