At the THINK Summer Institute, you will take one course in the morning and one course in the afternoon. These courses are taught by faculty members of the University of Nevada, Reno. Credits earned may be transferable.
Read bios for each of the instructors below.
SOCIOLOGY 101: Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
Description: Sociological principles underlying the development, structure and function of culture, society, human groups, personality formation and social change.
Associate Professor: Dr. Clayton Peoples
GEOGRAPHY 103: Introduction to Physical Geography (3 credits)
Description: Physical elements of the earth, its natural features and their significance to man. Earth form and motion, climate, vegetation, and landforms.
Lecturer: Chris Ryan
ASTRONOMY 109: Planetary Astronomy (3 credits)
Description: Descriptive introduction to current concepts of the solar system. Modern observational techniques and their results. Supplementary use of telescopes and planetarium facilities. This section will have a special emphasis on field experiences and hands-on labs.
MATH 176: Introductory Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (3 credits)
Description: Fundamental ideas of analytic geometry and calculus, plane coordinates, graphs, functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, rates, extrema and applications thereof.
Lecturer: Dr. Darren Ripley
Prerequisite: Algebra II or equivalent
PSYCHOLOGY 105: Introduction to Neuroscience (3 credits)
Description: An introduction to neuroscience and the role impact of neural disease on society.
Assistant Professor: Dr. Fang Jiang
HISTORY 108: Global History I: Prehistory to 1400 CE (3 credits)
Description: Examination of earliest civilizations of Asia, North Africa, the Americas and Europe (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Greece, the Maya, and Rome)–from development of settled agricultural communities until 1400 CE, with focus on rise of cities, organization of society, nature of kingship, writing and growth of bureaucracy, varieties of religious expression, the connections between culture and society.
Assistant Professor: Dr. Edward Schoolman
"I especially enjoyed the fact that the courses were challenging -- that fact alone helped me see more potential in myself."
- Past THINKER
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.