Coe Talented and Gifted (TAG) Summer Academy

Due to travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19, the 2020 Talented and Gifted Summer Academy has been canceled. We hope to see you for the 2021 program!

Summer courses for talented and gifted students from across the world. Click here to apply.

Student and physics professor examining a vial

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.

  • 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

Attendees will receive a $5,000 scholarship for Coe College if they enroll as a full-time student.

Entertainment and sports on the Coe College campus.

  • Coe theater
  • Climbing wall
  • Fitness center/swimming pool
  • Sand volleyball/basketball/soccer
  • Ultimate frisbee

Students at trampoline park

Summer 2020 Course Offerings

WEEK 1 – July 5 Sunday – July 10 Friday

  • MATERIAL SCIENCE ENGINEERING - Dr. Caio B. Bragatto, Assistant Professor of Physics: Material science is a fundamental piece of almost all of the recent technological improvements in our lives, including the environmental, medical, and energy fields. Dr. Bragatto (a Materials Science Engineering PhD) will cover the intrinsic relationship between chemical composition, structure and property of materials - ranging from traditional materials (metals, ceramics, polymers) to modern materials (nano materials, superconductors, bio active materials). Using state-of-the-art research-grade equipment, such as Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope, Raman Spectroscopy, and X-Ray Diffractometer the students perform a host of structure/property measurements on sample materials they produce in our laboratories. 
  • PERSONAL LEADERSHIP – by Dr. Vinh Q. Nguyen, Associate 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.

WEEK 2 – July 12 Sunday – July 17 Friday

  • NARRATIVE NONFICTIONby Dr. Allison Carr, Assistant Professor of RhetoricStudents 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.

  • QUANTUM PHYSICSby Dr. Ugur Akgun, Associate Professor of PhysicsIntroductory 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.


Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
8-9 AM Breakfast
8:50 AM Commuter students arrive on campus
9 AM - 12 PM Class Activities
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Lecture sessions
  • Visiting active research laboratories
  • Talks from various science speakers
12-1 PM Lunch
1-4 PM Class Activities
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Lecture sessions
  • Visiting active research laboratories
  • Talks from various science speakers
4 PM Commuter students depart. (Note: Commuter students may participate in social excursions and dinner for a nominal fee.)
4-6 PM Social Excursion
6-7 PM Dinner
7-9 PM Entertainment and Cultural Activities
11 PM Lights Out

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.

Professor doing a science experiment with fire