Gifted University for Parents and Precocious Youth

The GUPPY program has different curriculum for grades 3-4 and for grades 5-6. Please take note of the slightly different dates for each grade level listed below. You can view the different topic “tracks” for each grade level on the GUPPY Curriculum page.

GUPPY 3-4, A 2-day program for grades 3 & 4

PROGRAM DATES: Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, June 23, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended to May 28, 2019


GUPPY 5-6, A 3-day program for grades 5 & 6

PROGRAM DATES: Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended to May 28, 2019


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GUPPY Description

GUPPY is designed for young gifted and talented students to attend classes taught by MSU faculty and staff at Michigan State University for the weekend. This GATE program will offer young gifted students a variety of accelerated exploratory educational presentations and hands-on experiences in MSU’s laboratories and classrooms. Please see the different class track options on the GUPPY Curriculum page. Each track has a variety of STEAM-based classes. Participants will eat lunch in the MSU dining halls. There will be an optional evening activity at MSU on Saturday evening; details will be announced. A parent must accompany the student to this activity. On Sunday afternoon, a closing ceremony will celebrate the GUPPY experience for students and parents.

Commuter option: Local families commute daily by dropping off and picking up their student each day from campus.

Hotel stay option: Families living a distance from campus mustaccompany their students and may stay overnight at a locally prearranged hotel at a special MSU rate or make reservations on their own with another hotel of their choice. Families are responsible for the cost of their hotel stay. (Families are also responsible for their own meals - only lunch is provided for the participant.)

Parent "U" Day - Sunday, June 23, 2019

Parents, save the date! You are invited to attend GUPPY’s Parent University, which provides informational presentations conducted by gifted experts. Parent University occurs on Sunday, June 23, 2019 (lunch on your own). Various topics related to gifted education and raising a gifted child will be discussed. The morning presentations will focus on introductory topics, while the afternoon presentations will be about intermediate topics. Topics in the past have included: Gifted 101, Roadmap to Advocacy, IQ Testing, and Spatial Learners. There will also be an Ask the Gifted Expert panel session where the speakers will answer parent questions. Directly following Parent University is the GUPPY Closing Ceremony with your student. 

GUPPY Sample Schedule

8:00 am - 8:15 am Check-in/drop-off
8:30 am - 9:45 am Class 1
10:05 am - 11:20 am Class 2
11:20 am - 12:45 pm Lunch and Coordinated Activity Time
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Class 3
2:20 pm - 3:35 pm Class 4
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Pick-up
4:15 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner on your own
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Optional Evening Activity (Saturday evening only - tentative)


In June of 2019, GUPPY students visited Alexandria's Nature Bus. This trip was funded by a grant offered by the Spirit of Alexandria Foundation, started in memory of Alexandria Bennett. The foundation's mission is conneting children to nature. For more information please visit