Summer Science & Mathematics Academy Coming to SWOSU


Southwestern Oklahoma State University will again host an annual Summer Science & Mathematics Academy (SSMA), funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, on the Weatherford campus starting July 15 and continuing until July 27.

Dr. Brian Campbell, director of the SSMA for the past 15 years, says the two-week camp is designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to university life. The students take courses, live in the university residence halls and eat meals in the cafeteria.

SWOSU’s SSMA is one of the longest-running academies in the state.

“We are very proud of the program,” Campbell said. “It is one of the elite summer academies in Oklahoma.”

For the first part of the camp, students will participate in lecture classes in the morning and then head to the laboratory in the afternoon. Beginning the second week, students will be split into two-person teams to work on a problem in a specific area of study. The campers will compete against the other teams to develop the best solution. On the last day of the camp, the students will present their research. Faculty members evaluate the presentations and reward the winners.

This year’s faculty includes: Dr. David Esjornson – Chemistry; Dr. Thomas McNamara – Mathematics; Dr. Warren Moseley – Computer Science; Dr. Lisa Appeddu – Biology; Dr. Brian Campbell – Planetary Science; Dr. Tony Stein – Physics; and Rocky Powell – Health & Wellness.

The academy takes up to 32 students and they must be residents of Oklahoma. For more information, contact Campbell at 580.774.3118 or email at