Summer Policy Institute

The 2015 Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will be held August 2-5, 2015 in Tulsa. We will begin accepting applications on March 18th, 2015 and the deadline to apply is May 26th, 2015.

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What is it?

The Summer Policy Institute brings together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience. SPI offers participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields.

The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy, a Tulsa-based think-tank that produces timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas on state policy issues, guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.

Who can participate?

The Institute is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at an Oklahoma college or university, or graduate from an Oklahoma high school, who has completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit. Participants in the Institute are chosen by a competitive application process aimed at selecting students with strong academic training, diverse experiences, and a clear interest in the study and practice of public policy. Particular emphasis is given on selecting a class of participants from a range of educational institutions, fields of study, and geographic and cultural backgrounds.

Program tuition is $325 for commuters or $400 for those staying in University of Tulsa housing. Financial assistance will be available if necessary.

The Program

The Institute involves a combination of seminars, panels, workshops and keynote addresses involving leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations. Subjects include Oklahoma’s legislative process, state budget and taxes, education, poverty and opportunity, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on an interactive group project. For a better idea of the program, you can scroll down to view past years’ agendas.

Click here to apply to the 2015 Summer Policy Institute

Previous Years


SPI_2014_LogoKWGS made available audio from many of the 2014 Summer Policy Institute panels and discussions. Download the recordings here.

Click here for the 2014 agenda.




KGOU made available audio from the 2013 Summer Policy Institute panel discussions. Here are the recordings that have been released:

Poverty and the Safety Net

GOP Takeover in Oklahoma Explained

Economic Development: Where the Jobs Are

Click here for the 2013 agenda.