Texas Tech Hosts ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Camp

The university has been selected as one of 20 universities to host this Texas Tech alumnus' summer camp.

Texas Tech University was selected as one of 20 universities across the country to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Bernard Harris, a Texas Tech Health Sciences Center alumnus and the first African-American to walk in space, is the camp’s founder.

The camp is scheduled for July 6-17 on the Texas Tech campus.

One thousand middle-school students will be selected to attend the camps across the country, where they will be immersed in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning.

“The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) is thrilled that Dr. Bernard Harris will serve as a mentor for the camp,” said Heather Martinez, director of IDEAL. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to highlight educational and career fields in STEM, but also to introduce Texas Tech to students in this program and show them why we say that from here, it’s possible.”

During the camp, students live on campus and participate in interactive, research-based classes taught by university faculty, secondary teachers and other professionals. Campers also can visit local museums, nature centers and ecosystems to discover science in the community.

Local professionals will visit the camp to talk to students about career options in STEM fields.

Since 2006, more than 8,700 underserved students have participated in this program.

Eligible applicants must be entering, sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall of 2014. Additional information regarding application requirements and camp-specific submission instructions are available at www.theharrisfoundation.org.


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