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Application Deadline May 30 for Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, in cooperation with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), will offer the three-week residential Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth (AT Program) on the university’s Hattiesburg campus July 8-27 for students in grades 7-11. The program’s application deadline is May 30.

The AT Program provides a balance of educational, cultural and recreational experiences. Upon completion of the program, parents will be sent a detailed grade report to forward to the student’s school. At the discretion of school administrators, the student may receive school credit and/or appropriate placement for course work completed during the three-week program. Eligibility is based on SAT or ACT scores taken as early as the 7th grade.

Course selections for the AT Program include the following:

*Mass Media and the Creative Economy

Mass media play an integral role in the economic and cultural advancement of cities and states. From stories in local newspapers and publications letting citizens know about events to the Visitor Center’s website, messages are shared to raise awareness of cultural and entertainment opportunities. This program will place participants in the center of using mass media to promote tourism and the creative economy in Hattiesburg. Students will learn about the various forms of mass media, including news writing, public relations writing, photography and social media, and will then cover and promote events and attractions in the Hattiesburg area. Students will be immersed in cultural and entertainment activities, getting real-time experience in the partnership between mass media and the creative economy.

*Numbers and Secrets

Have you ever wondered how to send a message in an unbreakable code? The science of “cryptography” serves as a keystone of modern commerce; anyone who buys anything online relies on some simple yet sophisticated mathematics, with esoteric names like “discrete logarithms” and “Euler’s phi-function.” This class will introduce the students to these ideas, starting from something as basic as the remainder of division, and making computations easy with a (free!) computer algebra system.

*The Master Contenders of Debate

 This course provides instruction in how to acquire, analyze and evaluate information in order to organize effective arguments, and it provides practice in making those arguments. Skill in debate helps the individual think logically, clearly and quickly; it enables a student to identify flawed reasoning and argue persuasively. It also contributes to the student’s understanding of self and confidence in the student’s own ability to analyze issues.

*Math—The Everyday Calculator

This series of subjects includes Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus and Modern Analysis. The goal of this course is for each student to learn as much mathematics as proves feasible. Most students will complete at least one mathematics subject during the course. Diagnostic testing and individualized instruction allow students to work at their own pace and focus on material they have not previously mastered. Students must enjoy mathematics and be able to work independently to gain the most from this class, and are required to have a graphing calculator.

*Brain Power: The Ingenuity of the Mind

Emphasis will be on the scientific and theoretical aspects of psychology, including biological bases of behavior, development, learning and adaptive behavior, sensation and perception, measurement and statistical methods. Material is presented through textbook reading, lecture, discussion and demonstration.

For more information about the Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, including how to apply, visit https://www.usm.edu/karnes-gifted/summer-program-academically-talented-youth or call 601.266.5236.