Duke TIP Recognizes More Than 22,000 Seventh Graders for Their Exceptional Academic Abilities

Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

DURHAM, NC —The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams. This year, out of 64,481 participants nationally, 22,236 students have been invited to attend state recognition ceremonies and 2,230 students have been invited to Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition Ceremony.

“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 36 ceremonies in 16 states during the months of May and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students. For a complete list of ceremony locations, dates, and times, please see Duke TIP’s state ceremony schedule.  

The Grand Recognition Ceremony honors seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests. The event will be held May 18 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. This year's keynote speaker is Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz, an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as a James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Duke. Dr. Lefkowitz and Stanford University’s Brian Kobilka were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their groundbreaking work in the field of receptor biology.

Duke TIP will also honor three Distinguished Alumni Award winners at the 2015 Grand Recognition Ceremony for accomplishments in their fields and service to their communities. This year’s distinguished alumni include Alice Chen-Plotkin, a neuroscientist and neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania; Richard J. Hatchett, MD, chief medical officer and deputy director of the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority; and Geoff Davis, a data scientist at Google [x] where he works on the Baseline Study—a collaboration between Google, Duke University, and Stanford University to detect the onset of chronic diseases early enough to enable their prevention.

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About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. More than 2.5 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. Duke TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.