Welcome to the Karnes Center!

Welcome to The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. This center was founded by Dr. Karnes in order to meet the needs of gifted students, their parents, teachers, and community members. We strive to provide access to learning experiences that engage and inspire students not just in Mississippi, but throughout the nation.

In this, our fortieth year, we have taken residence in a different location on our beautiful campus. The day our shingle and dedication plaque were moved was the day our new location began to feel like home. Not only do we have a new physical location, but this site is our new online home as well. You can reach our university site, which contains static information about each of our programs, by visiting www.usm.edu/gifted. On THIS page, you will find the ever-changing information related to programs for students in pre-school through rising high-school seniors, professional development for teachers, parent workshops, community events, and all the graduate education programs provided through our connection with The University of Southern Mississippi.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our programs, please click on PK-12 Student Programs to the left to read descriptions of currently offered courses, then visit our enrollment portal through CampDoc. While the programs are offered at similar times each year, new courses are added frequently to keep your child interested and engaged in learning.

We want to keep you updated! Please click the follow button at the bottom left (highlighted in bright blue) to receive automatic updates. Thank you for your support of Gifted Education and Gifted Individuals!

Image at left: Hattiesburg Hall is one of the dorms we use in the summer. The courtyard between Hattiesburg and Mississippi Halls was recently renovated with new plant life. We thought it was exemplary of the feel of our summer programs which combine rigorous educational experiences in a beautifully soothing environment.

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Professionally, I serve as the Director of The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. We have many wonderful things happening at the Center and hope you will check in here frequently to learn more.

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