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March 20, 2015 - Applications Now Accepted for Free Summer Academies on College Campuses  RSS feed

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This summer, middle and high school students can experience life on a college campus while exploring exciting and varied fields of study at the free 2015 Summer Academies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The academies, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, are open to upcoming eighth through 12th graders. Each academy explores the latest trends in science, technology, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities and innovative software as students experiment both in the classroom and outdoors. Many academies also include field trips to some of the state’s top companies, science facilities and museums.

The academies will be offered at 17 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in May, June, July and August. Twenty-six different academies will be offered statewide and last from four days to two weeks. Some academies require students to live in the campus residence halls, while others require that students travel to and from campus each day.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are key ingredients to a brighter future in Oklahoma. Nationally, Oklahoma is ranked 17th in STEM job growth,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The State Regents’ Summer Academies program provides Oklahoma middle and high school students the opportunity to consider new and exciting career options in a college campus environment. This program offers young people the chance to study with college professors and explore interactive learning opportunities beyond those available in a traditional classroom.”

More than 17,000 Oklahoma students have attended Summer Academies since 1990. Students who attend Summer Academies are more likely to go to college immediately after high school, require less remediation and earn a bachelor’s degree at a higher rate than other students.

Applications are now being accepted for the academies, and many have deadlines. Because the academies are free and enrollment is limited, students are encouraged to apply early. To qualify, students must be entering eighth through 12th grade this fall. Officials emphasize the academies are not exclusive to top students, but instead are designed to give all students an opportunity to increase their interest and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math and, ultimately, expand their career and educational aspirations.

Academy descriptions and contact information are available at www.okhighered.org/summer-academies. Students can also get information from their school counselors or by calling (800) 858-1840.

Academies offered this summer include:

Cameron University, Lawton

Connors State College, Warner

East Central University, Ada

Langston University

Murray State College

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Seminole State College

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

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha

The University of Tulsa