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2017 ExxonMobil Summer Science Camp Offered at NCCU for Middle School Students

ExxonMobil Summer Camp @ NCCU

For the 12th consecutive year, ExxonMobil Foundation and Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space, will sponsor all expenses paid summer science camp at North Carolina Central University and 9 other colleges across the country. Applications are now open for middle school students aspiring to study science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and experience college life at the same time.ExxonMobil Summer Camp

  • Middle-school students are encouraged to apply to one of ten camps being held at college campuses across the country
  • In its 12th year, camps serve to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education
  • Two-week residential offerings with all expenses paid designed to reach students of promise

Dr. Bernard Harris“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 Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

“ExxonMobil thrives on creativity and ingenuity to remain a strong global competitor, and building our next generation workforce is of critical importance to the company,” said Ben Soraci, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. “Dr. Harris is an outstanding role model, and his camps provide a vital opportunity for students to experience STEM, problem-solving and teamwork in action.”

While living on a college campus for two weeks, these future innovators will have an all-expenses paid STEM 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. Other offerings include experiments, museum visits and hands-on learning opportunities.

In existence since 2006, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps have served more than 12,583 students at colleges across the country.

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, New Jersey) North Carolina Central University (Durham, North Carolina) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York)

Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) University of Alaska Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, Arkansas) University of Houston (Houston, Texas)

University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma) University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, Texas)

For more information, please contact Dr. DeVetta Holman at 919.949.2184 or E. Rick Copeland at 919.931.6019

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.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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