The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is dedicated to serving the needs of the gifted community at local, national, and international levels. It offers programs for preservice and inservice educators, including the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement. Its online and on-campus courses and workshops on gifted education support the professional development of educators worldwide.
The center is home to the Assessment and Counseling Clinic, the Acceleration Institute, and the National Institute for Twice Exceptionality. The center also administers the College of Education's Honors Opportunity Program, through which qualified undergraduate students in education work toward graduation with collegiate honors.
For more information about the center and its programs, contact the Belin-Blank Center or visit its website.
The Belin-Blank Center offers a wide variety of programs for precollege students.
Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy
Exceptional Student Talent Search
The Exceptional Student Talent Search (grades 2-9) helps determine talented students' academic abilities and needs.
As one of the state’s original science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, Invent Iowa is a comprehensive, statewide program developed to support educators in promoting the invention process as part of their kindergarten through high school curriculum. Invent Iowa was initiated in 1987 through the support of state political, business, and educational leaders in response to rapidly expanding technology. Since 1999, the Invent Iowa program has been a part of the Belin-Blank Center. The center promotes the use of Invent Iowa curriculum in programming for whole classes, specific groups, or individuals.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Weekend Institute for Gifted Students
Blank Summer Institute
The Blank Summer Institute for the Arts & Sciences (BSI) is a one-week program that provides an intensive, advanced educational experience designed to enhance exceptionally talented students' intellectual and social growth. The BSI study plan complements the regular school curriculum. Students are nominated for one of eight courses that explore advanced science, math problem solving, social sciences, creative writing, invention and innovation, visual arts, performing arts, and global and cultural studies.
To be eligible for BSI, students must be Iowa residents, must be completing grade 7 or 8, and must be nominated by their schools. Students selected for BSI receive a scholarship to cover part of the institute's cost.
Junior Scholars Institute
The Junior Scholars Institute (JSI) is a one-week program in which students take a single advanced course for the entire week. Students choose from courses on subjects ranging from creative writing to engineering to the arts.
JSI is open to students from around the world. To be eligible, students must be completing grade 6, 7, or 8. They may nominate themselves and must submit a nomination packet. Students selected for JSI receive a scholarship to cover part of the institute's cost.
National Scholars Institute
The National Scholars Institute (NSI) is a one-week program that provides an advanced educational experience designed to enhance the development of talent. Students enroll in one advanced-level course, choosing from math, science, visual arts, creative writing, leadership, and other subjects.
NSI is open to students from around the world. To be eligible for the institute, students must be completing grade 9, 10, or 11 and must submit a nomination packet. Students selected for the institute receive a scholarship to cover part of the institute's cost.
Secondary Student Training Program
Students in grades 10-11 may nominate themselves for the Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), a five and one-half-week residential summer research program at the University of Iowa. SSTP students conduct scientific research in University laboratories under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students earn 3 s.h. of academic credit. Visit the SSTP website to learn more about the program, including eligibility and application.