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HOUSTON – Energy giant ExxonMobil and Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space, yesterday unveiled the list of 30 universities across the country where The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps will be hosted, allowing more than 1,500 middle school students to participate in the free science camps this summer, the company stated.
"Much in my life has changed since that historic day, but one constant is my passion to make a difference with today's students, especially kids who have similar backgrounds to mine," Harris said in a statement. "This year's summer science camps will give students a chance to learn about mathematics and science, more about themselves and about life on a college campus. Most importantly, campers learn that they have the power to achieve their dreams whatever they may be."
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program offers a two-week, free-of-charge experience for students typically from urban districts who are recommended by their teachers based on leadership skills, and science and mathematics aptitude, the company stated.
At camp, students attend daily classes in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology, which are taught by faculty of participating universities and secondary classroom teachers who receive professional development training.
"ExxonMobil shares Dr. Harris's passion for math and science education," said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp. "These camps help students explore beyond their horizons to encourage a life-long love of math and science and a better future."
The announcement came on the 15th anniversary of Dr. Harris' historic space walk Feb. 9, 1995, while aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Since 2006, nearly 4,000 students from across the country have attended the camps.
Camps will be held for the first time in 2010 at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.; University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage; University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala.; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; and University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo. In addition, camps will return to the following locations:
-- AISES/University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.)
-- Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.)
-- Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio)
-- Delaware State University (Dover, Del.)
-- Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.)
-- Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas)
-- New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, N.J.)
-- Northeastern University (Boston)
-- Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Ill.)
-- Oregon State University (Corvallis, Ore.)
-- Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas)
-- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.)
-- Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.)
-- Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford, Okla.)
-- Temple University (Philadelphia)
-- Trine University (Angola, Ind.)
-- University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, Ark.)
-- University of Houston (Houston)
-- University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Neb.)
-- University of Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.)
-- University of Southern California (Los Angeles)
-- University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
-- University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, Texas)
-- University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)
-- Washington University at St. Louis (St. Louis)
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