Students Attending SURE-STEP at SWOSU


Eighteen students who have already graduated from high school and will be attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford this fall are part of a month-long program that is designed for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Supporting Undergraduate Research and Education—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (SURE-STEP) is being held June 5-30 on the SWOSU campus.

SWOSU, in association with four other Oklahoma universities, was awarded a $2 million grant over a five-year period by the National Science Foundation to support the program, according to faculty sponsor Dr. Brian Campbell.

During the four-week summer-bridge program, students have been attending lecture and laboratory courses designed to promote success with STEM material. Students are trained in skills necessary to cope with college studies like time management and study skills. Room and board for the program is being provided by SURE-STEP, so the students are given an opportunity to experience college and campus life first hand.

Students who are participating in the summer program and attend SWOSU during the 2006-07 year are awarded six credit hours of tuition for the two semesters plus a $500 stipend each semester for their first year of college study. 

Attending the SURE-STEP program are:


  • BURLINGTON- Emily Renyer and Laura Feeley.


  • AMBER- Kealee Dunn
  • CHOCTAW- Morgan Brewer
  • CLINTON- Lori Shaddon
  • ELK CITY- Lindsay Oppel and Nicole Thomas
  • GUTHRIE- Nikkita Bagwell
  • JONES- Stephanie Floyd
  • MCALESTER- Hailee McDaniel
  • OKLAHOMA CITY- Abigail Ntreh and Danielle Shanabarger
  • OOLOGAH- Angela Foust
  • TUTTLE- Christina Shipman
  • WOODWARD- Sarah Fanning
  • YUKON- Kristi Novak


  • CHILDRESS- Jennifer Nelson and Jessica Nelson.