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Summer Institute for the Gifted

Press Release

For Immediate Release

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Mike Liberty
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Gifted Program for Teens to be Held at Harvard University in Summer 2013

CAMBRIDGE, MA – February 20, 2013 – The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), a not-for-profit organization and one of the nationís leading gifted summer programs, announced today the launch of a program for gifted students at Harvard University beginning in the summer of 2013.

The three-week SIG Commuter program at Harvard will run from July 15 through August 2, 2013 and will be open to academically gifted and talented students, ages 13 through 17. Students have access to Harvard facilities and select courses of interest from a wide variety of academic classes that meet daily.

"SIG is thrilled to welcome Harvard University to our roster of host campuses," states Barbara Swicord, Ed.D., President and CEO of SIG. "Joining Princeton University and Yale University, Harvard is our third Ivy League campus and is sure to be one of our most sought-after sites for gifted students. We have already received a tremendous amount of interest for a SIG program at Harvard and we expect it to be a very popular choice for students."

Participants of SIG at the Harvard University program will immerse themselves in a truly unique academic experience designed to help them mature and develop as they create long-lasting relationships and increase their self-confidence and thinking in divergent ways - all within a safe and secure environment.

Students are recommended to apply early as spots in the program fill quickly.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The university's extensive library system houses the oldest collection in the country and the largest private collection in the world. Harvard ranked 1st in the 2013 edition of Best National Universities by the U.S. News and World Report.

Unlike other SIG programs for high school-aged students, participants attending the new Harvard program will not live on campus. Instead, students will receive the benefits of the academic and social components of SIG while living at home or while visiting the Boston area.

The mission of SIG is to provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs. SIG is a program of the National Society for Gifted and Talented (NSGT).

SIG's three-week residential programs for gifted children are held at ten of Americanís finest college campuses: Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Emory University, Princeton University, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UT Austin, Vassar College and Yale University. The SIG Day Program is offered for younger students, ages 4-12, at campuses across the country and SIG University Prep, a 3-week intensive college preparatory program, is also available for students ages 15-18 at the University of Chicago and Yale University.

To apply or to request brochures, information and materials about the new SIG program at Harvard University contact SIG at (866) 303-4744, ext. 5159, or by e-mail at Visit SIG on the web at

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SIG is a program of the National Society for Gifted and Talented (NSGT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. In 2012 alone, over 2,500 academically gifted students in Kindergarten through 11th grade participated in SIG programs. SIG is a program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.