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July 23, 2008

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 36 of our nation’s brightest young minds at the fifth annual THINK Summer Institute, a three-week residential summer program sponsored by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

The 2008 THINK Summer Institute (, in session from July 12 to Aug. 2, provides gifted and talented students an intensive, full-immersion college experience and an opportunity to earn six transferable college credits by taking two of the following courses taught by University of Nevada, Reno faculty members: English (Charles Rose), Economics (Mark Pingle), Computer Science (Michael Leverington), Mathematics (Darren Ripley), Geology (Gina Tempel and James Carr) and Psychology (Monica Miller).

“With no federal mandate for gifted education, many profoundly gifted students are not challenged and never receive the opportunity to learn at an advanced level and accelerated pace matched to their abilities,” 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.”

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently released a report titled “High Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB” highlighting that the academic needs of America’s brightest students are not being met, as top pupils have “languished” academically. The second part of the report, based on a national teacher survey, found that while most teachers believe that all students deserve equal attention, advanced pupils are a lower priority in their schools and receive dramatically less attention than low-achievers. For more information, view the full report here:

“Until every gifted child is provided an environment where the brightest are appropriately challenged, America can't claim that it's leaving no child behind," said Bob Davidson, co-founder of the Davidson Institute. “At THINK, each student is provided with individualized attention, support and the opportunity for academic challenge.”

Former educational software entrepreneurs turned philanthropists, Bob and Jan Davidson founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development ( in 1999 to support profoundly gifted students under the age of 18. Since its inaugural year in 2004, 113 students have graduated from THINK.


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