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.

Download a list of Graduate Programs in Gifted Education. UPDATED  Use this form for changes and additions.

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.


Hope (Bess) Wilson, Chair Todd Kettler, Dissertation Award
Cindy Gilson, Chair-Elect Robert Walker, Membership
  Megan Foley-Nicpon, Past Chair
Kate Snyder, Asst. Program Chair Sue Hyeon Paek, Research to Practice
Jennifer Ritchotte, Graduate Student Gala  


Research & Evaluation Committees

If you interested in serving on the Graduate Student Committee, please contact one of the co-chairs.
Grad Student Committee Co-Chairs: Ophélie Desmet, Anne Roberts

For those looking to continue their education in gifted education, download Graduate Programs in Gifted Education, a resource compiled by the Graduate Student Committee of the R&E Network. 

Research and Evaluation Dissertation Award Competition

Submissions for the 2019 Dissertation Award are being accepted at this time.  Eligible dissertations must have been defended in 2017 or 2018. Deadline to submit is March 25, 2019, at 11:59 PM CST.  Click here for submission instructions.  Complete the Dissertation Award submission checklist.

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.

If you have any questions about participating in the Dissertation Award competition or about being a reviewer for this event, please contact Todd Kettler.

2019 Dissertation Award Winners

Dissertation winners present their research at a session at NAGC19.

1st place: Kristen Lamb
Title: Creative Self-Efficacy and Personality: From Imagination to Creativity
Awarding University: University of North Texas

2nd place: Jaret Hodges
Title: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on the Identification Rates of Underrepresented Populations in the State of Florida    
Awarding University: Purdue University

3rd place: Monica Meadows
Title: Gender Differences in STEM Sense of Belonging for Academically Advanced Middle School Students
Awarding University: University of Arkansas Little Rock


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. 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 Todd Kettler,​ 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 an online  submission checklist

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

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Ritchotte, Award Co-Chair, Graduate Student Gala.

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