Summer Science & Math Academy Starts Sunday at SWOSU

Southwestern Oklahoma State University will host its annual Summer Science & Mathematics Academy (SSMA) on the Weatherford campus starting June 15 and continuing through June 27.

The SSMA is funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Dr. Brian Campbell, who is in his 16th year as director, said the camp is designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to university life and the fields of study of science, technology and mathematics. The students take courses, live in the university residence halls, and eat meals in the cafeteria.

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

Students will participate in lecture classes, laboratory experiments, and gain hands-on field experience. During the second week, students will participate in a problem solving competition. The camp concludes with an awards banquet on Friday, June 27.

This year’s faculty includes: Dr. Brian Campbell – Planetary Science; Dr. David Esjornson – Chemistry; Dr. Andrea Holgado – Biology; Dr. Thomas McNamara – Mathematics; and Dr. Tony Stein – Physics.

The academy takes up to 25 students, and they must be residents of Oklahoma. For more information, contact Campbell at 580.774.3118 or email at