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July 24, 2007

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

(RENO, Nev.) – The University of Nevada, Reno campus will house 47 of our nation’s brightest young minds at the fourth annual THINK Summer Institute, a three-week residential summer program sponsored by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

The 2007 THINK Summer Institute (, in session from July 14 to Aug. 4, provides gifted and talented students an intensive, full-immersion college experience and an opportunity to earn up to seven transferable college credits by taking two of the following courses taught by University of Nevada, Reno faculty members: Physics (Dave Bennum), History/Philosophy (Thomas Nickles), Computer Science (Michael Leverington), Mathematics (Darren Ripley), Journalism (Larry Dailey and Howard Goldbaum) and Latin (Charlayne Allan). 

"Most profoundly gifted students do not receive accommodations to learn at an advanced level and accelerated pace matched to their abilities," Jan Davidson, co-founder and president of the Davidson Institute, said of gifted students. “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.   

"As a result of being underchallenged, many of our nation's brightest students are either tuning out or dropping out," added Bob Davidson, co-founder of the Davidson Institute. “Through the THINK Summer Institute, we are providing students from across the country the opportunity to visit the University of Nevada, Reno campus, take college courses and earn credit for their work.”

Former educational software entrepreneurs turned philanthropists, Bob and Jan Davidson founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development ( in 1999. 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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