Aspiring Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Wanted for the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps

  • Middle-school students encouraged to apply to camps held on college
    campuses across the country
  • Activities encourage science, technology, engineering and math
  • Two-week, all-expenses paid residential offerings designed to reach
    promising students

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the 12th consecutive year, ExxonMobil Foundation and Dr.
Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space,
will sponsor summer science camps at colleges across the United States.
Applications are now open for middle school students aspiring to study
science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) while experiencing life
in college.

“STEM careers offer wonderful opportunities and open doors for students
who choose them. The camps serve to encourage and inspire the creativity
and enthusiasm in students who are interested in STEM,” said Dr. Harris,
president of The Harris Foundation. “My goal with the camps is to
empower the next generation of innovative thinkers, particularly those
who may be socio-economically disadvantaged and have limited exposure to
available options for careers in STEM.”

The camps are sponsored through a partnership with the ExxonMobil

“Building the next generation’s workforce is of critical importance to
our industry,” said Ben Soraci, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation.
“Dr. Harris is an outstanding role model, and his camps provide an
excellent opportunity for students to gain an appreciation for the STEM
fields and to experience problem-solving and close teamwork.”

While living on a college campus for two weeks, these future innovators
will receive an all-expenses paid learning experience and mentorship
from Dr. Harris and ExxonMobil engineers. Students will also participate
in interactive, project-based classes, meet university faculty and
students, and learn from secondary school teachers and STEM educators.
Their camp experiences will also include experiments, museum visits and
hands-on learning opportunities.

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps have served more than
12,500 students at colleges across the country since 2006.

This year’s university hosts are in Alaska, Arkansas, New Jersey, New
York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. Eligible
applicants must be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall
of 2017. Additional information regarding application requirements and
camp-specific submission instructions are available at

Camps in the summer of 2017 will be hosted at the following universities:

Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas)
New Jersey Institute of
Technology (Newark, N.J.)
North Carolina Central University
(Durham, N.C.)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.)
University (Philadelphia, Pa.)
University of Alaska Anchorage
(Anchorage, Alaska)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little
Rock, Ark.)
University of Houston (Houston, Texas)
of Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.)
University of Texas at Arlington
(Arlington, Texas)

About The Harris Foundation

Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit
organization based in Houston, whose overall mission is to invest in
community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. The
foundation supports programs that empower individuals, in particular
minorities and the economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to
recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.

The education mission of The Harris Foundation is to enable youth to
develop and achieve their full potential through the support of social,
recreational and educational programs. The Harris Foundation believes
students can be prepared now for the careers of the future through a
structured educational program and the use of positive role models. More
than 50,000 students have participated and benefited from THF programs.

About the ExxonMobil Foundation

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon
Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) in the United States. The foundation and
corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance
education, promote women as catalysts for economic development and
combat malaria. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to
improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education
levels. In 2015, the ExxonMobil Foundation together with Exxon Mobil
Corporation, its divisions and affiliates along with employees and
retirees, provided $268 million in contributions worldwide.


for The Harris Foundation
Kim Quirk, 214-373-1601