ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp @ RPI 2015

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been honored for the 8th consecutive year as one of 20 colleges and universities chosen from across the United States to host a ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC). The EMBHSSC is a free, academic program of The Harris Foundation, which takes an active role in shaping education in students entering grade 6,7 and 8. The program is named after Dr. Bernard A. Harris an accomplished NASA astronaut, physician and entrepreneur; Dr. Harris, the first African American to walk in space, plays an active role in the Summer Science Camp program and other programs for underserved youths.

Science, mathematics and engineering are critical to society’s infrastructure for the 21st century and preserving that future requires an investment in our youth today. Studies have shown that the United States will face a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other technically trained workers in the near future. To help address the nation’s math and science crisis, ExxonMobil is committed to supporting programs and organizations that focus on improving math and science education from pre-school through higher education. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is designed to support historically underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities.

The theme of the 2015 EMBHSSC at Rensselaer is Nanotechnology: It's a Small, Small World. The program is being conducted in partnership with The Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center .

This year's camp will be held from June 21 to July 3, 2015 on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A total of 48 middle school students from the 20-county recruitment area, currently in grades 5, 6 & 7 (and who will be in grades 6, 7 & 8 in 2015-2016) with proven expertise and interest in math and science, and who have successfully completed the application process, will be selected and invited to attend.

To learn about selection criteria for this year's camp at Rensselaer, as well as to download a copy of the 2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp application, click on EMBHSSC@RPI.

For more information, email RPI's camp program director.