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March 10, 2016 - 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 2016 Summer Academies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

STEM Summer 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 on 21 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in June, July and August. Thirty-nine different academies will be offered statewide and last from two 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.

"The STEM fields are key to a brighter future in our state," said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ranks Oklahoma 16th in the nation in STEM job growth, and the number of degrees and certificates conferred in STEM disciplines has increased 28 percent over the last five years. The State Regents’ Summer Academies program provides Oklahoma middle and high school students with a wide range of interactive STEM learning experiences and opportunities to engage academically in a college campus environment."

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

East Central University, Ada

Langston University

Murray State College

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee

Oral Roberts University

Rogers State University, Pryor

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