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The Gifted Education Resource Institute

Centered at Purdue University, GERI is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery, study, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1974, GERI's mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their life-span. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted, creative, and talented youth; graduate programs for future scholars and leaders; professional development and coursework for educators of gifted, creative, and talented students and cutting-edge research in psychology and education related to giftedness, creativity, and talent development.

Youth Program Registration

For questions about the online registration process, please call the business office at 765-494-9482. 

For questions about GERI courses and other camp information, please call 765-494-7243. 

Teacher Applications for Summer Residential 2017

Become a 2017 Summer Residential Course Instructor! We are seeking quality educators with experience in the STEM fields and/or the humanities to design their own course and share their expertise with our students. Teachers who participate in our camp encounter some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their careers. Our students rank in the top five to ten percent of their age group nationally, and are highly motivated to explore an area of personal interest. These 5th-12th grade students can typically master material two to three years above grade level and require accelerated or enriched learning opportunities in order to meet their full potential. The courses we offer are designed to accomplish the following:

  • Expose students to new areas of study and career possibilities
  • Present new materials at an appropriately accelerated pace,
  • Develop independent or self-directed study skills,
  • Promote advanced thinking skills, and
  • Engage students in high-level projects and experiments.

If you are interested in the opportunity to interact with high-ability students, please complete the teacher application and course proposal form. The deadline for proposing a course for Summer Residential is Friday, October 3, 2016. Please return the completed forms either to Beering Hall room 5178 or via email to green252@purdue.edu . If you are new to our program, we will schedule an interview with you prior to making a decision and contact your references. If you have questions about becoming an instructor or if you would like more information about the camp, please call the GERI business office. (765-494-7243)

Download the Teacher Application 

Super Summer


To register, please call 765-494-7243.

The GERI 2016 Summer Residential brochure is here!

The following GERI Summer Residential classes have been closed:

Comet I: EV3 Robotec: 'Bots & Bytes, CSI Investigation and 3D Geometric Design in Math

Comet II: The Game of Business, The Insect: Friend or Foe?, 3D Geometric Design in Math, and Brain Teasers & Logic Puzzles

Star I A.M.: Abnormal Psychology: Should Mickey Mouse Be Medicated?, Vet Med, Is That True? Evaluating Everyday News Through Data, and Breaking Brands

Star I P.M.: Sculpting Through the Ages, Toy Design Lab in Mechanical Engineering, Videography & Photojournalism, and Discovery Through Culture: Cross-Cultural Communication

Star II A.M.: Rocket Science? Yes, You Can!, Videography & Photojournalism, Spinning Stories & Plotting Plays, and Creative Chinese

Star II P.M.: Videography & Photojournalism; Upcycled Found-Object Jewelry; Exploding Cell Phones: Deconstructing Sustainability; Great Books, Great Thinking

Pulsar I A.M.: 3D Printing

Pulsar I P.M.: STEAM Labs, Active Exercise Science, Videography & Photojournalism

Pulsar II A.M.: Deep Themes in The Hunger Games; Great Books, Great Thinking, and Upcycled Found-Object Jewelry

Pulsar II P.M.: Videography & Photojournalism; Young Authors' Workshop; Principles of Game Design; Breaking News: Current Problems, Issues, and Events; and Discovery Through Culture: Cross-Cultural Communication


Greetings from Purdue's Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)!

Online registration for the GERI 2016 Summer Residential camps is now closed. However, the GERI program may still accept registrations after this date based on availability and full payment of camp fees. Please email Kristen Seward, 2016 Summer Residential Coordinator, at ksseward@purdue.edu if you would like to register your child. Thank you!

For an important letter full of great information that was sent to 2016 campers via email on May 31, click here. For information regarding what to bring (and what not to bring) to Purdue this summer, please click here.

New Publications from Prufrock Press:

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Earn a Graduate Certificate of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies!

Purdue University's Gifted Education Resource Institute Presents: Developing Student Strengths and Talents

Online Professional Learning Units designed to help educators develop their students’ strengths and talents. 

Using strategies, programs, and understandings from the field of gifted, creative, and talented education can be a powerful means of helping more children and youth achieve at higher levels. Understanding learning differences, talent development, strength-based, and student-focused education can empower educators to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction, while they also attend to the affective needs of their students. Welcome to our interactive, on-line learning units.  

Designed to help educators discover, nurture, and develop talents among their students, each Unit requires about 10 hours to complete, which includes engaging on-line as well as applying content in the classroom or clinic. Upon successful completion of each unit a professional development certificate or badge documenting the experience will be provided for a total of up to 90 hours. 

Entire school districts, individual school faculty, small groups of interested educators, or individuals subscribe for a two-year term, which allows ample time to fully engage in each of the nine units. Pricing is based on the number of staff members in the group subscribing. Upon subscription, log-in directions will be provided. 

Program Coordinators: Marcia Gentry, Ph.D., with specialty in gifted, creative, and talented education and Jennifer Richardson, Ph.D., with specialty in educational technologies and instructional design.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Summer Residential Program

Registration for GERI 2016 Summer Residential Camp begins February 1st, 2016.  2016 Course Brochure available January 1st.

Attention P-12 Educators:

Sign up for the GERI-Teachers mailing list by clicking HERE.

Subscribers of this mailing list will receive announcements about GERI coursework and professional development opportunities for P-12 educators.

Camp Counselor Positions Available

GERI is currently in the process of hiring counselors for the 2016 GERI Summer Residential Camps.  Our summer camps run from July 3 - July 30.  There are many positions avaiable. Please see the application located at http://www.geri.education.purdue.edu/youth_programs/Employment.html for more information or contact Enyi Jen at 765-494-7241 / ejen@purdue.edu

To a Bright Kid With Trouble(s)




GERI is a multidimensional center dedicated to the study, discovery, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1974 and situated in the College of Education, GERI’s mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted youth, graduate programs for future scholars and leaders, professional development and coursework for educators of gifted students, and on-going research on the psychology of giftedness, creativity, and talent development.

A center located in the Department of Educational Studies in the Purdue University College of Education, GERI is affiliated with the Gifted, Creative and Talented Studies specialization within EDST which offers graduate programs in gifted education and a licensure program for K-12 educators in Indiana.  GERI also provides training to pre-service teachers through hands-on opportunities and training in connection to Super Saturday and the GERI Summer Camps.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Professor Marcia Gentry, GERI provides leadership in gifted education, and serves as an advocate for programs and services to high ability students. GERI alumni serve in leadership positons across the United States and abroad and in hundreds of K-12 classrooms.

Native American Research Initiative

Native American Camp

This summer, 55 gifted, creative, and talented Native American students from Arizona, Minnesota, and South Dakota were invited to attend the 2012 GERI Summer Residential Camps.  While at camp, the students participated in classes in art, math, and science.  To learn more, please visit the GERI Native American Research Initiative website.

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