9/29/2004

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

KU seeks 100 exceptional kids in grades 8-12 to attend October 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 in October in Lawrence.

The program, set for the third and fourth weekends in October, will offer intensive courses taught by KU faculty and graduate instructors. The students will be challenged academically while getting 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: Oct. 16-17: Writing With Diplomacy; Mathematics and Music; or Aerospace Engineering; Oct. 23-24: Communicating Politics and Leadership; Architecture; or The Language, Culture and History of Germany.

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 KU resident counselors; and return to campus Sunday for a full class day scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.

The courses will be in Fraser Hall, KUs signature building on Mount Oread, which can be seen for miles. 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 (785) 864-5823 or toll free (877) 404-5823; or visit http://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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