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The 2017 THINK application will open November 2016.
Access our Online Application System to complete the application. If you have already applied for a Davidson Institute program using the Online Application System, you may use the same login information to apply for THINK.
Note: If you are logged into the Online Application System and there is no new information submitted within a 60-minute timeframe, then your session will time out and you will receive a server error. Your information may not be saved. The system saves information when you click on the top arrow buttons. If you have not clicked on the top arrow button, it will not save the information you have input on that specific screen. If you receive a server error, then you will need to close out of the system and log back in. View FAQs about the Davidson Institute’s Online Application System.
Nominating Form for First-Time Applicants – One Nominating Form is required for each new applicant. Applicants must provide the name and email address for the individual asked to complete the Nominating Form. This must be an educator in the subject of math, science, or English. We request this individual have direct experience with the applicant within the past 12 months. Nominators should be individuals who can speak to the applicant’s abilities and aptitude for an intense residential college experience. Family members may not serve as nominators. Once the online application has been submitted, an automatic email will be sent to your nominator with a link to the Nominator Form. When the form has been submitted, a notification of receipt will be emailed to the Nominator, the applicant and the parent primary contact listed on the application.
Parent Permission Form(s) – We require digital signatures from all persons sharing legal custody of the applicant. Applicants must provide contact information for all persons who share legal custody, regardless of any “physical custody” arrangements, and designate a primary contact for the Davidson Institute. Once the online application has been submitted, each person listed as having legal custody will be sent an automatic email with a link to the Parent Form.
In order to minimize the chance of email sent by the online application system and the Applications Team being classified as spam by your email provider, please add @davidsongifted.org to your safe sender list and notify your Nominator and all parent/guardians to do the same. Please note the email address used by the online application system is an unmonitored mailbox and emails sent to that address will not be read. For further details on adding an email domain to your safe sender list, please search online or see our FAQ: "Q. Will I be receiving any email notifications after I apply through the Online Application System?".
After submitting the online application, you will be directed to submit a $55 application fee at the DITD Online Store.
Nominator and Parent Forms are automatically sent after you submit the online application. Ensure that these forms are submitted by nominator and parent(s). Applications are not considered complete until all forms have been submitted.
The review committee evaluates applications on an individual basis to determine if an applicant is qualified. Decision notifications will be sent via email within one month of application completion. Once admitted into the program, student will be sent additional information regarding next steps and participant materials.
The Davidson THINK Summer Institute does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or disability.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Davidson THINK Summer Institute
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.