Awards
 
Path Breaker Award
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The Path Breaker Award is given in recognition of collaborative research by a scholar and graduate student who co-author an article related to giftedness, creativity, or talent that is published in a journal not traditionally or regularly focused on these fields. The Path Breaker Award is designed to reward scholars in our field for publishing in journals that would not traditionally include articles with a focus on gifted, talented, or creative populations.

  • Eligibility Criteria
    • Publication (may be “In Press”) in a peer reviewed journal that does not often publish articles on topic directly targeting giftedness, creativity, or talent development. Cover date must be within the last two years before the date of the award.
    • The potential impact of the work on the fields of giftedness, creativity, or talent development should be significant.
  • Nomination Process and Timelines:
    • Award candidates may be nominated or self-nominate. 
    • Nomination must include a pdf of the article and a one-page description of the potential impact of the work on the fields of giftedness, creativity, and/or talent development.
    • Applications will be due February 1, 2017.
    • Nominations including a pdf of the article and the one-page description of the potential impact must be submitted electronically to the chair of the awards committee, Marcia Gentry (mgentry@purdue.edu) by 5 pm. Please use Path Breaker Award as the subject line.
  • Selection Criteria (in the following order of importance, beginning with most important)
    • Quality of the article (new data or analysis of existing data, strong methodology, etc.). 
    • Prestige of journal in which the article has been accepted.
    • The compelling arguments of the submitted rationale.
  • Form of Recognition
  • Cash award of $250 each to winning scholar and graduate student. 
  • Plaque for each
  • A SIG scheduled slot during a paper session or business meeting will be guaranteed to the awardees’ award winning work if they commit to attending the following year’s convention. Determination as to whether the slot will be in a paper session or the business meeting will be at the discretion of the SIG program chair(s).

Electronic pdf submissions must be sent to the chair of the awards committee, Marcia Gentry, care of Alissa Salazar (apsalaza@purdue.edu), by 5 p.m. CST February 1, 2017. Please use Path Breaker Award as the subject line of the email.

 
 
Graduate Student Travel Award
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This award was created to recognize excellence in graduate student research. The travel stipend will be awarded to two graduate students ($750 per student) who are presenting individual papers, roundtable papers or posters at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association to defray expenses to the conference.

Eligibility Criteria 
The award is given annually to (up to) two graduate students currently enrolled in masters or doctoral programs who are authors or co-authors (student must be lead author) of papers that have been accepted for presentation in the AERA SIG: Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association and whose papers have been rated as excellent on the rubric used to rate papers for acceptance. 

  • The paper must be accepted for presentation in the ROGCT SIG at the annual meeting where the award is presented, and must be rated "excellent" by its reviewers.
  • The student must be enrolled at the time of presentation (may NOT be a graduate) and must be the sole author or lead co-author on the paper.
  • The advisor must submit a brief letter attesting that the work is primarily that of the student presenting in conception and executions of the study and that the student is currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • The paper for which the award is given must be uploaded on time (according to AERA guidelines) for the student to receive the award. 

Nomination Process and Timelines

  • Those eligible for the Graduate Student Travel Award will be sent an application.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically as a pdf within one month of notice of acceptance of the proposal for presentation at the annual meeting.
  • The application must be accompanied by a brief letter from the student's advisor.
  • Completed applications should be submitted to Alissa Salazar (apsalaza@purdue.edu) by December 15, 2016.

Review/Selection Process and Timeline

  • Electronic pdf submissions must be sent to the chair of the awards committee by 5p.m. 30 days after notices of acceptance are sent by AERA (in the year of the award).  Please include Graduate Student Travel Fellowship as the subject line of the email.
  • A subcommittee of the Awards Committee will be appointed by the Awards Committee Chair to review the ratings given by the blind reviewers of proposals (to be supplied by the Program Committee Chair) and select up to two individuals to receive the award. 
  • The subcommittee will notify the Awards Committee Chair of the award winners at least one month prior to the annual meeting.
  • The award need not be given every year nor given to two students every year.

Application Submission Details
Please submit materials electronically to Marcia Gentry, Awards Chair, c/o Alissa Salazar (apsalaza@purdue.edu), by December 15, 2016. Graduate student travel awards decisions will be made by early February, 2017. Award winners will be reimbursed up to $750 of conference expenses (receipts required) after presentation and upload of paper.

 
 
Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award
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This award was created to recognize a scholar of giftedness, creativity or talent development and a collaborator who has not previously published scholarship associated with giftedness, creativity, or talent. The award is given to those who seek to promote scholarship in the area of giftedness, creativity, and talent to the larger education research community through collaborations and who concurrently benefit from the insights of important scholars who have not previously studied or written about gifted, talented, or creative populations.

 Eligibility Criteria

The awards is given to collaborators of a paper which meets the following criteria:

  • Publication (may be “In Press”) in a gifted or creativity journal such as Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, High Ability Studies, Journal of Advanced Academics, Journal of Creative Behavior, or Creativity Research Journal. The paper must have been published after January, 2014.
  • Co-author is post Ph.D., has not previously published in the fields of giftedness, creativity, or talent development, but has a strong history of published scholarship in another field (CV of co-author should be submitted).
  • The potential impact of the work on the fields of giftedness, creativity, or talent development should be significant.

Nomination Process and Timelines

  • Award candidates may be nominated or self-nominate.
  • Nominations must be submitted electronically as a pdf and include a copy of the paper, a one-page rationale describing the potential impact of the work on the fields of giftedness, creativity, or talent development, and a CV of the co-author.
  • Applications will be due February 1, 2016

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of he article (including methods, data, findings, and publication venue
  • Quality of the collaborator as evidenced by CV
  • Potential impact of the scholarship

Form of Recognition

  • Cash award of $250 for the first 2 authors of the winning paper
  • Plaque for each scholar
  • Recognition at the SIG business meeting

Electronic pdf submissions must be sent to the chair of the awards committee, Marcia Gentry (mgentry@purdue.edu) by 5 p.m. CST February 1, 2016. Please use Michael Pryrt Award as the subject line of the email.

 
 
Awards
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The AERA Special Interest Group for Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent gives three awards to deserving colleagues in the research community.  The Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award and Path Breaker Award are given on alternating years and the Graduate Student Travel Award is given annually.
 
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