the Gifted Education Resource Institute

The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery, study, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1974, GERI's mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enriched programs for gifted, creative, and talented youth; graduate programs for future scholars and leaders; professional development and coursework for educators of gifted, creative, and talented students; and cutting-edge research in psychology and education related to giftedness, creativity, and talent development. GERI's work encompasses:

  • Researching gifted education and the psychology of talent development.
  • Educating professionals from around the world to promote the development of gifted, creative, and talented individuals.
  • Providing services and special programs for gifted and talented individuals and their families.

What makes GERI Summer Camps so great?

GERI has been serving gifted, creative, and talented students since 1974. Every summer students like you come to Purdue University and experience programs designed to stimulate their imaginations and expand their abilities. We also offer a variety of recreational activities and a chance for you to get a taste of college life as you live on campus in Purdue’s residence halls. Here’s what you’ll experience at GERI Summer Camp:

Intellectual Challenge - GERI classes are small, challenging, fast-paced, and interactive.

Talented and Caring Staff - Our teachers thrive on sharing their knowledge and experience with students.

Outstanding Facilities - Purdue is a world-class research university, and GERI students have the use of state-of-the-art laboratories, computing facilities, and a variety of libraries.

Friendships -GERI attracts a diverse group of gifted, talented, and creative people from all over the world! You will find friends who share your interests and love of learning.

Independence - With supervision, guidance, and support from the GERI staff to help you adapt and thrive, you will live in residence halls, learn in university classrooms and labs, and take advantage of Purdue’s cultural and recreational facilities, just like college students.

Fun - GERI camp counselors make time outside of class rewarding through activities including night at the movies, basketball, bowling, scavenger hunts, game tournaments, and field trips.

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Gifted Education Resource Institute
100 N. University St., BRNG 5178
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

Phone: (765) 494-7243
Fax: (765) 496-2706



Dr. Marcia Gentry
Executive Director

Kristen Seward
Associate Director

Corinne Green and Ophelie Desmet

Andres Parra
Residential Life Coordinator

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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