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March 15, 2017 - Applications Now Accepted for Free Summer Academies on College Campuses

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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 2017 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 18 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in May, June and July. Twenty-six different academies will be offered statewide and last from five 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.

“Since 1990, Summer Academies have provided Oklahoma middle and high school students the opportunity to experience the college campus environment while exploring new and exciting career options in STEM,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “This program offers students the opportunity to study with top professors and explore hands-on learning in STEM fields that exceeds anything they’ve encountered in a traditional classroom. Participants in our STEM Summer Academies are more likely to attend college, require less remediation and earn a college degree.”

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 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, Langston

Murray State College, Tishomingo

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

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