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Davidson Institute for Talent Development

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a nonprofit operating foundation located in Reno, Nev. founded by former educational software entrepreneurs, Bob and Jan Davidson, in 1999. The mission of the Davidson Institute is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.


In 1982, Bob and Jan founded Davidson & Associates Inc., which became a successful educational software company best known for the MathBlaster™ and ReadingBlaster™ series.  Bob and Jan sold Davidson & Associates in 1997 and decided to launch a significant philanthropic effort to continue their commitment to make a positive difference in education and to help all children be successful learners.



The Davidson Institute serves profoundly gifted young people 18 and under. Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. These students often share the following characteristics:

  • An extreme need for constant mental stimulation.
  • An ability to learn and process complex information rapidly.
  • A need to explore subjects in surprising depth.
  • An insatiable curiosity; endless questions and inquiries.
  • A need for precision in thinking and expression-often answering questions with “that depends...”
  • An ability to focus intently on a subject of interest for long periods of time.
  • An inability to concentrate on a task that is not intellectually challenging, including repetitious ideas or material presented in small pieces.



The Davidson Institute offers much-needed support to profoundly gifted young people through the following programs and services:

  • Davidson Young Scholars is a free, individualized, family-oriented program that supports the educational and developmental needs of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18. This program assists parents and students with academic support and educational advocacy, child and adolescent development, peer connections and talent development.

  • Davidson Fellows scholarships recognize young people 18 and under for completing a significant piece of work that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society in one of the following areas: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy, or any other graduate-level work considered outside the box. Davidson Fellow Laureates are awarded $50,000 scholarships, and Davidson Fellows are awarded either a $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship. Since 2001, the Institute has awarded more than $6.2 million in scholarships to 266 students.

  • The THINK Summer Institute is a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno for 13- to 16-year-old students. These students are enrolled in university-level courses and earn up to six transferable college credits.

  • Educators Guild is a free, online community of teachers, counselors and school administrators who are interested in networking to locate resources and discuss strategies for serving gifted students.

  • Davidson Gifted Database is the gateway to gifted resources on the Internet. Use the easy Google search feature to find topics of interests in hundreds of articles and thousands of resources. Plus, each state’s gifted policies are listed with an easy-to-use click-through map and an events calendar of conferences throughout the nation – all available free to anyone with access to the Internet.

  • The Davidson Academy opened 2006 on the University of Nevada, Reno campus as the first public school of its kind for profoundly gifted middle and high school students. Qualified students can subject accelerate through required middle and high school curriculum at their own pace with access to university courses when appropriate. (

  • In 2004, Simon & Schuster published Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting our Brightest Young Minds co-authored by Jan and Bob Davidson, with Laura Vanderkam. This award-winning book has generated conversations throughout the nation about the importance of educating our nation’s brightest students and is hailed as a “manifesto for change.”


The Davidson Institute’s services are based on the following shared beliefs:

  • All young people should be lovingly nurtured in a safe, supportive environment where each person is accepted and appreciated as a unique individual.
  • All young people should have access to an education where they can learn and achieve at a level appropriate to their abilities.
  • All young people should have an opportunity to develop their talents in positive ways to create value for themselves and others.

Profoundly intelligent young people should not be denied what we desire for all young people. Their needs should be recognized and accommodated. Their uniqueness should be understood and nurtured. Rather than be locked into an age-based curriculum, profoundly gifted young people should have the opportunity to be challenged to excel and achieve.

For more information about the Davidson Institute and its programs, scholarship and services visit


Davidson Institute for Talent Development
9665 Gateway Drive, Suite B
Reno, Nevada 89521
Fax: 775-852-2184