Networks - Research & Evaluation


The Research & Evaluation Network's primary mission is to ensure a spirit of inquiry among NAGC members by informing the membership about research needs and methodologies and by encouraging and supporting them in their research efforts. Further, the mission is to develop and promote forums for coordinating research and disseminating it to educators and policy-makers that can make the important difference for all gifted children. Specifically, the Network undertakes activities that will:

  • determine and encourage needed research, methodology, and program evaluation on key topics;
  • determine and encourage presentation of relevant research topics and evaluation and methods in gifted education;
  • determine resources to support research and evaluation in gifted education;
  • establish networks with other relevant professional organizations and NAGC Networks;
  • encourage the use of ethical standards for conducting and reporting research and evaluation in gifted education; and
  • develop guidelines for graduate training that specify research and evaluation skills.


Megan Foley-Nicpon, Chair

Janette Boazman, Communications Chair

Matthew Makel, Chair-Elect

Kate Snyder, Awards Co-Chair

Hope Bess Wilson, Secretary

Lisa Foster, Awards Co-Chair
Karen Rambo-Hernandez,  Program Chair Nielsen Pereira, Treasurer
Ann Rinn, Assistant Program Chair D. Besty McCoach, Past Chair


Research & Evaluation Committees

If you interested in serving on one of the following committees, please contact the chair. 
Communications Committee: Janette Boazman, Chair
Grad Student Committee: Cindy Massicotte, Chair 
Membership Committee: Hope Bess Wilson, Chair
Program Committee: Karen Rambo-Hernandez, Chair
Publications Committee: Bronwyn MacFarlane, Chair
Strategic Initiatives:  Nielsen Pereira, Chair
Ad Hoc Mid-Career & Beyond: Tonya Moon, Chair 

2014 Research and Evaluation Dissertation Award Competition

Call for Submissions

The Research and Evaluation Division runs an annual Dissertation Award competition. The winner of the award receives a plaque, a special session to present his or her research at the NAGC , and early-bird conference registration for theNAGC Convention). To be eligible for the dissertation award, the applicant must: 1) be a member of the Research and Evaluation Network of NAGC, 2) have defended his or her dissertation during the calendar year. Applicants should submit an article length manuscript (no longer than 25 pages) based on the dissertation. Any manuscripts longer than 25 pages, exclusive of tables, figures, and references, will be immediately disqualified. In addition, each applicant should submit a cover letter which includes his/her name, address, email address, phone number, current occupation and institution, and the date that he/she defended his/her dissertation. Application packages were due by February 12, 2014, for then2014 award. More information is available from Lisa Hall Foster

Papers should be submitted as either pdf or word files and blinded.

The winners from the 2013 competition are:
1st place: Kate Snyder
Dissertation Title: Developmental Pathways in Underachievement
Awarding Institution:  Duke University
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia
Current Institution: University of Louisville; College of Education and Human Development
Contact email:

2nd Place: April Coleman
Dissertation Title: Effects of One Special School on Gifted and High Ability Students' Project Quality, Academic Engagement, and Investment in Academic Learning
Awarding Institution: The University of Alabama
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jane Newman
Current Institution: Mississippi University for Women, Elementary Education and Gifted Studies
Contact email:

Graduate Student Research Gala  

Deadline Extended to 5 pm EST, July 18th

The Research Gala provides an opportunity for graduate students to receive valuable feedback on their research, network with experts in the field of gifted education and showcase their research. We are currently accepting submissions for the NAGC Research & Evaluation Network Graduate Student Research Gala, to be held during the 2014 NAGC convention in Baltimore, MD (Nov 13-16). Although participation in the research gala is not a requirement, it is highly encouraged among participants.

Participants will:

  • Submit a 20-page research paper by July 1st, 2014
  • Create a poster for presentation at the Gala at the NAGC Convention

Winners will be selected for the following categories:

  • Doctoral-level completed research**
  • Doctoral-level in-progress research
  • Non-doctoral level completed research
  • Non-doctoral level in-progress research

**Please note that the Doctoral-level Completed Research category no longer includes completed dissertation research; however, doctoral students may want to consider submitting their completed dissertation research for the Research and Evaluation Network Dissertation Award. You may contact the Graduate Student Research Gala Chair, Dr. Lisa Hall Foster at for further information about the Dissertation Award.

Research papers will be judged by experts in the field of giftedness, creativity, and talent. Winners will be announced at the Gala, and will receive an award certificate and gift card. Gala participants must be a member of the Research & Evaluation Network to participate.  All NAGC members are allowed three free network memberships.  Guidelines/instructions for submitters and criteria for judging are provided here.  All applicants must complete a submission checklist.  All submissions must be emailed to Dr. Kate Snyder no later than 5pm EST on July 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Student Research Gala Chair, Dr. Kate Snyder (, 502-852-8796). 

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