Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development
2017 Graduate Student Travel Awards

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 ( 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 (, by 5 p.m. CST February 1, 2017. Please use Path Breaker Award as the subject line of the email.

2016 SIG Business Meeting Well Attended

We held our 2016 SIG business meeting on Sunday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Convention Center Level One Room 102A.

The Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award was awarded to Scott J. Peters, Ph.D., Associate Professor University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and Kenneth G. Engerrand, JD, President and Director, Brown Sims, P.C. for their paper, Equity and Excellence: Proactive Efforts in the Identification of Underrepresented Students for Gifted and Talented Services. Graduate Student Travel Awards were presented to Danika Maddocks - The University of Texas at Austin, SooHyun Yi -Purdue University, and Sue Hyeon Paek - University of Georgia.

Following the short business meeting, Brad Wible, senior commentary editor for Science shared tips for publishing educational research in Science.


After Brad’s talk, we held the SIG Social at the City Tap House.

The SIG again successfully organized interesting and informative round table, poster, and paper sessions.

SIG Social Sponsors

The following universities help sponsor the 2016 SIG Social

By-Law Change
During the SIG business meeting in Washington, DC, we voted to extend the program chair position to two years from one year. This change will take effect for the person elected Assistant Program Chair in 2017. That person will serve as Assistant Program Chair for one year and then Program Chair for two years. In subsequent years, the elected person will serve as Assistant Program Chair for two years and Program Chair for two years.
Who We Are
The Research on Giftedness, Creativity , and Talent (RGCT) Special Interest Group (AERA) deals with research studies that focus on how giftedness, talent, and creativity are developed and nurtured. The SIG encourages both international and national studies involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods in a wide variety of topics: Conceptions, Models, Identification, Programs and Practices, Counseling, Creativity, Thinking Skills, Disabilities, Parenting, and Diversity.
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