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March 11, 2011 - Applications Now Accepted for Free Summer Academies on College CampusesRSS feed

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Middle and high school students can spend time at an Oklahoma college or university this summer and experience life on campus while discovering the worlds of aeronautics, engineering, environmental conservation, forensic science and much more at the free 2011 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 16 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in May, June and July. Twenty-three 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.

“Summer Academies provide an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students to experience the college campus environment while discovering new and exciting career choices,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “This program offers young people the chance to study with top professors and explore hands-on learning that exceeds anything they’ve experienced in a traditional classroom. And, all of this is available at no cost to their families.”

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 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 all other students. More than 80 percent of Summer Academies students earn at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 22 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 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

Langston University, Langston

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Northern Oklahoma College, Enid

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Seminole State College

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

Tulsa Community College

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

University of Oklahoma, Biological Station at Lake Texoma

University of Oklahoma, Norman

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City

The University of Tulsa