Research & Evaluation Network Awards

Research and Evaluation Dissertation Award Competition

Submmissions have closed for 2018/2019 dissertation. Check back next January for 2020 award.

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 Jennifer Ritchotte.

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 Jennifer Ritchotte,​ 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 Cindy Gilson, Chair-elect R&E Network