Duke TIP CRISIS Program Expands to Agnes Scott College

Monday, October 10, 2016


Student's participating in Duke's CRISIS program.DURHAM, NC (October, 6, 2016)
Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) announced today that it will expand its popular CRISIS program for gifted students in grades five and six to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Duke TIP will begin offering its CRISIS program at Agnes Scott starting in the summer of 2017.

CRISIS (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) is Duke TIP’s summer residential program for academically talented fifth and sixth graders enrolled in their 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.

The crisis for next summer will be a hypothetical virus outbreak. 2017 TIP CRISIS students will do their part to prevent, prepare for, and contain an imminent influenza outbreak before it grows to pandemic proportions. They will examine the potential pandemic from the perspective of medical professionals, scientific researchers, vaccine developers, engineers, government officials, the media, and financial institutions. They will also participate in leadership and development activities designed to help participants discover more about who they are and what they want to be. Registration for CRISIS opens on February 8. More information on qualifying and registering can be obtained by visiting www.tip.duke.edu/crisis or by calling (919) 668-9100.

Agnes Scott College will be the fifth Duke TIP CRISIS site, joining Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

“Agnes Scott was the perfect choice for us, given the large number of gifted students TIP has in Georgia and the high quality of its staff and administration,” Duke TIP’s Director of Educational Programs Shayne Goodrum explains. “The fact that it has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country is a bonus. Students attending CRISIS love the structured preview into campus life they get through our program and the Agnes Scott campus is a wonderful place for this to happen.”

Student's participating in Duke's CRISIS program.Located minutes from downtown Atlanta, Agnes Scott College is an independent private women’s college in Decatur, Georgia. Known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community, Agnes Scott currently enrolls 915 students and offers 34 undergraduate majors and 31 minors. The college’s signature program SUMMIT provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and an understanding of complex global dynamics. In its 2017 Best Colleges edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Agnes Scott the No. 4 Most Innovative School among all national liberal arts colleges.

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About Duke TIPThe 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 kmunger@tip.duke.edu or (919) 668-9153 if you are interested in obtaining photographs of Duke TIP’s CRISIS program to accompany this article.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.