Coe TAG  - Talented and Gifted Summer Academy

Summer courses for talented and gifted students from across the world

The Coe College Talented and Gifted Summer Academy provides motivated high school students from across the globe the opportunity to experience advanced courses with applied outcomes. Participants will be involved in week-long workshops, including classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions with Coe College professors. As part of the program, students have the option to live on campus or participate as commuter students. Students opting for the on-campus housing option will stay in the residence halls at Coe and be accompanied by a trained Resident Assistant (RA) during the academy. Social activities will be planned for participants on Coe's campus and in the Cedar Rapids area.

  • Trampoline park
    NewBo Market
    Experience a small liberal arts college campus.
  • All classes taught by current Coe College professors.
    • Maximum of 12 students per class.
  • Social and cultural activities in Cedar Rapids. Past activities have included:
    • NewBo District
    • Ice skating
    • Trampoline parks
    • Art museum
    • Swimming/hiking at nearby state parks
  • Entertainment and sports on the Coe College campus.
    • Coe theater
    • Climbing wall
    • Fitness center/swimming pool
    • Sand volleyball/basketball/soccer
    • Ultimate frisbee

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Summer Course Offerings

Week 1 (July 22-27, 2018)

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP – by Dr. Vinh Q. NguyenAssociate Professor of Business Administration and Economics

Great leaders are first and foremost great at leading themselves.  Personal leadership is the leadership of the self and this is the foundation of successful leadership.  Peter Drucker, the well-known expert and founder of modern management, said that self-leadership is the only leadership that is going to matter in the 21st century.  If a person cannot lead himself or herself, he/she then will be led by other people. This course will discuss the art and science of personal leadership.  Students will study various contemporary theories of leadership and read stories and case studies on this subject.  The objective of the course is to help students have an awareness and understanding of the keys to successful self-leadership.  With these keys, students will be able to develop themselves to become great leaders. 

Vinh Q. Nguyen
Dr. Vinh Q. Nguyen

NEWTONIAN PHYSICS – by Dr. Firdevs Duru, Assistant Professor of Physics

The scientific revolution started with Sir Isaac Newton’s development of classical mechanics in 17th century. In this course the students are going to a journey that will cover classical physics until quantum era. Topics will include kinematics, dynamics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, light, and astronomy. There will also be daily laboratory sessions to improve our conceptual understanding with hands-on exercises.

Firdevs Duru
Dr. Firdevs Duru

NARRATIVE NONFICTION – by Dr. Allison Carr, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

Students will read short essays by masters of the craft of narrative nonfiction, a type of writing that tells true stories with literary artistry. After we learn about the genre, students will put their knowledge into practice, writing and sharing their own stories.

Allison Carr
Dr. Allison Carr

Week 2 (July 29-August 3, 2018)

QUANTUM PHYSICS – by Dr. Ugur Akgun, Associate Professor of Physics

Introductory study of the phenomena, techniques and models of modern physics including quantum phenomena, special relativity physics and their interpretive models will be covered in the lectures. In the hand-on laboratories, the students will perform historically groundbreaking experiments such as electron diffraction, e/m experiment, atomic spectra, muon lifetime, quantum analogs, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) radioactivity, and x-rays.

Dr. Ugur Akgun
Dr. Ugur Akgun

SPORTS ANALYTICS – by Dr. Ryan Baranowski Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics

Since the "Moneyball" revolution, popularized by Michael Lewis's bestseller about Billy Beane and the Oakland A's, major league baseball has seen a transformation in playing style, team construction, and player evaluation. This course covers the basics of baseball analytics, or the use of data to guide the decision making process. We will discuss how to calculate and evaluate new measures of player performance such as Runs Created, Fielding Independent Pitching, and Wins Above Replacement. Students will be introduced to computer programming in the statistical program R and learn how to visualize data in effective ways. 

Ryan Baranowski
Dr. Ryan Baranowski



Sample Daily Schedule:

8-9 a.m. Breakfast
8:50 a.m. Commuter students arrive on campus
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Class Activities

  • Hands-on sessions
  • Lecture sessions
  • Visiting active research laboratories
  • Talks from various science speakers
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-4 p.m.

Class Activities

  • Hands-on sessions
  • Lecture sessions
  • Visiting active research laboratories
  • Talks from various science speakers
4 p.m. Commuter students depart. (Note: Commuter students may participate in social excursions and dinner for a nominal fee.)
4-6 p.m. Social Excursion
6-7 p.m. Dinner
7-9 p.m. Entertainment and Cultural Activities
11 p.m. Lights Out


Classroom instruction

Cost per week-long course

$1,000 for resident students
$750 for commuter students

You may apply to participate in both weeks or just one.
The cost for resident students includes the course, housing, meals and entertainment activities. The cost for commuter students includes the course and lunch. Commuter students may participate in entertainment activities and dinner for a nominal fee.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Ugur Akgun
Director, TAG Summer Academy

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