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Fourth Annual Research & Evaluation Student Research Gala, November 2009
The Research and Evaluation Network of the National Association for Gifted Children is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Research Gala to be held during the annual conference in St. Louis, MO (November 5-8, 2009). We are seeking graduate students who are interested in sharing their completed or in-progress research with an audience of interested educators and researchers, including a panel of jurors who will provide feedback on the research.

Participants will be asked to submit a letter of intent by May 1, 2009 to the Research and Evaluation Research Gala planning committee including a brief (250 words or fewer) description of the project to be shared.

2009 Application 

Participants will prepare a 15-page summary of the research project (inclusive of all figures, tables, and appendices) by June 1, 2009 which will be submitted to the panel of jurors prior to the Research Gala to ensure adequate time for thoughtful feedback to participants.

Participants will be responsible for preparing and displaying a poster of their research project (to specifications) which will be displayed at the Research Gala event. It is expected that participants will register for the convention, will attend the Research Gala session, and will be available during the session to discuss and answer questions related to the research project. Participants and the panel of jurors will have an opportunity to discuss the projects briefly in small groups at the event and will have the opportunity to share their work with other interested educators and researchers at a reception during the Gala.
Posters will be judged in the following 4 categories:

  • Completed, doctoral-level research,
  • Doctoral level work-in-progress,
  • Non-doctoral completed research, and
  • Non-doctoral work-in-progress.

Works-in-progress may include research proposals and research projects not yet completed. Completed research will include all components of the study including findings, implications, and conclusions. Non-doctoral level research describes the research projects of individuals not currently enrolled in doctoral programs such as master’s and bachelor’s-level student research.

All participants in the Research Gala will have the opportunity to network with researchers in the field of gifted education, including senior scholars whose work shaped the field, representatives from higher education and other individuals seeking future job candidates. Participants with the highest scores from the panel of jurors will receive recognition for their scholarly accomplishments at the Gala. Finally, one paper will be chosen as the overall "best in show" which will allow that graduate student to receive an award of a graduate student registration fee for the 2010 NAGC conference.

On behalf of the NAGC Research and Evaluation Network, we urge you to consider this tremendous professional opportunity. If you have any questions, contact Patti Wood ( or Carol Carman ( We look forward to showcasing the collective great works of the next generation of scholars in the field of gifted education.