Apply now for Cameron University summer science academies

Now is the time for middle school and high school students interested in attending Cameron University’s Science Detectives Summer Academy and NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy to apply for the residential camps. Both academies are free to participating students. Information about each of the camps is presented below. A listing of all Cameron University academic summer camps can be found at

Science Detectives Summer Academy

Date of Camp: June 2-7

Application Deadline: April 16

Ages: Students entering the 8th, 9th or 10th grade in Fall 2013.

A free, residential camp on the Cameron University campus. Chaperones are on duty 24/7. Meals are included. Limited to 40 participants.

This academy asks, “Is there a growing number of organisms developing resistance to antibiotics?” and bridges the gap of talking about science and doing science. Through the course of this academy, students will be introduced to methods of collecting field samples and isolating microorganisms, genetic and DNA analysis of bacteria, and scientific inquiry while living in the dorms on a college campus. Participants will also be provided opportunities to explore biomedical education through Oklahoma Technology Centers, as well as health care careers in a hospital setting.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Science Detectives Summer Academy is a collaborative effort by Cameron's Southwest Area Heath Education Center (SwAHEC), Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Education.

For registration information, call 580-581-2284.

NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy

Date of camp: June 9-14 and June 17-21

Application deadline: April 15

For students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.

A 10-day residential academy where students will live at Cameron for the two-week period. Free to Oklahoma residents. Registration is limited to 24 students.

NanoExplorers will introduce students to the concepts necessary to understand why very small systems exhibit unique behavior. Students will engage in hands-on activities designed to introduce the concepts of nanotechnology and related careers including applications in both chemistry and physics. Activities include the construction of a solar cell, construction of a super conductor train, determination of the crystal structure of a chemical compound, construction of a conductivity device, and an examination of amusement park physics that will include a trip to Frontier City in Oklahoma City. 

Hosted by the Cameron University Department of Physical Sciences, the academy is supported through a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. 

For registration information, call 580-581-2889 or go to


March 19, 2013