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Talent Search

Talent Search is the portal to GATI. It is a journey that often involves testing and interviews that will help identify your child’s strengths. 

How to Participate

1. Apply to GATI Talent Search
        - If you are new to GATI, simply fill out an online application.
        - If you are already a GATI scholar and want to enroll, go to UCI Portal. 

    2. Register for Testing and Interview

    3. Test and Interview

Measuring your child’s academic strengths and gifts is a holistic process. While testing is important, it alone cannot tell the whole story. GATI identifies and invites gifted pre-college students through a multifaceted procedure that involves both testing and interviews. 

For Future Majors in:
  • Sociology

  • Communication

  • Digital Humanities

  • Computer Science

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

  • Education

The Entire Gaming Ecosystem:
  • Esports

  • Game Design

  • Research

  • Shoutcasting

  • Business 

Popular Research Topics:
  • Rage or Sage: Social Effects of Extreme Gaming

  • Psychological Benefits of Gaming

  • Gamification of Learning

  • Communication and Gaming

  • Call of Duty: Gamification of Warfare

GATI Eligibility Policy

Core Principles

Game-Based Research & Learning

  • Research topics in esports and games with top faculty and leaders in informatics and gaming.

  • Access to UCI's resources for game-based research, including the esports arena and state-of-the-art labs.

  • Get feedback on your explorations of gamification, game learning and game science.


Application & 


  • Apply elements of game design, including design mechanics, user research, virtual reality and augmented reality. 

  • Create and prototype basic games or esports concept with guidance from industry professionals.

  • Pitch esports club/organization or a game concept to principals, investors and/or judges. 

GSET Lead Faculty

Kurt Squire

Professor at UCI Department of Informatics

Squire is designing and developing (with colleagues at MIT) one of the first augmented reality games.

He has also built a network of universities focused on showing educational technology publishers how a game-based curriculum can succeed commercially.

Mark Deppe

Director at UCI Esports and Commissioner at North American Scholastic Esports Federation

Deppe led the effort to create the world-renowned esports program at UC Irvine. He has helped UCI break six world records and recently led the League of Legends team to a 2018 Collegiate Championship. 

GSET Daily Residential Schedule

Morning Classes 

Lectures & Workshops

  • Attend university lectures and workshops on game science, game learning and innovation.

  • Work closely with world's leading professors and experts in games and digital media.

Afternoon Arena / Lab

Research & Site Visits

  • Engage in research of cognitive, intellectual and social aspects of esports and multiplayer online video games.

  • Special access to UCI esports arena and state-of-art research facilities for hands-on demonstrations of advanced lab techniques.

  • Field trips to / Guests speakers from gaming and entertainment companies in Southern California (i.e. Blizzard, Oblivion). 

Evening Innovation

Capstone Projects

  • Connect your gaming knowledge and experience with college-readiness. 

  • Build long-lasting relationships with advisors and other gifted and talented students from around the world.  

  • Complete your capstone project(s) — design your own game, compete in leagues, build your presentation for establishing your own high school esports club and/or finalize your cognitive research on game learning. 

Tuition & Scholarship

Program Fees*: $4,995 (Early: $4,595)
  * Fees include all instructional materials, room & board and GSET-arranged activities.  
Scholarships Available for:
  • California residents
  • Outstanding applicants that demonstrate superior knowledge and skills in gaming (i.e. game design, esports, game research, etc)
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