Services for Students & Families

Gifted Boys Conference

(7th-grade boys only)

January 10, 2013

Conference Schedule
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. "Why I Love Engineering" by Dr. Nathan Huntoon
11:15 a.m. - 12 Noon Breakout Session*
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Complimentary Box Lunch
1 - 1:50 p.m. Breakout Session*
The Gifted Boys Conference is offered through the Gifted Students Institute (click here for the GSI home page).

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nathan Huntoon, Director, SMU Innovation Gymnasium

Dr. Huntoon graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He immediately went to work for the U.S. Navy as a Civil Servant working at China Lake Naval Weapons Center in California. He received both his MSEE and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from SMU. Dr. Huntoon founded the SMU Robotics Club in late 2006. The purpose of the club is to give undergraduate students real design problems, and have them work on interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Huntoon’s work on the Robotics Club brought him to the attention of the development team for the Innovation Gymnasium. As Director of the Innovation Gymnasium, Dr. Huntoon is responsible for developing and leading student design projects. In addition to running the Innovation Gymnasium, Dr. Huntoon also teaches Senior Design in the EE Department at SMU.

*Breakout Sessions 2013 will be posted as the conference date nears.


Conference Location

The Gifted Boys Conference will be held on the SMU campus.  A map (click here to link to SMU's online map site), parking directions, and confirmation letter will be faxed to the participant's school within two days of receiving the registration.  Space is limited; please make reservations early. 


Click here for the bus parking and student drop off map. For those driving cars, click here for a visitor parking map.

Conference Fee

The conference registration fee per person is $45. The registration fee for boys who are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program is only $10. The Conference is limited to 7th-grade boys and their teachers/sponsors, but each teacher who registers five boys will receive a free registration.  Breakfast is NOT provided, and the light lunch (included in the registration fee) is not served until 12:15.


Complete a registration form (below) for each boy and adult attending (copy the form as needed).  All boys must be accompanied by either a teacher or a parent, and there must be at least one sponsor for every ten boys. Due to space limitations, the conference is limited to seventh-grade boys and their sponsors. Notice that the form requires a Guardian's signature.  

Registration deadline is January 2, 2013.

Please mail all of the registrations for any one group of boys sponsored by the same adult together in one packet with a check or purchase order payable to SMU/GSI.  Requests for refunds must be received seven days before the lecture/workshop; otherwise no refund will be made.  Cancellation prior to one week will be refunded less a $15 handling fee; a check for the balance will be mailed in 3 to 4 weeks.  Registrations and payment information must be sent to:

Gifted Students Institute
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750383
Dallas TX  75275-0383

Click here for a PDF registration form.

Contact Information

Phone: 214-768-4383
Fax: 214-768-3147