More than 1,600 students
will receive 21st Century Scholars certificates as recognition for
their participation in the State Regents Summer Academies in Math
and Science. The certificates, signed by both President Clinton
and Secretary of Education Richard Riley were provided by the U.S.
Department of Education through Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness
for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) - a program designed to better
prepare middle and high school students for college.
There are 35 academies being held this su
There are 35 academies being held this summer across the state on 22 college and university campuses. Sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Summer Academies in Math and Science are designed to enhance seventh through 12th grade students' knowledge of math and science by introducing them to new and exciting fields and concepts through hands-on learning experiences.
"GEAR UP is a program that advances community partnerships aimed at strengthening school systems and creating a pathway to college," said Chancellor Hans Brisch. "The Summer Academies are a natural Oklahoma asset to leverage into this program. In addition to fortifying math and science skills, summer academies strengthen student achievement across the curriculum and they give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the college environment."
The Summer Academies last from one to six weeks and depending on the type of program being offered, students either stay on campus or commute from home. Students were able to choose from a variety of challenging and exciting subjects including ecology, molecular biology, statistics, education, astronomy, environmental science, engineering, geoarcheology, architecture, physics, paleontology, robotics, telecommunications, veterinary medicine, encryption, health science professions and plant biology.
"While one of the goals of the Summer Academies is to allow students from all backgrounds to have a college experience, a primary goal is to supplement the studentsí math and science knowledge," said Brisch. "These goals augment the early intervention component of GEAR UP by giving students an opportunity to glimpse how math and science is used in the real world. Through interaction with college professors, field professionals, scientists and mathematicians, students are introduced to new ideas which can be applied when they return to school in the fall and even when they pursue a professional career later."
"We chose to distribute the 21st Century Scholars certificates during the Summer Academies to recognize student achievement as well as reward the students' initiative in spending time this summer exploring college life and learning more about careers in math and science," said State Regents Chairman Bill W. Burgess Jr.
Academies being offered this summer are:
Connors State College, Warner
East Central University, Ada
Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton
Murray State College, Tishomingo
Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa
Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva
Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Enid
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa
Rose State College, Midwest City
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford
Tulsa Community College
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
University of Oklahoma, Norman
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
The University of Tulsa
Western Oklahoma State College, Altus
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with a state GEAR UP grant totaling $20.5 million in August 1999. The grant has been matched by more than $25 million from state and partner resources. With funds totaling $45.5 million, GEAR UP receives 45 percent of total funding from the federal government and 55 percent from other organizations.