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March 14, 2007 :: Applications Now Accepted for Free Summer Academies on College Campuses

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This summer, students can experience life on a college campus while exploring the exciting and varied fields of math and science by attending a summer academy at one of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

The free academies, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, are open to upcoming eighth- through 12th-grade students. Students can choose from 34 academies statewide to study with professors, mentors and industry professionals. The academies last from three days to two weeks, and several allow students to live on campus in the dormitories, while others allow students to travel to and from campus each day.

Summer Academies focus on the latest trends in math and science, providing students the opportunity to learn about different fields such as architecture, forensic science and computer graphics, to name a few. Academies use fun, hands-on activities that allow students to experiment with the latest technologies and use innovative software. Many academies also include field trips across the state, including to some of the state’s top companies, science facilities and museums.

“Summer Academies provide an excellent opportunity for students to experience a college campus while discovering new and exciting career choices in math and science.” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said.

Applications are now being accepted, 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 next year. Officials emphasize the academies are not exclusive to top students and are designed to give all students a more in-depth opportunity to learn that math and science are fun.

Application information and descriptions of the academies are available online at www.okhighered.org/student-center. Students also can get information from school counselors or by calling 800.858.1840.

Public and independent colleges and universities submit proposals to the State Regents office, which coordinates a review by a committee of educators from secondary and higher education. The top proposals are forwarded to the State Regents for final approval. This year’s 34 academies are funded through appropriations to the State Regents by the 2006 Oklahoma Legislature.

Academies offered this summer include:

Cameron University, Lawton

Connors State College

East Central University, Ada

Langston University, Langston

Murray State College, Tishomingo

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northern Oklahoma College, Enid

Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, and Seminole State College

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University Technical Branch – Okmulgee

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Seminole State College

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

University of Oklahoma, Norman

University of Oklahoma Biological Station (near Lake Texoma)

The University of Tulsa

Western Oklahoma State College, Altus