Apply now for Cameron University science summer academies

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

Science Detectives Summer Academy

June 1-6

Deadline for application: April 15

Ages: Students entering the 8th, 9th or 10th grade in Fall 2014.

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 organizations developing resistance to antibiotics?”  During the academy, students will be introduced to methods of collecting field samples, isolating microorganisms, genetic and DNA analysis of bacteria, and scientific inquiry while living in the dorms on a college campus. Samples collected at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be processed in the Biological Sciences’ labs using state-of-the-art equipment and college-level science procedures. Participants will also be provided opportunities to explore biomedical education through Oklahoma technology centers, as well as healthcare careers in a hospital setting. Evening activities include a swim part, game night, and more.

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

For registration information, go to or call 580-581-2284.

NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy

June 8-13 and June 16-20

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 580-581-2309 or go to

Applied Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering Summer Academy

June 22-27

Application deadline: May 1

For middle school girls


The program will introduce aspects within the fields of Science Engineering related to mathematics and aerospace engineering through academic projects that are designed to stimulate creativity and be fun. All project supplies and equipment, instruction by Cameron faculty, lunches, and transportation to scheduled activities during the academy will be provided. Assistance for transportation to and from the campus may be provided, based on need.

The academy is made possible by the James Eddie Phillips Endowed Lectureship in the Mathematical Sciences and the Gerard Paul Laursen and Kay Anne Davis Laursen Endowed Lectureship in the Mathematical Sciences.

For registration information, contact Dr. E. Ann Nalley at 581-2889 or via email at


April 7, 2014