Summer Institute for the Gifted
at the University of Chicago
The First Full Week!
Academic Corner: Cosmic Proportions
Written By Kevin Tien
Of all my classes in my first five days at SIG, Cosmic Proportions has been the most challenging and intriguing course. We always start with a unique roll-calling method, replying "Aye aye, captain!" to our TA, Jimmy, when he calls out our names. Next, Jimmy takes out a folded piece of paper with the word of the day scrawled out in pen. Although the majority of our class hails from outside of America, they make an effort to absorb these complex words. In class, we were assigned the challenge of preparing a presentation on a given topic with three different languages being spoken among us. Usually, astronomical terms are not taught in a foreign language course. However, once we managed to break the communication barrier, we were able to deliver an adequate presentation of the Big Bang. With a captivating book by Stephen Hawking, a very diverse class of gifted students, and many discussions of cosmological concepts ahead us, this class will surely be beneficial to all of us.
SIG Cafe for the Seniors
A time to just hang out, eat snacks, play games, and bond with your friends
Staff Talent Show
Ryan can sing like Frank Sinatra!
More from the Staff Talent Show
These guys are too cool!
Counselor Spotlight: Jenn Rahn
What university do (did) you attend? Liberty University
What is (was) your major? B.S. in Psychology and a M.Ed in School Counseling
Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I will have completed my PhD in Behavioral/Neuroscience, teaching internationally, touring in my band, and still working as part of the SIG team.
Why did you decide to work at SIG? After extensive research and global traveling, I have yet to find a program like SIG. It coincides with my personal philosophy regarding learning as an everyday experience, rather than coincides set academic walls.
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