The 2016 annual report is intended to show the progress made toward achieving the Davidson Institute's mission 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 pursuit of this mission, the Institute delivered the following programs, services, and publications:
Davidson Young Scholars
Davidson Fellows Awards
THINK Summer Institute
Davidson Gifted Database
Number of Young Scholars Selected in 2016
257 new Davidson Young Scholars joined in 2016. 235 Davidson Young Scholars turned 18 in 2016 and became Young Scholar Alumni, bringing that total to 1,572.
Total Number of Young Scholars as of December 31, 2016
3,320 Davidson Young Scholars representing a variety of economic, racial and ethnic groups from 50 states, as well as Armed Forces Europe, Armed Forces Pacific and Canada participated in the program this year.
Types of Services Provided
The services provided to the Davidson Young Scholar families included:
A one-week summer program, Davidson Summer STARS focused on meeting academic and social needs of 96 8- to 12-year-old Young Scholars. At the annual Summit, more than 400 Davidson Young Scholars and their families connected with each other during a three-day weekend. Leading experts in gifted education delivered keynote speeches and facilitated parent presentations. Young Scholars attended workshops in various academic areas. This event also included exhibitor booths, meet and greets, a talent show and a simultaneous chess game.
Areas of Service
Family Consultants serve Young Scholar families based on these specialty areas:
There were 24 Young Scholar seminars and 17 parent seminars in 2016.
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Recognizes the outstanding achievements of highly gifted young people and awards scholarships annually to students 18 and younger. (http://www.davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship)
Any young person, 18 or younger, may apply who has created a significant piece of work in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box.
Judges, with high levels of expertise in the domain areas of the works submitted, carefully reviewed the qualified applications and selected 20 recipients: four Davidson Fellow Laureates who received $50,000 scholarships, and 16 Davidson Fellows each receiving either a $25,000 scholarship or $10,000 scholarship. View the 2016 Davidson Fellows page to view the full list of participants.
Three-week residential summer program on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno, where students can earn up to six college credits (http://www.davidsongifted.org/THINK-Summer).
Applicants must demonstrate both exceptional ability and the potential to benefit from the course offerings, as well as the social and emotional maturity to thrive in this three-week residential environment.
To be eligible for the THINK Summer Institute, applicants must be 13-16 years old and be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident living in the United States. Applicants must also submit a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT.
57 students (“THINKers”) attended in 2016 taking Computer Science, Engineering, and Sociology in the morning, and Human Development, History, and Statistics in the afternoon.
The Davidson Institute's Educators Guild is a free, online community for elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators, as well as other professionals committed to meeting the unique needs of highly gifted students (http://www.davidsongifted.org/Educators-Guild).
The Educators Guild broadcast eList was comprised of 2,073 teachers, school counselors and administrators in 2016 with 1,114 members on the Educators Guild discussion eList. Members who signed up for the broadcast list received two eNewsletters, one on the topic of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and another on the topic of motivation. The Educators Guild Facebook discussion group had more than 1,700 members.
Your gateway to gifted resources is a free online, searchable database providing the latest information for and about profoundly intelligent young people (http://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database).
At the conclusion of 2016, the database contained:
In 2016, the Davidson Institute published the following newsletters:
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Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.