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March 10, 2010 - Applications Now Accepted for Free Summer Academies on College Campuses  RSS feed

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Middle and high school students can head to Oklahoma colleges and universities this summer and experience life on campus while exploring exciting careers in math, science and technology. Architecture, forensics and “smart sensors” are a few examples of the fields students can explore at the free 2010 Summer Academies in Math, Science and Technology.

The free 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 math, science and technology by using 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 are being offered at 19 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in May, June, July and August. Twenty-nine different academies are offered statewide and last from four days to two weeks. Several academies allow students to live in the campus residence halls, while others let students travel to and from campus each day.

“The free Summer Academies in Math, Science and Technology are an excellent opportunity which every middle and high school student should experience,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “This program enables students to experience educational opportunities on a college campus and provides them with an opportunity to explore a variety of new and exciting careers.”

More than 15,000 Oklahoma students have attended the Summer Academies since 1990. Seventy-three percent of Summer Academies students go to college immediately after high school, compared to 56 percent of all students. While in college, Summer Academies students are more academically prepared than their peers, requiring one-third fewer remedial courses than students. More than 80 percent of Summer Academies students earn at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 50 percent of all Oklahomans.

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 need to 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 math, science and technology, 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

East Central University, Ada

Langston University, Langston

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northern Oklahoma College, Enid

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Redlands Community College, El Reno

Seminole State College

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

Tulsa Community College

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma, Biological Station at Lake Texoma

University of Oklahoma, Norman

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City

The University of Tulsa

Western Oklahoma State College, Altus