A primary goal of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is to educate and train health science professionals within the State of Oklahoma. The OUHSC Office of Community Partnerships and Health Policy supports that mission by facilitating programs that are integral to developing future generations of health scientists with a particular emphasis on those young people from subgroups most likely to be underrepresented in the health sciences fields. Those programs engage students at the elementary, secondary and higher education levels. The efforts of the Office also extend to assisting parents in becoming better advocates for their students and developing partnerships within underrepresented communities.
The Exploring Math and Science Academy (EMSA) is the latest program aimed to provide students with additional, supplemental math and science education with applications to the health sciences.
WHO: Students entering into their 9th grade year that have demonstrated an interest in mathematics and/or science. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The selection of participants for the Summer Academy will be in compliance with the Oklahoma Statutes and other applicable state and federal laws.
WHAT: The Exploring Math and Science Academy (EMSA) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is a stimulating summer experience for students to explore careers in the health sciences. EMSA will provide hands-on laboratory and classroom activities for students which will enrich their math and science knowledge and ability. In addition to activities at the seven OUHSC colleges, students will explore health fields in the community through a day long field trip.
WHEN: EMSA at OUHSC will run for two weeks, June 9-20, 2014. This will be a commuter academy that begins at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. EMSA Applications will not be available on line until March 1st and will not be accepted until March 15, 2014.
WHY: EMSA at OUHSC is designed to make success in college an expected and logical result of high school success for all participants. Nationally, there is a relative absence of African Americans, American Indians, Latinos, females, first generation college students, and students from poverty backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs and careers. Only 4 percent of students from groups underrepresented in the STEM fields graduate from high school with the credentials to enter those fields in college.