New CRISIS Site at Belmont University

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Belmont University

For Immediate Release

Katy Munger

(919) 668-9153

DURHAM, NC—Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) announced today that it will expand its popular CRISIS Program to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ranked fifth in the Regional Universities South category and named as a most innovative university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 8,000 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a community of learning and service. The university’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and 5 doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.

“Belmont University is the perfect fit for CRISIS,” Melissa Rains, CRISIS program coordinator, states. “Not only is its location in Tennessee close to many of our Talent Search participants, Belmont’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.”

CRISIS is Duke TIP’s summer residential program for academically talented fifth and sixth graders enrolled in the 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 hurricane. Students will examine the effects of a major hurricane from the perspective of engineers, government officials, researchers, marine biologists, the media, and health professionals 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 2018 program opens February 7.

Belmont will host approximately 325 fifth- and sixth-grade CRISIS students over three week-long programs. It will be the fifth Duke TIP CRISIS site, joining Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia; Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida; Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Southwestwen University in Georgetown, Texas. A total of 1,522 students attended last year’s CRISIS program.


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 or (919) 668-9153 if you are interested in obtaining photographs of Duke TIP’s CRISIS program to accompany this article.