Summer Academies

This summer, spend time at an Oklahoma college or university and discover the fascinating worlds of aeronautics, forensic science, engineering, environmental conservation and much more!

Summer Academies are FREE!

Be sure to request applications from the contact person listed under the academy you choose. Or call 1.800.858.1840 for more information


A full list of summer academies can be found here:


Read what real academy participants are saying about Summer Academies…

"No field of study has started a fire within me like architecture and interior design has. Your enthusiasm for my ideas and designs was new and exciting for me. The very idea of my mind's eye being projected onto a blank canvas of earth for possibly hundreds of years keeps me awake at night."

"This is the best thing I will ever do this whole entire summer."

"I loved the hands-on experience; it wasn't anything like science class in school."

"College doesn't seem as unimaginable as before. I will definitely be going to college."

"The speaker was very informative - extremely! I really am considering an occupation in my academy's field."

"I really didn't know what biotech was before, and now I really do like it, and I think I would like to explore it more."

"The most interesting thing I learned was meeting new people."

"It really woke me up to what I'm about to take during college…"


  • 26 Summer Academies are available this year at 19 different college campuses across the state.
  • More than 17,000 Oklahoma students have attended Summer Academies since 1990.
  • A greater percentage of Summer Academies students go to college immediately after high school compared to other students.
  • While in college, Summer Academies students are more academically prepared than their peers, requiring fewer remedial courses than all other students.
  • Summer Academies students earn degrees at a higher rate than other students.
  • All Summer Academies, even residential ones where students live on campus, are FREE.

So, what are you waiting for? Check this year's Summer Academies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!  

A full list of summer academies can be found here:



University of Oklahoma, Norman
Starship: Exploration
June 25-30

This academy will give 30 students a taste of solar system exploration through a series of hands-on learning opportunities. The combination of classroom instruction, field experiences and flight time in a Piper Warrior III airplane will offer students an experience that cannot be duplicated. Subject areas such as physics, space exploration, aeronautics, buoyancy and engineering will be woven together to ignite the imagination and inspire each student to explore the possibilities.

Contact: Cassie Eads, Pre-Collegiate Programs,, or visit




Murray State College
2017 MSC Summer College STEM Academy
June 5-9

This academy will provide opportunities for hands-on activities that will help build interest and promote development in the STEM-related fields. The academy seeks to recruit those participants who have expressed and/or demonstrated an interest to learn more in a science-, technology-, engineering- or math-related field of study. Through work-based learning experiences including robotics, field trips, forensics, DNA extraction, rocketry and laboratory work, the academy directors hope to instill a love for STEM-related subjects while also promoting the possible career pathways in STEM-related disciplines.

Contact: Malynda Cobb,, or visit

Oral Roberts University
A Hands-On Program in Mathematics and Science
June 5-9

This academy will provide opportunities for developing skills to learn mathematics and science. Mathematical activities will include code-breaking cryptology and fractal-pattern recognition. Science experiences will include field trips, real-world technologies, rocketry and laboratory work, where students will seek to understand the natural world. The use of problem-solving ideas and project-based learning will integrate these mathematics and science experiences.

Contact: Dr. John Matsson,

East Central University
You Are What You Eat: Isolation and Analysis of Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Lipids in the Biochemistry Laboratory
June 12-16

This academy is a one-week residential program in which participants will perform analytical tests in a biochemistry laboratory focusing on three major classes of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The relation of these biomolecules to nutrition will be emphasized, as well as modern analytical techniques.

Contact: Dr. Charles Crittell,, or Dr. Daniel McInnes,

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Where Does Our Food Come From and How Did It Get There?
Session 1: June 19-23
Session 2: June 26-30

This academy targets students entering eighth or ninth grade who are interested in STEM topics and food. The academy will follow the progress of food from the garden to the kitchen to the pantry for a rainy day. Attendees will learn the science behind the carbonation of bread, nutrients available in food and the presence of proteins in fish samples; go on trips to local farms and food processing plants; and enjoy food-based games and movies as well as mentoring for high school and college.

Contact: Dr. Jeannette Loutsch,, or download an application at

The University of Tulsa, School of Urban Education
Technology Education and Collaborative (TEC)
July 10-15

This residential technology academy is for students interested in GPS and related digital technologies. Students will use handheld GPS receivers for data collection at TU and during field trips and then process the data to create interactive GIS maps. Digital cameras/camcorders will be used for MovieMaker, data from the Internet will be used in Excel, chat rooms and journaling will be done with WebCT, GPS scavenger hunts and geo-caches will use ArcVoyager, and presentations will be done in PowerPoint and Comic Life.

Contact: Dr. David Brown, 918.631.2719, or visit




Cameron University, Lawton
Science Detectives Summer Academy: Heredity at the DNA Level
May 22-26

This academy will provide student "scientists" with the opportunity to better understand the biology involved in forensic investigation. Students will collect evidence from a mock crime scene and learn how to process fingerprints, analyze hair samples, perform ABO blood typing and complete DNA analysis (isolation - examination). Skills taught in a state-of-the-art molecular laboratory during this week-long commuter camp will help students solve the mystery. Teams will present findings at the conclusion of camp. Exposure to health careers during a hospital tour and biomed exploration through Oklahoma Technology Centers will enhance this unique opportunity.

Contact: Lora Young, loray@cameron.edu580.581.2284, Dr. Danyelle Lee, dalee@cameron.edu580. 591.8009, or download an application at

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Emerging and Converging Technologies Summer Academy
June 4-9

Students will apply math and science skills while participating in hands-on lab exercises in seven different programs offered at OSUIT. Participants will have the opportunity to actually go on the job with culinary arts, engineering technologies, visual communications, nursing, information technologies, automotive, and air conditioning/refrigeration graduates. In addition, students experience college life in the dorms. Students will participate in many fun-filled evening activities and investigate the undeniable claim that a college degree will take students where they want to go.

Contact: Angie Been,, Chad Spurlock,, or fax 918.293.4853

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow
Get Green for Blue: Outdoor STEM Investigations Connecting Water to You
June 5-9

Put on your waders, grab your nets, and let's catch those critters! Working in teams, students will collect and analyze data to solve a water quality mystery. Come to Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow and the Rogers County Outdoor Reserve and be a part of this fun, activity-based STEM adventure!

Contact: Dr. Pamela Christol,, or

University of Central Oklahoma
Be an Engineer: Change the World
Session 1: June 5-9
Session 2: June 12-16

This academy offers hands-on activities related to engineering design and applications including power generation, electronic instrumentation and structural safety.  Participants will work in teams to complete science activities, design projects and compete with other teams in a series of contests.  Projects range from steam-powered boats and aircraft design to optimizing cost in safely negotiated bridge designs. A UCO engineering student will guide each team, while faculty members will serve as instructors. Students will also experiment with some cutting-edge technologies including printed circuit board (PCB) and 3D printing machines.

Contact: Ronald C. Miller,, Abdellah Ait Moussa,, or visit