September 21, 2014  

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Karnes Center for Gifted Studies to host Annual Summer Programs

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The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual summer youth programs this year in Leadership Studies, Gifted Studies and its program for the Academically Talented on the Hattiesburg campus. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register for the programs soon, as space is limited.

A description of each program follows:

*Leadership Studies Program – June 15 – 20
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.  Students will be housed in residence halls on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.  Tuition, $575, 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:  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. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training, and situational leadership. 

Leadership III is an extension of the program. Training will focus on the legal aspects of leadership, responsibilities of various positions of leadership, developing personal power, and leadership for the future. 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 22 - 27
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 in residence halls on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Instructional activities will be conducted in classrooms and laboratories on the campus. Recreational activities and cultural events will be included, based upon availability. 

Tuition includes room, board, recreational and cultural activities, and limited accident insurance. The cost of tuition is $575. Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.

*Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth – July 6 - 25
The Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, a three-week residential program, is for students in grades seven through 10 who qualify based on SAT or ACT results, and is designed to include appropriate academic, cultural, and recreational experiences. 

A variety of intensive, fast-paced courses will be offered, such as precalculus mathematics, including Algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, and modern analysis; physics; anatomy/physiology; marine biology; forensic science; polymer science; psychology; creative writing; Southern writers and literature; debate; public speaking; mythology; journalism; genetics; human geography; and foreign languages.  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. The cost of tuition is $1,975 and financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.

For more information about these programs and registration, visit the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at www.usm.edu/gifted and click on “Youth Services,” or call 601.266.5236.