Sponsored Programs

Hefner Initiative – OSSM Award

Sponsored annually by the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation

We regret to announce the Hefner Initiative journey to China has been canceled for 2020, 2021 & 2022 due to the COVID-19 situation.

The Hefner Initiatives aim to help build a close and positive relationship between China and the USA.  This approximately 12-day summer program sponsors Junior high school students in America to travel abroad to China.  The Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation believes that this opportunity will not only enhance the China/US relationship in the future but also expand the knowledge and exposure of these young students to a rising and important sector of the world.

OSSM Fine Arts Program

Sponsored for the 2020/2021 School Year by the Kirkpatrick Foundation

Directed by Dr. Kelly Chaves

A visual and performing arts program designed to instill and promote an appreciation of the arts in OSSM students, including classes in specialized areas of art, music, theatre, photography and dance.  (See more)

Summer Science (Teachers) Institute


Sponsored by ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66

Directed by Dr. Mark Li

The ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 Summer Science Institute at OSSM is a high quality week-long residential professional development program for middle school science teachers from all over Oklahoma. (See more)

Summer Math (Teachers) Institute

Sponsored by Sarkeys Foundation

Directed by Professor Sara Marie Bodenstein

The Sarkeys Summer Math Institute at OSSM is a high quality week-long residential professional development program for middle school math teachers from all over Oklahoma. (see more)

Summer Middle School Math & Science Workshops

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Sponsored by The Williams Companies

Directed by Coach Dan Vossen           

Free OSSM Summer One-Day Math Workshops offer middle school students an excellent foundation to master state standards, strengthening skills in general math, pre-algebra, Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II, as well as contest math.  OSSM Science Days introduce students to a wide range of STEM careers through presentations from visiting experts.  (See more & Register Here)


Investigative Research Scholars Program (IRSP)

Directed by Dr. Brent Richards

An intensive, three-week summer program designed for OSSM rising seniors who are selected by OSSM faculty to conduct ongoing research with scientists, engineers, doctors and professors.  (See more about this endowed program)