UConn Mentor Connection 2014



July 6-25, 2014


What Is UConn Mentor Connection?

List of 2014 Mentorship Sites

Apply to 2014 Mentor Connection

Check out another learning opportunity from UConn Mentor Connection!

On May 17, 2014, we will be host Exploring Expertise, a conference for students in grades 8-12 (and their parents). Motivated adolescents are invited to spend a day at the University of Connecticut learning about career directions they might pursue in their areas of interest. Experts in a wide variety of disciplines will share their passion for their subjects and talk about the kinds of questions guiding cutting-edge research. For more information visit Exploring Expertise website.

Watch a 5 minute movie clip from 2010 program.

My Life in Felt & Foam an article by Austin Costello—former UConn Mentor Connection participant— published in March/April 2012 issue of "imagine" magazine. (Uploaded with permission.)

UConn Mentor Connection
An Inquiry-Based Summer Program for Talented Teens
The Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
University of Connecticut
Neag School of Education

UConn Mentor Connection is a summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors, held on the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. We believe students' interests, abilities, and motivation are very important talents. We also believe that it is essential for students to have opportunities to manifest their talents in high levels of creative productivity. Our work is based on the following additional beliefs:

  • Above average ability, creativity, and task commitment can be developed and nurtured.
  • Creative productivity results from the interaction of above average ability, creativity, and task commitment.
  • All social contexts, including school, the home, and the community, can influence the incidence of creative productivity. The university setting provides an especially promising context for creative productivity because first-hand inquiry is the core of almost all daily work.
  • Creative and productive individuals exist in every ethnic and cultural group and across all socioeconomic levels.


Director, Neag Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development: Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli
Program Coordinators: Heather L. Spottiswoode & Dr. Catherine Little
Residence Hall Director: Seth Newton



University of Connecticut faculty and administration
gratefully acknowledge the generous support of UConn Trustee,
William R. Berkley
and the William R. Berkley Foundation

Mentor Bar

To apply please contact

Heather L. Spottiswoode
UConn Mentor Connection
University of Connecticut
2131 Hillside Road Unit 3007
Storrs, CT 06269-3007
Tel: 860-486-0283

E-mail: Mentor Connection



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