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March 27, 2014 - 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 the exciting and varied fields of math and science at the free 2014 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 20 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in June, July and August. Thirty-one 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 are key ingredients to a brighter future in Oklahoma. The State Regents’ Summer Academies program provides Oklahoma middle and high school students the opportunity to explore new and exciting career options while experiencing a college campus,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “This program offers young people the chance to study with college professors and explore hands-on learning activities beyond those available in a traditional classroom.”

More than 17,000 Oklahoma students have attended Summer Academies since 1990. Seventy-three percent of Summer Academies students go to college immediately after high school, compared to 48.9 percent of all high school seniors in Oklahoma. While in college, Summer Academies students are more academically prepared than their peers, requiring one-third fewer remedial courses than all other students. More than 80 percent of Summer Academies students earn at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 28 percent of all Oklahomans who go to college immediately after high school.

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

Connors State College, Warner

East Central University, Ada

Langston University

Murray State College, Tishomingo

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Enid

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Seminole State College

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant

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