High School Students Attend SWOSU SMASH


Sixteen high school juniors and seniors attended the Science and Mathematics Academy for Select High School (SMASH) students June 3-15 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

The academy, funded by SWOSU and a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, was for high ability juniors and seniors. The purpose of the academy is to expose students to the close relationship between science, mathematics, technology and society. And, the program is designed to motivate the participants to pursue higher education and careers in science, mathematics and technology.

During the first part of the academy, the students studied six academic science units offered by the SWOSU Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

The students also participated in an interdisciplinary problem-solving unit directed by SWOSU scientists.

Additional enrichment activities were scheduled throughout the academy.

Participants in this year’s academy were: Anthony Foraker, Blair; Torrie Abramo and Sean Olsen, both of Chickasha; Curtis Garrison, Foss; Bilal Muzaffar, Miami; Jalilsa Haggins, Justin Mayfield, Kristy, Nguyen, Christopher O’Nan, Benjamin Rhodes, Eniola Suleiman and Diana Vu, all of Oklahoma City; Rebekah Panak, Sand Springs; Abigail Coats, Seminole; Chelsae May, Tahlequah; Eamon Gallagher, Tulsa.