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Students Attend SURE-STEP at SWOSU
July 19, 2007
Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford is hosting 15 students at a SURE-STEP program designed to provide an exciting opportunity for high school seniors seeking degrees in biology and chemistry at SWOSU.
Attending the four-week program through August 1 are: Lacey Penland, Beaver: Holley Ladymon, Cement; Ross Lane, Chandler; Kara Doughty, Cordell; Jessica Redd and Brooke Shockey, both of Elk City; Estefany Guzman, Enid; Ashley Hardman, Guymon; Savanah Powell, Mangum; Alexis Verplank, Norman; Mobolaji Immanuel Suleiman, Oklahoma City; Matt Williams, Walters; Tanner Buffington, Weatherford; Anthony Allison, Woodward; and Alyssa Cannon, Yukon.
Students who participate in the summer program, attend SWOSU the following academic year, and maintain all other requirements will be awarded a 6-semester credit hour waiver and a $1,500 stipend each semester for their first year of college study.
SWOSU, in association with four other Oklahoma universities, were awarded a $2 million grant over a five-year period from the National Science Foundation to encourage students to pursue degrees with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Program Director Dr. Brian Campbell said students have lecture and laboratory courses designed to promote success with STEM material. Students are also trained in skills necessary to cope with college studies like time management and study skills.
Participants live in the SWOSU residence halls, eat in the cafeteria and are given an opportunity to experience college and campus life first hand. Room and board for the four-week period is provided by SURE-STEP.
Students will participate in active research in either chemistry or biology during the summer and the 2007-08 academic year.