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.


Erin Morris Miller Chair Antonia Szymanski, Awards Chair (Dissertation Award)
Carla Brigandi, Chair Elect Brittany Anderson, Awards Co-Chair
Sakhavat Mammadov, Program Chair/Research Into Practice Lindsay Lee, Secretary
Julia Hujar, Assitant Program Chair Cindy Gilson, Past Chair
Celeste Sodergren, Rebecca Johnson, Graduate Student Committee


Research & Evaluation Committees

If you are interested in serving on the Graduate Student Committee, please contact one of the co-chairs.
Grad Student Committee Co-Chairs: Celeste Sodergren, Rebecca Johnson

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

Deadline to submit your paper for the R&E Dissertation Award is July 31 (extended). See below for more information.

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 defended your dissertation between 1/1/2019 and 12/31/2021, you are eligible to be considered for the R&E Dissertation Award. Submissions will be accepted now through March 15, 2022. Winners receive a certificate and a special session to present his or her research at NAGC22. For more information, review the Dissertation Award Guideline and Submissions Checklist. Competition participants and reviewers can preview the rubric that will be used to judge the papers here.

If you are interested in reviewing the submitted papers, please review the Guidelines for Reviewers and complete the survey by July 31, 2022

The deadline to submit your paper for the R&E Dissertation Award has been extended to July 31, 2022.

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

2021 Dissertation Award Winners

Dissertation winners present their research at a session at NAGC21.

1st Place: Brenda Davis
Title: Influences on Academic Talent Development of High-Ability Black Females: An Explanatory Holistic Multiple-Case Design 
Awarding University: Baylor Universtiy

2nd Place (tie): Chandra Floyd, Ph.D.
Title: Promoting Equity in Gifted Education: Stories from Selected Virginia Gifted Education Leaders 
Awarding University: William & Mary University

2nd Place (tie): Rachel L. Renbarger, Ph.D.
Title: Investigating the McNair Program and Alumni Outcomes
Awarding University: Baylor 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. Although participation in the Research Gala is not a requirement, it is highly encouraged among participants. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2022.

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:

**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 Brittany Anderson, for further information about the Dissertation Award.

Use this Form to register for the Gala
Complete the online submission checklist
R&E Research Gala 2022 Guidelines

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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 certificate to the NAGC store. 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 R&E Awards Chair-Elect, Brittany Anderson.

Research Gala Winners

Completed Research
Maryann Hebda
Baylor University

In-Progress Research
Lihong Xie
University of Connecticut

Non-Doctoral, In-Process Research
Hannah Davis
Baylor University

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