The 2015 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 2015
528 new Davidson Young Scholars joined in 2015. 253 Davidson Young Scholars turned 18 in 2015 and became Young Scholar Alumni, bringing that total to 1,337.
Total Number of Young Scholars as of December 31, 2015
3,063 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 80 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, BBQ lunches, a talent show and a simultaneous chess game.
Areas of Service
Family Consultants serve Young Scholar families based on these specialty areas:
2015 online seminar topics for Davidson Young Scholars:
2015 online seminar topics for Parents:
2015 Young Scholar Webinars:
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Recognizes the outstanding achievements of highly gifted young people and awards scholarships annually to students 18 and younger. (www.DavidsonGifted.org/Fellows/)
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: three Davidson Fellow Laureates who received $50,000 scholarships, and 17 Davidson Fellows each receiving either a $25,000 scholarship or $10,000 scholarship.
The following young people were named as Davidson Fellows and each received a $25,000 scholarship:
The following young people were named as Davidson Fellows and each received a $10,000 scholarship:
The Davidson Fellows were recognized at a special awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on September 29, 2015. The ceremony, held at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, was co-sponsored by Senator Harry Reid from Nevada and Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa.
Three-week residential summer program on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno, where students can earn up to six college credits (www.DavidsonGifted.org/THINK/).
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.
43 students (“THINKers”) attended in 2015 taking Computer Science, Journalism or Sociology in the morning, and Mathematics, Criminal Justice or Philosophy in the afternoon.
Quotes about THINK
“Thank you all so much for giving me some of the greatest experiences of my entire life. I made some friends who I want to keep in touch with and some memories that will last a lifetime. I can easily say that almost every student who participated in THINK this year left knowing they gained more knowledge than they expected, and more happiness than three weeks should be able to provide. I wish a great future for THINK.”
“THINK was the best academic camp I've ever attended, and probably the best camp period."
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 (www.DavidsonGifted.org/EdGuild/).
The Educators Guild broadcast eList was comprised of 1,970 teachers, school counselors and administrators in 2015 with 1,059 members on the Educators Guild discussion eList. Members who signed up for the broadcast list received two eNewsletters, one of which featured a Q&A with Dr. Janette Boazman about character development, and another featured Dr. Susan Assouline discussing acceleration. The Educators Guild Facebook discussion group had more than 1,400 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 2015, the database contained:
In 2015, the Davidson Institute Young Scholars and staff wrote the following articles in the Davidson Gifted Database (http://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database):
In 2015, the Davidson Institute published these Tips for Parents in the Davidson Gifted Database:
In 2015, 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.