Contemporary Speakers Program
Where can you find doctors, weather researchers, criminal investigators, aerospace experts, engineers, scientists, military leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials all in one place? At the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics every Wednesday during the Contemporary Speakers Program when experts share knowledge about their professional careers.
During the school’s weekly assembly, current students introduce guest speakers who have careers primarily in the science and math fields. Recruited from across Oklahoma, the speakers address students and leave them with a challenge to find out more about their professional topics, as well as give them ideas about potential career paths.
The intent of the program is to allow students the opportunity to explore professions that make the most of their intense studies of math and science, as well as develop their confidence in interacting with professionals.
- Is OSSM a private school?
No, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature. The school is open to all students across the state who wish to apply during their sophomore year. OSSM is categorized as a state agency. See the Admissions webpage for details and application deadlines.
- What is the tuition to attend OSSM?
There is no tuition for an Oklahoma resident student to attend the school. Room and board are provided by the state. Students may wish to have "pocket money" available for incidentals like school supplies, snack bar items or a weekend trip to a local restaurant, movie theatre, bookstore or mall.
- Who can attend OSSM?
OSSM is open to all Oklahoma students who are entering their junior year of high school. Applications are due in March of the sophomore year. OSSM now accepts nonresident and international students for paying tuition.
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How have OSSM graduates helped Oklahoma's economy?
Of the 1,400+ OSSM graduates since 1992, more than half who have completed a degree and have entered the workforce are working in Oklahoma. Ten of those have started their own businesses in our state. An independent report credits OSSM with a $40 million economic impact in Oklahoma.