All Davidson staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. We request health information and supporting required documents prior to the program, which is reviewed by our health supervisor. The health supervisor will follow-up with families as needed. On arrival day, the health supervisor will be on site to collect medications, answer questions, and to briefly meet each student. The health supervisor will remain on call throughout the program.
Additionally, students have access to the university's Student Health Center which is open on weekdays.
All medications will be turned into the health supervisor upon arrival. These include prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine such as vitamins, Advil, and allergy medication. Rescue medication, such as inhalers and EpiPens, may be kept by the student. Medications will be stored in a secure area and made available to the student per physician and/or package directions.
While THINK participants are closely supervised, they are ultimately responsible for their own behavior. Program staff and instructors work in partnership with students to uphold program policies with the shared goal of creating and maintaining a safe, healthy program environment. Students are assigned a program assistant, who will serve as their primary contact during the program. Program assistants live in the dorms alongside students, attend classes, and supervise activities.They are available to offer assistance and support during the program, as well as implement program policies.
We operate in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno which helps determine our program policies. Given the age of our THINK participants, the level of care and supervision appropriate for a “traditional” undergraduate student at the freshman level is not necessarily synonymous with what is appropriate for our program participants. It is imperative that THINKers be supervised with the intention of keeping them healthy and safe during their time at the University. While most students are able to easily consent the policies at THINK, other students who are accustomed to greater levels of independence may find these rules too restrictive (e.g. curfews; restricted technology use; direct supervision; campus boundaries). With the goal of every student having a positive and enriching experience at THINK, we encourage those who may find a structured program environment challenging to consider whether THINK is a good fit. We are happy to discuss any specific concerns or questions regarding these program policies in further detail prior to applying to the program.
Email is the primary method of communication during the program between staff and parents. Parents are provided access to the staff cell phone number to use in cases of urgency or emergency. Staff will reach out to contact parents in the event of a behavioral, academic, or health concern. Students are welcome to bring cell phones with them to THINK to stay in touch with family. Student cell phone use is limited to the residence hall.
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.