Summer Gifted Studies Program


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June 19-24, 2016

Grades 4-8

The Summer Gifted Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for intellectually gifted
students in grades 4 through 9 with intelligence quotients of 121 or above on an individually administered
test or who score in the 91st percentile or above at the national level on an achievement test. The program
enhances the cognitive abilities of gifted students through planned enrichment/acceleration activities. Content
areas are combined with processing skills to enable students to explore a wide variety of topics. Students
will be housed in dormitories on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Instructional activities will be conducted in classrooms and laboratories on campus. Recreational activities
and cultural events will be included. Tuition includes room, board, recreational and cultural activities, and
limited accident insurance.

Class Descriptions

Galaxy Hunters  

Explore the classical and dwarf planets, faraway galaxies, stars and dark matter. Learn how black holes work, what causes a supernova, and discover other celestial objects in space.


How to Be a Detective

Learn how to think like a detective and solve musteries using scientific, inductive, and deductive reasoning.  Students conduct investigations using hand-on methods and by using critical thinking skills and conducting experiments. Careers in related fields will be explored.


Designing Games 

Students will examine classic games like Scrabble, Chess and Monopoly and their structures. Using skills, strategies and multiple intelligences, students will invent their own new and exciting game to take home
and share.


Students will analyze their world and brainstorm inventions that would improve their lives. They will then create their own inventions by building something new or making something better and learning how to market
their own inventions through the use of creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Gods of Olympus

Do you like Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan? If yes, you will love this class! Students learn and analyze Greek mythologies and explore the 12 major Greek gods and goddesses. Using their creative, artistic and critical thinking skills to understand the relationship between myths, cultures and societies, students will assess their impact on today's world. As a culminating activity, students create their own myths and gods or goddesses.


This is an inquiry-based, hands-on STEM unit from National Geographic.  Students will explore science, engineering, circuits, simple machines, algorithms, and apply the knowledge and concepts to robotics and designing and building their own robot.

Simple Machines, Science and Lego Engineering

(Grades 4-6) Students will examine simple machines, their parts such as levers, axles, planes, forces, wedges, pulleys, gears, and how they help humans. Using creativity, math, and science, students will engineer a people-mover.

Business Leaders

(Grades 6-8) Students will learn about the types of companies they can start now or in the future to start their own businesses.  They will learn the fun and exhilaration of being entrepreneurs.  Skills in developing a business plan, public relations, planning, decision-making, budgeting and money management will be developed and enhanced.


U. S. History

(Grades 6-8) Explore the history of the United States of America in the 1950s by studying arts, literature and personalities of the time.  Discover the beginning of Rock 'n Roll with Elvis Presley, influential TV shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, the Cold War and the atom bomb, Jackson Pollack, Martians, and how desegregation and fear shaped the 1950s.


Exceptionally Talented 

Robots - ET

This is an inquiry-based, hands-on STEM unit from National Geographic.  Students will explore science, engineering, circuits, simple machines, algorithms, and apply the knowledge and concepts to robotics and designing and building their own robot. Students must have a score of 137 or higher on an individual administered IQ test to qualify for this class.  



The total cost of $600.00 includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities and limited accident insurance. Civic organizations and businesses may sponsor a student. Contact with such groups should be made directly by the teacher, school counselor, administrator or parent. Limited financial aid is available based on need.

  • Financial Aid Deadline is March 23, 2016
  • Application Deadline is March 23, 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance April 1, 2016
  • Payment and Forms Deadline April 29, 2016 


For additional information about the Summer Gifted Studies Program, please write Director,Summer Gifted Studies Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5123, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001, or call 601.266.5236 or 601.266.5246, or e-mail