March 11, 2004

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Contact: Curtis Marsh, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7873.

KU seeks 100 exceptional kids in grades 8-12 to attend new Scholar Weekends

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas is looking for 100 gifted Kansas students in grades eight through 12 to attend the new Duke University Talent Identification Program Scholar Weekends program in April in Lawrence.

The program, set for the last two weekends in April, will offer intensive courses taught by KU faculty and graduate instructors. The program will challenge students academically while allowing them to get a taste of university life.

The Scholar Weekends are available to any Kansas student who has been identified as gifted or talented by local school criteria or has participated in Duke's Talent Identification Program. Each student will choose one of the following courses: April 17-18: Introduction to Psychology, Aerospace Engineering or Mathematics through the Ages; April 24-25: Film Criticism and Analysis, Architecture or Working across Cultures.

The participants will arrive on campus Saturday morning; take part in classwork all day Saturday; spend the night in the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome, supervised by resident counselors; and return to campus Sunday for a full class day. The courses will be in Fraser Hall, KU's signature building that rests on the top of Mount Oread and can be seen from miles away. The cost for each weekend is $350 with overnight lodging or $300 without lodging.

For information or to apply for the Duke TIP Scholar Weekends at KU, call toll free (877) 404-5823 or visit www.kuce.org/programs/dtip/.

The program is sponsored by KU Continuing Education in cooperation with the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

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