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:
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|
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
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 2017 Dissertation Award:
- Must be a current member of NAGC R&E Network
- Dissertation defended during 2015 or 2016 calendar years
The deadline for submissions is will be posted in December
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.
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
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.
Winners will be selected for the following categories:
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.