Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Announces Summer Program Schedule
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies will offers training and enrichment programming throughout this summer for students with leadership potential and those with promise for future academic success.

Programs and their schedule include:

• Leadership Studies Program June 13 – 18

The Leadership Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for students in grades six through 11 who have a desire to develop and enhance their leadership abilities. It is a three-stage program, including Leadership I, II and III. Students will be housed in dormitories on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus and tuition includes room, board, recreational activities and limited accident insurance. 

Leadership I is a program with specific emphasis on leadership skills. Training will include those areas necessary for leadership development, including:  fundamentals of leadership, written and oral communication, group dynamics, problem solving, planning, personal skills and decision making. Avenues for becoming leaders in the schools, communities, and religious affiliations will be utilized to heighten the awareness and development of leadership potential. 

Leadership II is a continuation of the program, with Leadership I as a prerequisite for entry. It is an intense study to further develop leadership concepts and qualities.  Emphasis is placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training, and situational leadership.

Leadership III is an extension of the program, with Leadership II as a prerequisite for entry.  Training will focus on the legal aspects of leadership, responsibilities of various positions of leadership, developing personal power, and leadership for the future. The students also have the opportunity for informal interaction with adult leaders. Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.

• Summer Gifted Studies Program June 20-25

The Summer Gifted Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for intellectually gifted students in grades four through eight with intelligence quotients of 120 or above on an individually administered test or the 90th 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 on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and instructional activities will be conducted in its classrooms and laboratories.  Recreational activities and cultural events will be included, based upon availability. Tuition includes room, board, recreational and cultural activities and limited accident insurance.
Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.

• Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth July 4-23

The Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, a three-week residential program, is designed for students in grades seven through 10 who qualify based on SAT or ACT results. 

A variety of intensive, fast-paced courses will be offered, such as mathematics, including Algebra I and II; geometry; trigonometry; calculus and modern analysis; physics; human anatomy/physiology; marine biology; forensic science; polymer science; political science; psychology; criminal justice; creative writing; and debate. 

The program is designed to include appropriate academic, cultural, and recreational experiences.  Southern Miss offers this program through cooperative efforts with the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Tuition includes the instructional program, books, room and board, recreational activities, and limited accident insurance. Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.

For more information about these programs and how to register your child, contact the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at 601.266.5236; or online, visit www.usm.edu/gifted

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.