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.


Matthew Makel, Chair

Hope (Bess) Wilson, Communications Chair

Hope (Bess) Wilson, Chair-Elect

Cindy Gilson, Awards Co-Chair

Hope (Bess) Wilson, Secretary

Christine Weber, Awards Co-Chair
Lori Flint,  Program Chair Nielsen Pereira, Treasurer
Bess Wilson, Assistant Program Chair Jill Adelson, Past Chair


Research & Evaluation Committees

If you interested in serving on one of the following committees, please contact the chair. 
Communications Committee: Hope (Bess) Wilson, Chair
Grad Student Committee: Jeb Puryear, Chair 
Membership Committee: Joanne Funk, Chair
Program Committee: Karen Rambo-Hernandez, Chair
Publications Committee: Bronwyn MacFarlane, Chair
Strategic Initiatives:  Matt Fugate, Chair

Research and Evaluation Dissertation Award Competition

Call for Submissions

The NAGC Research and Evaluation Network hosts an annual Dissertation Award competition. The winner of the award receives a certificate, a special session to present their dissertation research at the NAGC, and early-bird conference registration for the upcoming NAGC Convention. The Dissertation Award is designed to recognize high-quality dissertations relevant in gifted education, creativity, and talent development, support the development of emerging scholars through critical review of and substantive feedback about completed dissertation research, and to provide a forum for the presentation and dissemination of dissertation research conducted by leaders among emerging scholars. All research papers submitted for this award should pertain to a topic regarding the field of gifted education (including creativity and talent development). Qualitative and quantitative research studies are most appropriate. Literature reviews, theoretical pieces, and methodological papers will be considered for review, but will be judged according to the same rubric as qualitative and quantitative studies.

Eligibility requirements for the 2016 Dissertation Award:
- Must be a current member of NAGC R&E Network
- Dissertation defended during 2014 or 2015 calendar years

To participate, reveiw the specific competition guidelines here.  Then complete the application for the 2016 R&E Dissertation Award.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016, by midnight.

If you have held a Ph.D. for three or more years and you would like to volunteer to review submissions to the dissertation competiion, please review the specific reviewer guidelines here. Then complete the checklist for reviewers

If you have any questions about participating in the Dissertation Award competition or about being a reviewer for this event, please contact Dr. Cindy M. Gilson.

2016 Dissertation Award Winners

1st place: Linda Pigott Robinson
Title: What Works with Secondary Gifted Learners: A Qualitative Case Study of the Curriculum and Instructional Approaches of the North Carolina Governor's School
Awarding Institution: North Carolina State University

2nd place: Kelly Kearney
Title: Adolescent Reflections on Self and Other: Self-Perception as a Protective Factor in Talent Development
Awarding Institution: University of Connecticut

3rd place: C. Matthew Fugate
Title: Lifting the Cloak of Invisibility: A Collective Case Study of Girls with Characteristics of Giftedness and ADHD
Awarding Institution: Purdue University 

Graduate Student Research Gala  

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 2016 NAGC Convention in Orlando, FL (Nov. 3-6). The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2016. Although participation in the research gala is not a requirement, it is highly encouraged among participants.

Participants will:

  • +Submit a 20-page research paper
  • 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, Cindy Gilson 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. First place winners will receive a gift card. Guidelines/instructions for submitters and criteria for judging are provided here.  All applicants must complete a submission checklist

Interested judges may apply to be reviewers by completing a reviewer survey.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Student Research Gala Chair, Christine Weber, 904-620-1754. 

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