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NJIT Receives $80,000 Grant to Host Summer Science Camp

NJIT is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation and Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, to provide funding for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

“NJIT is proud to be a part of a program that has such a significant impact on our local students,” said Suzanne Berliner Heyman. “We believe the knowledge our students gain during the camp will increase their passion for science and math throughout their lives.”

Since 2007, NJIT has hosted the prestigious program.   NJIT is the only New York Metropolitan region location and one of 25 locations around the nation for the two-week, all-expenses-paid camp. Admission has grown increasingly competitive.  This year more than 700 applications were received for 54 spots, which were filled in early April.  Camp starts Sunday, July 10, 2011 and ends Thursday, July 21, 2011.    Harris will visit the camp July 19.   For more information, please visit www.njit.edu/precollege.

Harris is best known for his historic contributions to science as the first African-American astronaut to walk in space and a NASA researcher. Today, Harris dedicates himself to education initiatives that empower students to increase their science, technology, engineering and math skills through his organization, The Harris Foundation.

Since 2006, ExxonMobil Foundation has partnered with Harris to host summer science camps at academic institutions across the country. Each year, the camps provide more than 1,200 middle school students, mostly from urban districts, with the opportunity to participate in engaging lessons and activities provided by NASA and The Harris Foundation. Campers reside on campus for the duration of the program and attend daily classes taught by university faculty and local secondary teachers.

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, promote women as catalysts for economic development, 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 $98 million was dedicated to education.  Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

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 the community through innovative education, health and wealth programs. The foundation supports programs that empower individuals and their communities, in particular minorities and economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to develop and pursue their dreams.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.