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SIG Election Nominations

As per AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG practice, we are soliciting nominations for positions on the Executive Board from the membership. If you wish to be considered for one of the positions listed below, please email by no later than 12:00 pm Eastern time on November 14, 2017.  Include in the email

1) your name as you wish it to appear on the ballot,

2) your affiliation as you wish it to appear on the ballot,

3) the office you are seeking,

4) your email, and

5) a maximum of 250 word bio for the ballot.

As required by the SIG bylaws, the SIG nominations committee will review the nominations and approve the slate of candidates. Any bios that exceed 250 words will be edited by the nomination committee to meet the AERA requirement of no more than 250 words. Please limit your bio to 250 words.

We are seeking nominations for the following positions that begin May 2018:

Chair Elect (will automatically become Chair after two years)

Assistant Program Chair (will automatically become Program Chair after two years)

Secretary (two-year term)

Member at Large (2 positions – two-year terms)

Graduate Student Representative (one-year term)

The following individuals will remain on the Executive Board:

Jill Adelson will move into Chair (2018-20)

Michael Matthews will move into Past Chair  (2018-20)

Erin Morris-Miller will continue as Treasurer  (2017-19)

Jennifer Jolly will move into  Program Chair (2018-20)

Karen Rambo-Hernandez will remain a  Member-at-Large (2017-19)

Donna Ford will remain a Member-at-Large (2017-19)

The purpose of this SIG is to provide leadership that (1) encourages and promotes high-quality scholarship addressing giftedness, creativity, and talent, (2) creates a community of scholars and leaders in the field, (3) facilitates communication and dissemination of research both within and outside the field, (4) nurtures future scholars, and (5) advances research in the field.

Please consider submitting your name for one of the offices.

Thank you,

Del Siegle, Past Chair

Call for Submissions: Fall 2017 SIG Newsletter

You are invited to contribute items of interest to our membership for inclusion in the fall 2017 ROGCT SIG newsletter. Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Information about other conferences/PD opportunities
  • Awards
  • Brief abstracts of recent publications or accomplishments of SIG members
  • Interviews with notable people in our field
  • Brief columns with recommendations and strategies for conducting and publishing research related to giftedness, creativity, and talent development

Please email your submissions for the spring newsletter to by September 22, 2017

2017 SIG Business Meeting and Social

The AERA meeting in San Antonio is quickly approaching. As previously announced, our SIG Business meeting will be from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Friday, April 28 in the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Third Floor, Bonham E.

Following the business meeting, we will hold our SIG Social at the Rio Rio Cantina Riverwalk, 421 East Commerce Street, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission to the social includes buffet of tortilla chips, salsa, queso, flautas, quesadillas, fajitas, and a variety of beverages (including soda, coffee, tea, and up to 2 beer, wine, or margaritas per person; cash bar available for additional alcohol purchases). We are soliciting university and gifted center sponsors to help reduce costs for this event. We have set the social fee at $30 for regular SIG members and their non-member guests, and $15 for graduate student members; however, we expect to reduce the fees based on anticipated sponsorships. Fees are payable in cash at the door.

For budgeting, we need you to please RSVP by April 14 if you plan to attend the social. Click here to RSVP.

If you think your university or center would be interested in helping support the social, please contact  

The SIG social is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and network with colleagues. We hope to see you there!

2017 Path Breaker Award

On behalf of SIG awards committee chair Dr. Marcia Gentry, we would like to announce the recipients of the 2017 AERA Path Breaker Award. After a close evaluation of the works produced by candidates, the paper "Big Fish in Big Ponds" by Julia Herrmann, Isabelle Schmidt, Ursula Kessels and Franzis Preckel, has been selected as the winning submission. Thank you to all who submitted work, as well as those who assisted in the selection process. We are excited to see continued great work in the future. 

Award recipients will be formally recognized at the SIG business meeting at AERA. Thank you to Marcia and Alissa and to our awards committee members for all your work reviewing this year's submissions!

Michael Matthews


Call for Applicants: 2017 AERA ROGCT Gifted Connection

Are you a graduate student (doctoral or master's) who is interested in studying giftedness, creativity, and talent? Do you want to learn more about how to be involved in the field? OR...Are you a faculty member, researcher, or other academic who researches and/or has a background in giftedness, creativity, and talent? Are you at least 3 years post-Ph.D?

If you answered YES, we invite you to apply to participate in the annual AERA ROGCT Gifted Connection, a mentorship opportunity that will take place during the 2017 AERA annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Please see the attached flyer for details about the program, links to apply, and eligibility criteria.  Mentor and mentee applications are due by 11:59pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.


Dr. Kate Snyder ( & Dr. Rachel Mun (

ROGCT Mentorship Committee Co-Chairs

2017 Graduate Student Travel Awards

On behalf of Dr. Marcia Gentry and the SIG Awards Committee, we would like to announce the recipients of the 2017 AERA Graduate Student Travel Award. After a close evaluation of the works produced by candidates, Dianna Mullett, University of North Texas, and Brittany Flannery Crawford, University of Louisville, have been selected as the two recipients. Dianna's research involved the lived experiences of gifted students in secondary STEM education, as well as another project on sensory-processing sensitivity. Brittany's research examined the relationship between motivation and giftedness, controlling for a number of variables.

Thank you to all who submitted work, as well as those who assisted in the selection process. We are excited to see continued great work in the future.

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