students conducting research at Belin Blank

Students are mentored in real research settings during the Secondary Training Program.

The Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is a comprehensive center focused on empowering and serving the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy.

The center provides specialized educational opportunities, assessment, and counseling for gifted students. It also offers professional development for educators and research that advances gifted education and acceleration worldwide.

Opportunities include a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programs such as Invent Iowa, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and STEM Excellence and Leadership — an after-school math and science enrichment program for rural students in Iowa thanks to support from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.



4,340 students from Iowa, the U.S., and abroad who participated in the center's programs


749 teachers enrolled in professional development workshops


657 students from across Iowa participated in the Iowa online advanced placement academy

The Martin and Melva Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

Bucksbaum Academy students smiling

Back row standing (l-r): Devyn Stewart; Jan Warren, Assistant Director Belin-Blank Center, Juancarlos Tello; Henry Sharpe; Ava Stipanovich; Bryanna Thumma; Austin Henerson; Phuc Le; Max Salinger; Kolten Hagens. Sitting (l-r); Brady Farmer; Hannah Dobroski - Bucksbaum Ambassador; Maddy Pettit - Bucksbaum Ambassador.

The Martin and Melva Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math enrolled its first class of highly able high school students from across the state and around the country this fall. This is the first residential academy in Iowa for high-ability high school students who are rising juniors. This exceptional opportunity is the result of a $10 million gift from Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan and Patrick Scanlan to the Belin-Blank Center in early 2016.