Happy Birthday, Dr. Karnes!

There are amazing things happening on campus at Southern Miss. We are excitedly awaiting the final stages of construction of our brand new space for the Karnes Center. While we wait, we are celebrating all the good things that are to come and all the good things that make up our past.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes established the Center for Gifted Studies in 1979. We have been striving to serve the needs of gifted and talented students from all backgrounds for the past 43 years.

Our efforts and offerings include:

  • 2 Day programs in the summer featuring engaging, advanced curriculum for students with intellectual and academic gifts and talents
  • 2 one-week long residential programs for students with academic, intellectual, or leadership gifts and talents
  • 1 two-week long residential program for students with academic talents
  • 2 month-long Saturday programs during the winter months for students with intellectual or academic gifts
  • A parenting workshop series hosted in the winter months
  • The Fall Day of Sharing for Teachers
  • The Gifted Education Strand at the Making Connections Conference each spring

And there is more on the way! We cannot make an official announcement just yet, but be on the lookout for advanced levels of Professional Development, new ways to partner with us while working at your school, and year-round, online offerings for teachers and students.

None of these things would be possible without the original vision and mentorship of our dear Dr. Karnes. Her ability to find the gift in everyone she meets, and her desire to push each person to their own potential set the tone for the Center that now bears her name. Each and every day we seek opportunities to help students discover their gifts and reach their potential. Thank you, Dr. Karnes, for leading the way. We are grateful for your leadership and wish you the best birthday ever!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Karnes! We can’t wait to show everyone our new space: Coming Soon!

Day of Sharing for Teachers

We are excited to bring back the Fall Day of Sharing for Teachers! If you teach gifted students in ANY classroom, this day is for you.

  • Where: The Hattiesburg Campus of The University of Southern Miss
  • When: Saturday, September 10, 2022
  • What time:
    • Registration begins 7:30 AM
    • Program begins 8:00 AM
    • Dismissal 4:00 PM
  • How Much: $30.00 per person
  • Is Lunch provided? Yes
  • Are CEUs included? Yes (0.5 – 1.0 CEUs available)

Click Here to Register!

Thank you for a wonderful Summer Session!

What wonderful experiences we have had in Young Gifted Students, Summer In the Middle, Summer Gifted Studies, and SPATY this summer! So many young people participated and joined the Karnes Center Family this year. We hope that you valued your time with us and are looking forward for the next sessions.

Look for more in-person activities throughout the 2022-2023 School Year as well as the addition of a variety of new offerings. Please help us share the news about our programs – Let’s make this family grow.

We ended our summer with an excursion to a fireworks display – the beauty of the night sky and the colorful explosions are such symbols of the growth and excitement we have seen in each of you this summer. We can’t wait to see you again!!!

CEUs for Teachers of the Gifted

This year, The Karnes Center is proud to support the University of Southern Mississippi School of Education and Southern Regional Education Service Agency (SRESA)’s Making Connections Conference that will take place June 8 – 10 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum.

There will be a Gifted Strand at the Connections Conference this year that is taking the place of our Spring Day of Sharing. More information will be provided soon regarding the topics to be covered in that strand. We are excited to be part of this amazing conference and can’t wait to hear Keynote Speaker, Coach Ken Carter!!!

Attending the Connections Conference can provide up to 1.5 CEUs including the gifted strand as well as other sessions that will help you collaborate with a variety of teachers in your school or district.

Save These Dates

Tentative Dates for Summer Programming at the Karnes Center for 2022

1/2 Day Programs

Young Gifted Students Program

  • Students who have finished PK through students who have finished 3rd Grade
  • June 6-10, 2022
  • 9:00 AM – Noon each day

Summer In the Middle

  • Students who have finished 4th Grade through students who have finished 6th Grade
  • June 13-17, 2022
  • 9:00 AM – Noon each day

Residential Programs

Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

  • Students who have finished 7th Grade through rising high-school seniors
  • June 20- July 2, 2022

Summer Gifted Studies Program

  • Students who have finished 4th Grade through Students who have finished 8th Grade
  • June 20-25, 2022

Leadership Studies Program

  • Students who have finished 6th Grade through rising high-school seniors
  • June 27-July 2, 2022

Dates are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to applications being made available. More details coming soon!


A new offering for parents will be available on Mondays in March. We know that you have questions and we strive to answer them. Please visit our Resources for Parents Page to register for our upcoming virtual workshops for Parents.

The lunch-and-learn format allows parents to check in during their lunch hours on Mondays throughout the month of March 2022 – so we are calling it:


(We know – it’s clever – we’re quite proud of our alliteration skills.)

Beginning on March 7 and continuing through March 28, the series will cover a variety of topics relevant to raising children who have gifts and talents and those who are twice exceptional. Visit the Resources for Parents Page

now for a schedule of topics and to register. The sessions are free, but registration is required in order to provide zoom links.