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Gifted Studies hosting TIP Awards Ceremony June 1, Readies for Summer Programs

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 10:16am

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg will kick off a spectacular summer schedule Saturday, June 1 with the annual Mississippi Awards Ceremony for Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) honorees. The day will feature an informational session at 11 a.m. for parents and high performing students focused on preparing for college as early as middle school. 

Following time for lunch and explorations of campus, honorees will attend a medal ceremony at Bennett Auditorium for a medal ceremony. These honorees are 7th graders who have scored as well as or better than entering college freshman on the ACT or SAT.

For many years, the Center for Gifted Studies and Duke TIP have collaborated to bring students in Mississippi the exciting, accelerated courses that are known as the Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth. USM is one of only four schools across the nation that share this prestigious relationship with Duke. Students enrolled in the program meet qualifying standards established by Duke, and take courses designed to provide high level academic activities that showcase each participating university's premiere programs of study.

After the awards program, the Karnes Center will begin focusing on hosting its four summer programs for children ages 3 through rising high school seniors. Each program meets the specific needs of a unique group of students.

*The Day Program for Young Gifted Students, held June 10-14, serves children as young as age three through students in 3rd grade, and provides an introduction to creativity training, accelerated content, and collaboration in the classroom. 

*The Leadership Studies Program, held June 17-22, offers students in grades 6-11 the opportunity to make significant changes in the world around them through their school, community, or faith-based organization. 

*The Summer Gifted Studies Program, June 23-28, provides an accelerated and in-depth look at integrated topics of study for students in grades 4-8 who perform in the top 10 percent of students on IQ or achievement tests. 

*Finally, the Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth program, July 7-26, allows advanced students in 7th -11th grades the opportunity to take the equivalent of a year-long course in the condensed time-frame of three weeks, while meeting the research faculty and exploring the unique facilities found on the USM Hattiesburg campus.

For more information about the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies and Duke TIP, visit