Students from Ada, Allen, Asher and Stratford High Schools have been selected to attend the Upward Bound Math/Science Center this summer at East Central University in Ada. The intensive six-week session is designed to encourage students to think about possible career opportunities in math and science and to enroll in upper-level math and science courses while still in high school.
Students from Ada High School are Stephanie Skinner, Janis Frazier and Robert Frazier, children of Robert and Janis Frazier; Shyla Sanders, daughter of Buddy and Pam Delozier; and Keenan Walls, son of D.J. and Marnie Walls.
Rio Jones of Allen High School is the daughter of Bryan and Cassi Elliot. Asher High School students are Elizabeth Cantwell, daughter of Erin Lemons; Dakota Flanigan, son of David Flanigan and Bill and Christy Frankovich; Dillion McBroom, son of Donald and Marilyn Black; and Jerrod Murray, son of Errol and Trenee Murray.
Selected from Stratford High School are Taylor Hunter, son of Bob and Christi Hunter; and Tiera Nichols, daughter of Don and Tina Nichols.
A total of 60 students from specific counties in Oklahoma, which include Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Hughes, Okfuskee, McIntosh, Garvin and Seminole, are selected for the program. The students will be brought onto the ECU campus to participate in a variety of course work, demonstrations by community business and industry leaders, observations of actual research, educational field trips and job-shadowing activities.
Curriculum is designed to show students that math and science have applications beyond the classroom and that knowledge of these subjects is necessary for a number of career fields. Students will be exposed to courses in math, laboratory science, computer science, technical writing, ACT preparation classes and Russian language. The course levels are assigned to students depending on their readiness.
Job shadowing activities include observing professionals in nursing, respiratory therapy and physical therapy and in the emergency room, wound healing center, rehab center and the laboratory blood bank at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada. They will also observe occupational therapists, a local dentist, optometrists and a veterinarian, and at doctors’ clinics.
The doctors who work as mentors to the students in the clinics are Dr. Chris Gurley, Dr. Robert Cashman, Dr. Courtney Bratton, Dr. Tim Eaker, Dr. William DePrator and Dr. Bruce Hall. Tim Elliott of Childers and Childers Architects also is a mentor. The planned observations at the area clinics and architect’s office allow the participants to see practical applications of math and science.
Field trips include visits to various scientific institutions throughout Oklahoma, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore and Kerr Lab in Ada. The end-of-program trip will be to Branson, Mo.
Students who remain in the program until they graduate from high school are encouraged to enroll at East Central University the summer after their graduation. After successfully completing their college classes at ECU, they will be taken on a grand finale, out-of-state field trip to San Antonio, Texas, to tour the Alamo, University Hospital and the research area of Sea World.
ECU’s Upward Bound Math/Science Center is funded by a $297,035 federal grant as part of the Upward Bound TRIO programs.