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July 22, 2009

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

The 2009 THINK Summer Institute (, in session from July 11 to Aug. 1, provides gifted and talented students an intensive, full-immersion college experience and an opportunity to earn transferable college credits by taking two of the following courses taught by University of Nevada, Reno faculty members:  Political Science (Eric Herzik), Geography (Geraldine McCarroll), Computer Science (Michael Leverington), Mathematics (Darren Ripley), Journalism (David Ryfe) and Anthropology (Eleanor Nevins).

“At the THINK Summer Institute, we provide students from as far away as Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey the opportunity to take college courses while earning transferable credits and familiarizing themselves with a University campus,” said Jan Davidson. “During the past five years, many THINK graduates have told us that this was the first time in their lives they were academically challenged, and they all enjoy developing friendships with same-age, intellectual peers.”

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. In 2006, the Davidsons established The Davidson Academy of Nevada on the University campus as the first public school of its kind for profoundly gifted students (



Due to the rigorous coursework being undertaken by this year's THINK students, we are working to schedule interviews and photo opportunities with them, THINK faculty and Davidson Institute spokespeople next week, preferably the morning of Wed., July 29, as next Thursday and Friday will be final exam preparation and assessment. Please contact Mark Dlugosz at to schedule an interview.    

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