ExxonMobil and Bernard Harris Jr, the first African American to walk in space, will hold a series of free Summer science camps for over 1,500 US students in around 30 universities.
The programme is said to be the largest of its kind in the US and lasts for two weeks. Students typically come from urban districts around the country and are recommended by their teachers based on leadership skills and science and mathematics aptitude.
"ExxonMobil shares Dr Harris's passion for maths and science education," says chairman and chief executive officer ExxonMobil Corporation, Rex Tillerson.
"These camps help students explore beyond their horizons to encourage a life-long love of maths and science and a better future," says Tillerson.
At camp, students attend daily classes in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology, taught by faculty of participating universities and secondary classroom teachers, who receive professional development training.
Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual, team and group projects, weekly field excursions and motivational guest speakers.
Since 2006, almost 4,000 students from across the US have attended ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps.
More information about student eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp website.