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March 19, 2013

NWOSU offers science camp

ENID, Okla. — A weeklong summer science camp at Alva is being offered at no cost for 30 eighth- and ninth-grade students.

“Exploring the Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction,” will be June 9-15 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alva campus.

Funded by a grant from the Oklahoma State Board of Regents, up to 30 students will be enrolled free of charge.

Participating students will learn concepts of human and animal interaction, as well as its benefits for psychological, physical and emotional health.

They will learn about the role of wildlife in relation to human health, research design and statistical concepts, principles of data collection, observational research, computer use and presentation.

Students also will learn about careers in math and science.

Camp sessions will consist of both lecture and computer skills building.

Hands-on learning experiences will include observational research, a visit to the Equine Therapy Center in Guthrie and a trip to Passow’s Camel Farm in Perry.

Campers will participate in animal-assisted therapy activities, health care activities and testing hypotheses about the benefits of animals on human health.

Lodging will be in Northwestern’s campus housing with 24-hour supervision by a graduate student. Three meals a day will be provided.

Oklahoma students who will be high school freshmen or sophomores in fall 2013 are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is May 3.

Application forms can be found online at

 Applicants need to include a one-page statement on why they want to attend, along with a teacher’s letter of recommendation.

Completed applications can be emailed or mailed to NWOSU-Enid Psychology Department, 2929 E. Randolph, Enid, OK 73701.

For more information, contact Jessica Blanchard at jcblan or (580) 395-0725, or Sherril Stone at or (580) 213-3119.

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