Summertime in Oklahoma! Mike will be participating in a REU (Research Undergraduate Experience) and the University of Oklahoma this summer. The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) . He'll be working in a lab at the University on a research project all summer.
Now I'm not sure that Oklahoma was his first choice, but he applied to quite a few of them all over the country. And they can be really hard to get, so we are really excited for him! One of his professors taught there for a while and says that he will be in for a warm summer.
The downside of course is that he'll be gone for 9 weeks. He leaves the end of May and won't return until the end of July. I'm going to try and fly out to Norman, OK to visit him for a week or so around the 4th of July. Probably wasn't my first choice for a summer vacation - but I'm sure glad that I it is where I'll be going because it means Mike has this GREAT opportunity!