With long-term funding approved recently by the Kansas
Legislature, efforts are under way to launch the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which will become home to the brightest high school students from across the state beginning in fall 2009.
    Based on successful programs in Missouri and Texas, KAMS will be an early-entry-to-college academic experience for exceptional high school juniors and seniors, who will live on the campus of Fort Hays State University and receive college-level instruction by Ph.D. faculty.
    As part of the effort to develop the academy, a series of sessions will be conducted around the state to gather input from educators, parents, prospective students and the general public. The sessions will address the proposed academic program, admissions requirements, student development opportunities and other key topics. The meeting dates and times include a session from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 10 at Garden City, and a second session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Dodge City.
    Everyone is welcome at the sessions, but registrations are required. Please
visit the KAMS Web site and register directly online at http://kams.fhsu.edu/meetings.php, or contact KAMS directly at (785)
628-4690 or kams@fhsu.edu for more information.
    The Kansas Board of Regents selected Fort Hays State University through a competitive selection process as the host site for the academy, and a development team has spent the last six months designing the program.
    KAMS will begin recruiting students in fall 2008, with an anticipated first class of 40 Kansas high school juniors enrolling in fall 2009. Prospective students must have completed at least two years of high school with distinction in mathematics and science. However, outstanding academic achievement is not the only criterion for acceptance.
    KAMS is looking for students with drive, interest, maturity and personal
and family commitment. Students will receive hands-on research experience
supervised by Ph.D. scientists, 72 hours of college credit and co-curricular and extra-curricular development opportunities in a safe residential environment.