Program Sites and Terms

Rollins College quad

Terms dates

Fall Session 1
Fall Session 2

Duke University

October 19

November 16

Queens University of Charlotte

October 5 November 2

Rollins College

October 12

No second session


Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University, consistently recognized as one of the nation’s finest educational institutions, attracts exceptional students from around the globe for its liberal-arts, graduate, and professional studies. Academic Adventures take place on Duke’s West Campus, which was built in the 1920s with Gothic architecture, hand-carved moldings, and cutting-edge research facilities.

Queens University

Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, coeducational university that was established in 1857 and is home to approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students in colleges devoted to arts and sciences, business, education, communication, and health. The campus is known for its Georgian architecture and proximity to Charlotte’s historic Myers Park neighborhood. Charlotte itself is the largest city in North Carolina, making this site the ideal location for families who want to enjoy a day trip to the area while their student attends Academic Adventures on the Queens campus.

Academic Adventures at Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Chartered in 1885 as a coeducational liberal-arts college, Rollins is the oldest recognized college in the state of Florida. For twenty consecutive years, it has been ranked among the top regional universities in the South and first in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. Rollins College is located in Winter Park in an attractive and historic residential community adjacent to the city of Orlando. The seventy-acre campus is situated on the shores of Lake Virginia, and features a lakeside beach and walking path. It is an ideal location for families wishing to combine Academic Adventures with a trip to nearby Orlando. 

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Partner Locations

In order to provide face-to-face educational programs for more of our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants, Duke TIP partners with other educational institutions across the country to offer additional Academic Adventures. Although these programs are not run by TIP, we review their courses and sites to ensure that the experience meets TIP’s high standards. To learn more about the adventures offered at these sites, including course listings and how to apply, please visit their websites as linked to below.

The Health Museum

Houston, Texas

1515 Hermann Dr. 
Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 337–8450

September 21

Environmental Engineer for a Day

Veterinarian for a Day

Surgeon for a Day 

September 28

Cardiologist for a Day

Dentist for a Day

Nutritionist for a Day

Marine Biologist for a Day

October 5

Epidemiologist for a Day

Nurse for a Day

Pediatrician for a Day

Surgeon for a Day

November 23

Dermatologist for a Day

First Responder for a Day

Petroleum Engineer for a Day

Physical Therapist for a Day

December 14

Biomedical Engineer for a Day

Genetics and Cancer Researcher for a Day

Non-Destructive Testing Engineer for a Day

Surgeon for a Day

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

The Torrance Center
121 Aderhold Hall Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542–3237


October 5

November 11

Aircraft & Spacecraft Design
Cellular Gene-ius: Introduction to Microbiology & Genetics
Engineering Design Challenge
Improv & Sketch Comedy
Magical Murder
Shark Attack
Video Game Design

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Office of Continuing Education and Conferences: Pre-University Programs
Duke TIP Academic Adventures
1600 Hampton Street Annex, Suite 403
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777–9444

October 19 3-D Printing
Explore Speech-Language Pathology
A Journey of Sound and Music
Neuroscience—Let's Explore the Brain
October 26 Enter the World of Acting
Greek Mythology
Money, Stocks, and Fun, Oh My: Understanding Today's Stock Market
Vex IQ


Academic Adventures give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders the opportunity to explore fascinating subjects not found elsewhere, deepen their knowledge of a favorite field, and meet other gifted students. Courses cover a range of subjects and are offered by Duke TIP at three different college campuses, as well as at partner locations across the country.