University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
April 21, 2010
Contact: Alice Jackson, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6639

Local University to Host 2010 ExxonMobil
Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp


The University of South Alabama has been selected to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp(EMBHSSC), June 13-25 on the USA main campus. The program, held at thirty campuses across the country, is the largest of its kind in the nation and offers a two-week, free-of-charge experience. Students typically come from urban districts around the country and are recommended by their teachers based on leadership skills and science and mathematics aptitude. Forty-eight students will be selected from the pool of applicants to attend the camp at USA.

Who may apply: Mobile and Baldwin County students who will be enrolled in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for the 2010-2011 school year may apply. This program has been designed to give underserved and underrepresented students an opportunity for interactive experiences in the subject areas of natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and technology.

How to apply: The EMBHSSC information brochure and application packet are available:

The application and all related materials must be received no later than Friday, April 23, 2010. Send applications to Marcy Matherne, USA Center for Continuing Education, 2001 Old Bay Front Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36615. Applications which are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered.

About the Camp: The EMBHSSC, EXX-Treme Engineering, will start on Sunday afternoon, June 13 and conclude on Friday afternoon, June 25. This camp is a two-week, free, residential program with students returning to their homes for the weekend that falls during the camp. Students must participate in all camp activities. Before applying for the camp, please be sure that your child’s schedule is free for the full two weeks. Campers will not be excused for any purpose, barring an unforeseen emergency. Students who are selected will be notified no later than May 15. Each day, campers will attend highly-interactive classes in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology, taught by a teaching team of secondary classroom teachers and USA faculty. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual, team and group projects, weekly field excursions and guest speakers.

About Dr. Harris
Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, 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 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 foundation encourages math and science education, motivates youth to stay in school, fosters youth leadership and citizenship, as well as instills the values of responsibility, fairness and respect.

The Harris Foundation believes that students can be prepared now for the careers of the future through a structured education program and the use of positive role models. More than 10,000 K-12 students participate and benefit from THF programs

About ExxonMobil Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.

Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2009, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $235 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $112 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at

For More Information:
For more information on the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp EXX-Treme Engineering, please contact Marcy Matherne, USA Center for Continuing Education at (251) 431-6411 or


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