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March 12, 2020 - 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 2020 Summer Academies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

STEM Summer Academies, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, are open to rising 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 17 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in May, June and July. Twenty-four different academies will be offered statewide and will 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.

“Our free STEM Summer Academies provide Oklahoma students in middle school and high school the opportunity to experience a college campus environment while exploring careers in the STEM fields,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Students study with top college and university professors and experience hands-on learning in STEM fields beyond traditional classroom settings. We’ve also learned that STEM Summer Academies participants are more likely to attend college, require less remediation and are more likely to earn their college degrees than students who did not attend a Summer Academy.”

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 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 to go on to college when they graduate high school.

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, Ada

Langston University, Langston

Murray State College, Ardmore and Tishomingo

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow and Tahlequah

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Seminole State College

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

University of Oklahoma, Norman

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha

The University of Tulsa