Coe Talented and Gifted (TAG) Summer Academy

Coe TAG is back! We are accepting applications for the summer of 2022!

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 2022, Course Offerings

Sunday, July 10 – Friday, July 15 

1) PERSONAL LEADERSHIP – Dr. Vinh Q. Nguyen, Professor of Business Administration and Economics:

Leading and conquering oneself is the greatest victory in life. Personal leadership is the leadership of the self and this is the foundation of successful leadership. Peter Drucker, a well-known expert and founder of modern management, said self-leadership is the only leadership that is going to matter in the 21st century. This course will discuss the art and science of personal leadership. The objective of the course is to help students develop an awareness and understanding of the keys to successful self-leadership.  

2) An Immersive Physics Experience: ASTROPHYSICS AND QUANTUM PHYSICS - Drs. James Wetzel, and Ugur Akgun

This course will be divided into two independent parts. In the morning students will cover Astrophysics topics with Dr. Wetzel, and in the afternoon they will learn about the basics of Quantum Physics from Dr. Ugur Akgun. 

The astrophysics part will be an introduction to the objects and phenomena found in the universe, including the solar system, planets, moons, comets, meteors, the sun, stars, birth and death of stars, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars, and cosmological evolution. The hands-on sessions will cover methods such as angular size, parallax, telescopes, spectroscopy, and observational data analysis such as the mass of Jupiter, giant planets, asteroids, and the Sun. 

The quantum physics part will be an 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 hands-on sessions, 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 weeklong course

$1,200 for resident students
$900 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