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Registration Deadline March 31 for Summer Gifted Studies Program, Day Program for Young Gifted Students

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s EAGLE Summer Gifted Studies Program will be held June 11-16, and EAGLE Day Program for Young Gifted Students is set for June 12-16. Sponsored by the USM’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, the registration deadline for both is March 31, and space is limited.

*EAGLE Summer Gifted Studies Program: The EAGLE Summer Gifted Studies Program is a one-week residential program, and is designed for intellectually gifted students who have completed grades four through eight. Eligibility requirements are available on the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Web site: www.usm.edu/karnes-gifted. 

Course selections are new for 2017 and reflect the interests and abilities of students in the assigned grades. Students who have completed grades 4-6 may take A Lawyer’s Tale, Spy Master 101, or Mapping the Code: Landmarks of Genetics and DNA. These courses allow students to integrate topics such as debate, forensics, history, science, and research. Students who have completed grades 5-7 may take the course Building a Star-Wars Galaxy as they explore the fields of physics, design, and engineering. Finally, students who have completed grades 6-8 may select from Mummy Mania, Pathways to Taking Stock: Dollar Sense, or Neuroscience: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain. These courses provide an advanced study of anthropology, economics, and medical science.

Students will reside in dormitories on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. The non-refundable tuition of $675 includes room, board, recreational and cultural activities, and limited accident insurance. A limited number of scholarships is available based on evidence of student dedication and financial need. To complete an application or for additional information, visit www.usm.edu/karnes-gifted or call 601.266.5236 or 601.266.6637.

*EAGLE Day Program for Young Gifted Students:  The EAGLE Day Program for Young Gifted Students, to be held on the USM Hattiesburg campus, allows students who have completed PreK4-3rd grade to have their first experiences with higher learning.  The program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by noon. The non-refundable cost of the program is $200 and covers all instruction, all necessary materials, and a morning snack. 

Course selections for 2017 are designed with the mental and physical development of students in each given age range. For students who have completed PreK4 – Kindergarten, courses include Large and In Charge: The Culture of Cats which will focus on Science and Zoology and continues our friendship with the Hattiesburg Zoo, or Pirate Ports of Call which allows students to bring their storytelling abilities to life as they navigate the high seas.  For students who have completed Grades 1-2, courses include A Polar Exploration: Discovering the Poles and Mysterious Waters. Both courses allow students to take their language and science skills to new heights. Finally, for students who have completed 3rd grade, course offerings include Show me the Money!, A Cosmic Panorama: The Landscape of Space, and Crowning the Clouds: Skyscrapers of Great Heights. These courses provide an integrated learning experience as students delve into the fields of research, art, astronomy, architecture, math, engineering and design.

To fill out an application or obtain additional information, visit the Center at www.usm.edu/karnes-gifted. No scholarships are available for this program. For more information regarding eligibility or the application process, call 601.266.5236 or 601.266.6637.