College students can dig deep into Oklahoma at Summer Policy Institute

The third annual Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will bring together Oklahoma college students with leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations.

The SPI will be held August 2-5 at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center. Applications to attend the event are due by Tuesday, May 26. Spots are available for Oklahoma undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least 24 credit hours. Students attending college out-of-state are eligible if they graduated from an Oklahoma high school. Full and partial scholarships will be offered as needed to help students cover the costs of the program.

The SPI is hosted and led by Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-profit policy research organization based in Tulsa.

“Every year we’re impressed by the knowledge and passion of our Summer Policy Institute students,” said OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt. “And we’re excited about the strong program we are putting together for this year.”

The event helps a diverse group of students become better informed about the most important Oklahoma policy issues, network with Oklahoma leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields. Panels and keynote presentations discuss topics such as political leadership, campaigns and elections, and the nuts and bolts of Oklahoma’s budget and tax system.

“Through my participation in SPI, I learned about the legislative process, education policy, criminal justice reform, and the history of Tulsa’s Greenwood district,” said 2014 SPI student Drew Capps. “I also had the opportunity to converse with State Treasurer Ken Miller, House Minority Leader Scott Inman, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO Nico Gomez, and many other key figures involved in Oklahoma state policy.”

For more information about the Summer Policy Institute and to apply to participate, go to



Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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