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July 10, 2006

Nation’s Brightest Young Minds Attend Three-Week
THINK Summer Institute at University of Nevada, Reno

(RENO, Nev.) – Thirty of our nation’s brightest students, ages 12 to 15, are earning six college credits at the third annual THINK Summer Institute, a three-week residential summer program on the University of Nevada, Reno campus sponsored by a Reno-based, national nonprofit foundation, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

The 2006 THINK Summer Institute (, which runs from July 8 to July 29, is a full-immersion college experience where students will earn transferable college credits by taking two of the following courses taught by University of Nevada, Reno professors: in the morning, Chemistry (Charles Rose), Logic/Philosophy (Tom Nickles), or English 101 (Neil Baird); and in the afternoon, Speech Communications (Gwen Hullman) or Calculus (Darren Ripley). 

“The one-size-fits-all approach to education is not working and our country’s most intelligent students are not being challenged in school. As a result, many become bored with school and either tune out or drop out,” said Jan Davidson, co-founder and president of the Davidson Institute. “The idea behind the THINK Summer Institute is to provide opportunities for America’s brightest students to soar academically.”

Approximately 1.5 million U.S. students, or half of all gifted students, are underachieving because they are not appropriately challenged in school, and up to 20 percent of high school dropouts test in the gifted range, according to the Handbook of Gifted Education.  

Based on these statistics, former educational software entrepreneurs turned philanthropists, Bob and Jan Davidson, founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development ( in 1999 and are continuing to fulfill their mission to serve these profoundly gifted students by opening The Davidson Academy, the first public school of its kind specifically for these students, Aug. 28, 2006 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In 2004, the Davidsons co-authored Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds, published by Simon & Schuster. For more information about the Davidson Institute, please visit and for information about Genius Denied, as well as federal and state gifted education policies, please visit



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