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UTA to host 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for area middle school students

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Dr. Bernard Harris gives advice to student campers during his foundation's 2016 camp at UTA.

The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp June 11-23. 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 at

While living on the UTA college campus for two weeks, these future innovators will have an all-expenses paid STEM learning experience and mentorship from Dr. Bernard 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.

“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. Bernard Harris, president of The Harris Foundation and the first African-American to walk in space. “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.”

UTA Dean of Science Morteza Khaledi underlined the importance of these camps to help generate students that are interested in STEM to provide the next generation workforce in the North Texas region.

“UTA is a 21st century urban research university that thrives on innovation,” said Morteza Khaledi, dean of UTA’s College of Science. “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.”

In existence since 2006, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps have served more than 12,583 students at colleges across the country. The camps are sponsored through a partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

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. Visit to learn more.

About the College of Science

The UTA College of Science is addressing the nation’s pressing need for a larger and better-prepared STEM work force. The College has 42 undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in six departments and is equipping future leaders in science through award-winning classroom teaching and lab training. The College’s internationally acclaimed faculty is leading the way in innovative research and is finding solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. Visit to learn more about how the College of Science is changing the world through education and research.