CRISIS lets gifted young scholars try out an exciting profession while learning academic, leadership, and teamwork skills. The program tackles a different hypothetical community crisis each year. Students join a “research team” for the duration of the one-week program and focus on approaching the crisis from a specific professional angle. Using problem-based learning, students work together to solve the crisis while participating in development activities that help them learn more about who they are and what they want to be. CRISIS combines fun social activities with hands-on academic work to provide a rich and engaging overall experience for program participants.


To attend CRISIS, students must be in the fifth or sixth grade at the time of program application, and they must have joined the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search.


In 2018, TIP CRISIS students will do their part to prepare for and respond to a major hurricane. They will examine the diasaster from the perspective of engineers, government officials, researchers, marine biologists, the media, and health professionals.

Session 1 June 24–June 29
Session 2 July 1–July 6
Session 3 July 8–July 13
Session 4 (Meredith College only) July 15–July 20


Key Dates

February 7, 2018

Application opens

March 26, 2018

Payment and cancellation deadline

June 24, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Session 1

July 1, 2018 to July 6, 2018

Session 2

July 8, 2018 to July 13, 2018

Session 3

July 15, 2018 to July 20, 2018

Session 4 (Meredith College only)

CRISIS is a residential summer program for fifth and sixth graders enrolled in TIP’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. The program lasts one week and takes place at five college campuses. Students assume the role of a professional on a specific occupation-based research team, collaborate with their peers, and participate in activities that build their academic, leadership, and teamwork skills.