Year in Review: 2017
Duke TIP works year round to serve the needs of gifted students, their families, and educators.
- The TIP online store goes live, raising financial aid resources for students in need while letting our fans show their TIP pride.
- Louisiana State University is announced as a new Summer Studies site. Hello Baton Rouge! Duke TIP is in the house.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation continues its support of TIP’s Project Launch with a grant of $200,000: we’re changing the lives of high-achieving, low-income students.
- eInvestigators debuts a month-long spring session and sells out in a week, as nearly three hundred fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students dive into solving a real-world academic mystery online.
- Academic Adventures and Scholar Weekends open, allowing gifted students to explore exciting, advanced topics not offered in school.
- More Academic Adventures take place, allowing even more TIP students to participate in accelerated, hands-on, and —most of all—fun learning.
- TIP launches a formal strategic planning process to guide its priorities and activities over the next three years.
- TIP’s Gifted Today blog and college prep website get make-overs, attracting even more students, parents, and educators in search of research-based advice.
- The rapid growth of eInvestigators inspires TIP to announce it will add twelve more sessions for the summer as both parents and students embrace investigative online learning.
- 2017’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners are announced and prepare to pass on their legacy of achievement to a new generation of TIPsters.
- Grand Recognition Ceremony and State Recognition Ceremonies are held across the country to honor TIP students posting the highest scores on their above-level tests.
- TIP researchers publish Toward a More Perfect Psychology: Improving Trust, Accuracy, and Transparency in Research.
- TIP Research Director Matt Makel is awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s Esther Katz Rosen Grant for the project, “Calculating Characteristics in Gifted students.”
- TIP’s popular eStudies summer sessions begin, providing students in grades seven and above with online courses in a variety of topics. 1,108 students will participate by the end of the summer.
- CRISIS launches its summer program and hundreds of eager fifth- and sixth-grade TIPsters come together in research teams to tackle the challenges of a hypothetical pandemic.
- TIP’s official alumni newsletter, TIP Times, debuts, connecting the TIP alumni community.
- Field Studies kicks off, giving older gifted students hands-on, real-world experience in a variety of disciplines in unique locations. 425 students will participate by the end of the summer.
- Summer Studies enjoys a successful first session, giving participants access to advanced academic study and dynamic residential programming at thirteen college campuses.
- TIP Research Director Matt Makel is awarded a 2017 Mensa Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research.
- The magic of TIP’s longest-running residential program continues as Summer Studies begins its second session. 4,502 students will participate in SSP by the end of the summer of 2017.
- TIPsterU launches, featuring videos of TIP alumni giving our younger students insights into the college experience.
- Hundreds of new TIPsters become online sleuths, spending a month over the summer solving an academic mystery through eInvestigators.
- TIP launches an “Ask the Experts” column on Gifted Today, providing practical answers to tough questions posed by parents and teachers of gifted students
- The TIPlomats alumni program debuts, giving alumni the opportunity to plan TIP social events wherever they may live.
- Project Launch students begin receiving free enrollment in eInvestigators as a benefit for the first time ever.
- Record enrollment marks the first full month of TIP’s 2017–2018 7th Grade Talent Search, now in its thirty-eighth year of successful operations.
- TIP addressed its changing demographics by retiring its St. Louis-based Washington University campus in favor of adding Belmont University as a CRISIS site.
- TIP’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search marks its twenty-fourth year of operations with record early enrollment.
- eInvestigators continues its momentum with a sold-out fall 2017 season, officially becoming TIP's fastest-growing educational program.
- Academic Adventures launch for the 2017–2018 school year, allowing hundreds of younger TIPsters to try new areas of interest and meet their gifted peers.
- Scholar Weekends roll out for another year, letting high school students evaluate potential college majors alongside other gifted students.
- TIP’s online blog Teachers Workshop launches and is an instant hit. Gifted educators flock to this online community where they can share ideas, access free curriculum resources, and learn how best to serve their academically talented students.
- Duke TIP participates as a sponsor and exhibitor at the 2017 National Association of Gifted Children’s Annual Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, providing expert speakers who present seminars and workshops covering a wide range of gifted education topics.
- TIP Research Director Matt Makel is awarded NAGC’s Early Scholar Award for 2017 and co-authors a new book: From Giftedness to Gifted Education: Reflecting Theory in Practice.
- TIP launches its annual end-of-year fundraising campaign to raise money for 2018 financial aid for students in need.
- TIP ends 2017 having served over 13,000 students in its face-to-face and online programs, and enrolling over 96,000 new students in its talent searches.
- By the end of 2017, Duke TIP had distributed over $4.1 million in financial aid to 17,700 educational program and talent search participants.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.