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The Center for Gifted Studies

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Registration is now open for SCATS and VAMPY.


Where Gifted Learners Discover Their Potential

Located on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Center for Gifted Studies has been serving children who are gifted and talented, their educators, and their parents for more than thirty-five years. The Center provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. Under the direction of Dr. Julia Roberts, The Center has become one of the preeminent advocates for gifted education in the United States.

The Center believes that when gifted young people meet their extraordinary potential, our communities, our state, our nation—even our world—become better places. That is why each school year, The Center renews its commitment to encouraging excellence by providing quality programming and resources for gifted students, their teachers, and their parents.

Kentucky Talent Search

In late 2020, Duke University announced the closure of Duke TIP including residential programs and talent search. The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU is committed to talent development and understands the need for programming to ensure the continual development and a talent search program. Staff at The Center are currently collaborating with several universities around the United States to develop a plan to ensure we continue to identify and serve talented students across the Commonwealth. Please follow along with us as we prepare these plans. Sign up here to receive email updates as we have more information.

Educator Discount

WKU is offering licensed Kentucky educators a special rate of $350/credit hour. Online options are tailored to working professionals and are taught by award-winning professors.
Learn more about the Endorsement in Gifted Education, the MAE in Gifted Education and Talent Development, and the Education Specialist in Gifted Education and Talent Development at our Graduate Programs in Gifted Education page.
Learn more about WKU’s educator discount here

Upcoming Opportunities


June 6 - 18, 2021


June 20 - July 10, 2021

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Bowling Green

June 21 - 25, 2021

&  June 28 - July 2, 2021

Camp Explore

July 5 - 9, 2021

Camp Innovate

July 12 - 16, 2021

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

St. Louis

July 19 - 23, 2021









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 Last Modified 3/16/21