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Gifted and Talented Educational Programs

The mission of the Gifted and Talented Education office is to provide educational experiences that allow gifted students to develop intellectually, to cultivate social relationships, and to expand their understanding of the world. Programs include:

  • CHAMP (Cooperative Highly Accelerated Mathematics Program) provides classroom instruction for qualified mathematically gifted students in grades 7-10. CHAMP is designed so that the participating students will learn in two years the content assigned in Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE)- aligned four-year high school mathematics curriculum.

    CHAMP Partners: Michigan State University’s Department of Mathematics. CHAMP also exists as an outreach program with the Lapeer Community, MSU Tollgate in Novi, and at the Mason Capital Area Career Center.

  • ISHALL (Intensive Studies in Humanities, Arts, Language, and Literature) is designed so that the participating students will learn in two years the content assigned in Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE)-aligned four-year high school English curriculum and national core curriculum standards.

    ISHALL Partners: Departments of English and Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. The faculty from each of these departments has assisted in developing the curriculum and many continue to teach in the programs.

  • LEAF (Cours de Langue pour Étudiants Avancés de Français) provides classroom instruction for qualified students in grades 7-11 who have advanced skills in language arts/French. LEAF is designed so that the participating students can learn in two years the content usually assigned to the traditional four-year high school French language curriculum. Every semester of the LEAF program corresponds to one year of high school French.

    LEAF Partners: MSU Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

  • MST@MSU (Math, Science and Technology at Michigan State University) is a two-week summer program for academically talented students who are currently in grades 7, 8, and 9 and at least 12 years old. The program has been designed to stimulate students to learn about new developments in mathematics, science, and technology, and to explore related career fields.

    MST@MSU Partners: MST@MSU currently employees faculty from MSU Colleges of Engineering, Natural Science, Human Medicine, and Arts and Letters, as well as the NSCL-National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, MSU Community Music School, and Culinary Services.

    Also, Ingham County Schools partners with GATE for grants for scholarships and share a summer transportation grant for Lansing area students.

  • CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Summer Camp is intended for academically able students who are currently in grades 7, 8, and 9 and at least 12 years old. All students learn in a university setting with professionals who work in the field of forensic science. Forensic science is the application of science for the purposes of law. Students, through a variety of educational presentations and hands-on experiences, will learn how their acquired scientific knowledge can be applied to criminal investigation.

    CSI Partners: In partnership with the MSU Department of Criminal Justice.

  • Great Lakes Shiga High School Science Exchange Program provides gifted and talented students from the state of Michigan an environmental study abroad opportunity. Ten Michigan high school students in 10th and 11th grade team up with ten Japanese high school students to participate in water science studies and cultural exchange. The group spends ten days touring the Great Lakes area together and participating in numerous science activities, experiments, and cultural experiences. The group then subsequently spends ten days in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture continuing their research and cultural exchange in the area of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. While in Japan, the group is hosted by Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School and works with partner organizations such as the Lake Biwa Museum and the University of Shiga Prefecture.

    Shiga High School Exchange Program Partners: MSU Asian Studies Center. In Japan, partners include Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School and other partner organizations such as the Lake Biwa Museum and the University of Shiga Prefecture. U.S. partner organizations include the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay, the Thunder Bay Great Lakes Marine Heritage Center and Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, and many others.

    Funders: American Japanese Society of America, New York.

    Shiga Exchange Partners: Karen Klein, MSU Asian Studies

  • Future DOcs-GATE is a one-week summer commuter camp designed to foster an interest in the STEM fields, create awareness of college admission, and to generate a strategy to become a successful health care professional. The program seeks to enroll students interested in a career in health care who have a strong interest in science. Students will learn about becoming a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional through the Future Docs-GATE program. The Future DOcs program is distinct from any other medical school outreach initiative as it involves a partnership between GATE and the MSU OM hospital and it includes enrichment activities held at an actual medical school combined with the interaction of MSU medical students and faculty.

    Future DOcs Partners: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Dual Enrollment allows a high school student to take at least one course at his or her high school while taking one or more college courses at MSU. In 2012, new legislation was passed allowing for more students to take advantage of dual enrollment while in high school. Students should check with their local school districts for additional information on qualifying tests. Students are limited to ten dual enrollment courses during their high school years. They also must be enrolled in at least one class at their home high school.

    Dual Enrollment Partners: Michigan Department of Education and the MSU Admissions Office.

    Funders: MSU tuition paid in part by local school district and/or parent.


Susan L. Sheth

Director, Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted and Talented Education