media release

Summer camp back to prime young Aboriginal minds

April 02, 2015

Veselin Jungic, Department of Mathematics, 778.782.3340,
Diane Mar-Nicolle, Communications Officer, Faculty of Science, 778.782.9586,
Carol Thorbes, University Communications, 778.782.3035,


Once again Grade 8 to 11 Aboriginal students throughout British Columbia have a chance to pursue a summer camp on Burnaby Mountain that is guaranteed to prime them for achieving academic success next fall.

Participants even get paid $20 a day for learning math and other hard sciences. But that’s not just to entice the up to 25 prospective students who can be accepted into the program. (The application deadline is Monday, April 27.)

It’s to compensate them for their commitment of time to giving themselves a leg up on academic, social and cultural learning during sunny, summer days on the mountain.

From July 2 to 31, students will attend daytime classes and engage in a variety of activities that acquaint them with career opportunities.

One of the camp’s goals is to increase Aboriginal student participation, retention and high school graduation rates by providing a more solid foundation in mathematics, science and English, says Veslin Jungic. The adjunct professor of math directs the camp.

“Students need to be successful in these subjects if they want to acquire a post- secondary education. This camp provides an opportunity for students to improve critical academic knowledge, gain self-confidence and experience a university setting. I have been told that it is a life-changing experience for many of the students.“

Jungic predicts the program’s participants, who lined up to get into last year’s inaugural offering, will be as successful as their predecessors who all completed the program successfully.

“A surprising outcome for me was this realization that by improving the mathematical and language skills we were able to actually build a community of young Aboriginal scholars,” says Jungic.

Applications (to be received by April 27) should be scanned and emailed to or mailed to: Summer Camp 2015, The IRMACS Centre, ASB 10905, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Information can be found at

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