The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp



The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camp hosted at colleges and universities across the nation.  In summer 2017, The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, will host residential camps held during the months of June-August. Each camp provided an average of 40 rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education while living on a college campus – all at no cost to the child or family.


Program model

The core STEM curriculum is integrated with field excursions and other educational experiences that enrich students’ understanding of the practical relationships between classroom work and the real world. Communication and teamwork are integral parts of the students’ camp experience. Evening counseling sessions provide opportunities for discussion of students’ academic, career and social issues. Students engage in an array of extracurricular activities during the non-class time.

Participants and Student Selection Criteria


Each campsite will have 50% female and 50% male participants representing each targeted grade level. Through its innovative, student-centered, inquiry-based curriculum, campers will complete a minimum of 56 hours of advanced STEM study taught by highly qualified educators from area school districts and university faculty.

To be eligible to apply, students should:

• Be members of a traditionally underserved and underrepresented population;
• Be entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2017;
• Have a GPA of at least “B” overall in mathematics and science;
• Score at the median to superior level on standardized mathematics and science tests;
• Write a 250-word essay describing their interest in the camp and STEM;
• Be interviewed, if deemed necessary;
• Have exhibited an interest in mathematics and science; and
• Have strong recommendations from their current mathematics and science teachers.

Map of 2017 Camps

Hover over the markers to see all the EMBHSSC camps for 2017!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a student apply to a camp that is not being held in the state they live in? 

Each University selects the school districts or geographic area(s) to recruit students. Students outside of the selected recruiting areas will not be eligible to apply for a camp. If you have a question about the geographic area for a particular camp, please call the contact person for that university.

When can I send in an application for my child? 

Student Applications will be posted on our website. Each application will provide information on the deadline date for submitting an application as well as where to send the application. 

Are students accepted on a first-come, first-served basis? 

No. After the deadline date for submitting applications, students will be selected based on the criteria listed on this website and the student application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of selected students will receive a letter of acceptance.

My child is currently in the 8th grade. Will my child be eligible to apply to a 2017 camp? 

No. The camp is for students entering grade 6, 7, or 8 in the fall of 2017.

My child attended a previous camp, can s/he apply to attend a camp in 2017?

A student can only attend the camp once unless the campsite elects to use Junior Camp Counselors. Please call the contact person at the host university for additional details.

Will the students be supervised during the camp? 

Yes. The students will be supervised day and night during the camp.

How do I get my child enrolled or registered in the EMBHSSC Program?

Your child must be located in the recruiting area designated by the host university, meet the criteria on the application form and submit the completed application form before the established deadline.

What are the costs involved in attending EMBHSSC?

The two-week camp is provided free of charge to attending students.  Room and board, meals, supplies and camp activities are included as part of EMBHSSC.

If selected, does the child have to attend both weeks of the camp?

 Yes. Students must be able to commit to attending the full two-week camp. Students work in collaborative teams, which are formed during the first week.  A student attending only one week will not fully benefit from the educational experience and it will adversely affect his/her team dynamics. Therefore, students cannot fully benefit from the educational experience if they do not attend both weeks. Finally, the university cannot fill a vacancy for the second week and money spent on supplies, room and board will be wasted.

Why is an EMBHSSC not located in my area? 

The Harris Foundation issues a call for proposals in the fall. Universities interested in hosting one of the camps must submit a proposal and be selected as a host site. If there is not a camp in your area, no university in your area has met these criteria.

For inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Tonya Jeffery, Director of Education
1330 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2550
Houston, TX  77056
Phone:  832.319.7360
Fax:  713.877.8669