Duke TIP CRISIS Program Expands to Southwestern University

Friday, January 9, 2015

For Immediate Release

Katy Munger
(919) 668-9153 kmunger@tip.duke.edu

DURHAM, NC—Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) announced today that it will expand its popular CRISIS program for gifted students to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

CRISIS (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) is Duke TIP’s summer residential program for academically talented fifth and sixth graders enrolled in their 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Through problem-based learning, CRISIS builds leadership and teamwork skills by asking students to assume the role of a professional on a research team, collaborating with team members to solve a community crisis. This year’s crisis is a drilling disaster off the Gulf of Mexico. Students will examine the effects of this hypothetical disaster from the perspective of engineers, lawyers, researchers, marine biologists, the media, and financial institutions while participating in leadership and development activities designed to help participants discover more about who they are and what they want to be. Registration for the 2015 program opens February 9. More information on qualifying and registering can be obtained by calling (919) 668-9100.

The new CRISIS site will host approximately 315 fifth and sixth graders over three weeklong programs, slated for summer 2015. Southwestern University will be the fourth Duke TIP CRISIS site, joining Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A total of 938 students attended last year’s CRISIS program.

“Southwestern University is the perfect fit for CRISIS,” Melissa Rains, CRISIS program coordinator, states. “Not only is its location in central Texas close to many of our Talent Search participants, Southwestern’s emphasis on research and student involvement complements the hands-on, problem-based learning approach we use in CRISIS. The size of the campus also creates a very welcoming and safe environment for participants.”

Southwestern University is an independent, four-year, undergraduate liberal arts college that is nationally known for its small classes and numerous collaborative undergraduate research opportunities. Outside the classroom, students are civically engaged and volunteer in the community at more than twice the national average. Southwestern’s location in historic Georgetown allows its 1,528 students to enjoy the benefits of a close-knit campus as well as the vibrant culture of nearby Austin.

The university was chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1840 and was the first institution of higher learning in Texas. Today, Southwestern boasts a 701-acre campus and offers undergraduates the opportunity to earn Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 38 majors across a spectrum of academic disciplines. It also offers a Certification Program in Education.


About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools for the development of the students’ optimal educational potential.

Please contact Katy Munger at kmunger@tip.duke.edu or (919) 668-9153 if you are interested in obtaining photographs of Duke TIP’s CRISIS program to accompany this article.