Summer Gifted Studies Program

 Summer Gifted Studies Program

June 11-16, 2017

group of students working on a project


The Summer Gifted Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for intellectually gifted students in grades 4-8 with intelligence  quotients of 121 or above on an individually administered IQ test. Alternately, students may provide scores at the 91st percentile or above on a nationally-normed  achievement test.  The program enhances the cognitive abilities of gifted students through planned enrichment and 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 Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.  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 activities, and limited accident insurance. 

Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program.  Students interested in receiving scholarships for this program must provide the following:

  • evidence of good standing in their school or learning community,
  • two letters of recommendation from teachers, community leaders, or other non-family members who are aware of the student’s abilities
  • one of the following

a.  One essay: 500 words maximum on the topic, “What does being gifted mean to me?”

b.  A portfolio showcasing creative ability in arts, drama, dance, or music. Each entry must be accompanied by an explanation, written by the student, relating how the entry evidences his or her ability or need for extra opportunities.