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February 18, 2003 :: Robotics and Veterinary Medicine Among Free Summer Academies in Math and Science

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Oklahoma middle and high school students can take a voyage in math and science this summer by building a robot, exploring human-animal interactions or using DNA to solve a crime. It’s all part of the 2003 Summer Academies in Math and Science coordinated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Students can begin their voyage online by visiting Oklahoma higher education’s Student Center at www.okhighered.org/student-center.

Designed for students who will be entering the eighth through 12th grade this fall, the annual academies immerse students into hands-on opportunities that enhance math and science skills. Students are introduced to fields like architecture, engineering, medicine, forensic science, astronomy, biology, aviation and more. Academies last from one to four weeks and are located on 28 college and university campuses statewide. Depending on the academy, students either stay on campus or commute from home.

Application deadlines vary by academy and are usually due in mid-March. Academies are free, but enrollments are limited, so students are encouraged to check out the descriptions online and submit their applications early. Students can also obtain information by calling 800.858.1840 or through their school counselor.

“Summer Academies are an exciting introduction to professions and fields that use math and science daily,” said Chancellor Paul Risser. “Improving math and science skills is an important mission of Oklahoma education, and summer academies advance that goal by developing career interest among students and showing them the benefit of higher-order thinking skills and a college degree.”

“Academies give students the chance to interact with professionals, scholars, mathematicians and scientists all while gaining a valuable college experience,” said State Regents Chairman Carl R. Renfro. “Students, educators and parents have witnessed this value and each year our office is inundated with requests for academy information long before it is ready, a testament to the quality of these programs. Programs of similar nature offered elsewhere could cost families hundreds of dollars.”

Public and independent colleges and universities compete to host the academies each year by submitting proposals to the State Regents. The requests are then reviewed by a committee of educators, representing both common and higher education, and sent to the State Regents for final approval. Using the recommendations, the State Regents approved 45 programs for 2003. The programs are funded through an appropriation by the 2002 Oklahoma Legislature.

Academies offered this summer include:

Connors State College, Muskogee

East Central University, Ada

Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton

Langston University, Langston

Murray State College, Tishomingo

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva

Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University Technical Branch – Okmulgee

Oklahoma State University – Tulsa

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and Rogers State University, Claremore

Rose State College, Midwest City

Seminole State College, Seminole

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee

Tulsa Community College, Tulsa

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

University of Oklahoma, Norman

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City

University of Oklahoma – Tulsa Schusterman Center

The University of Tulsa

Western Oklahoma State College, Altus