Are you a graduate student not in a formal gifted education graduate program but interested in studying giftedness, creativity, and talent and being involved in the field?  Are you a faculty member or professional who researches and/or has a background in giftedness, creativity, and talent?  If so, the AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG invites you to participate in the third annual AERA ROGCT Gifted Connection, which is a mentorship opportunity during the AERA Annual Meeting in Vancouver. 


This mentorship will be a somewhat informal, convenient way for graduate students to network with experts in giftedness, creativity, and talent by meeting over coffee during the week of the Annual Meeting.  Mentors and mentees will be matched according to similarities in research interests.  Because everyone’s schedule during the Annual Meeting is so packed, the SIG will provide each mentor/mentee pair with each other’s contact information to schedule a one-hour slot that suits them best to meet during the week and with reimbursement up to $20 for coffee and snacks.  That will give the mentor and mentee time together to talk about the field, including involvement, research, and career issues.  We hope that, in many cases, this will facilitate an opportunity for mentorship and conversations beyond the Annual Meeting between mentor and mentee; however, that is up to the individual mentor and mentee based on their conversation at the Annual Meeting.


The SIG will be supporting up to 10 mentorships.  Graduate students not in formal gifted education programs and faculty members (regardless of department/program) are encouraged to apply to participate in the program.  You MUST be attending the AERA Annual Meeting in Vancouver to participate.  Applications are due by February 24 at 5:00 pm EST.  (Note that you must be a SIG member to participate.  If you are not a member and are selected for the program, you must become a member within 2 weeks of notification.  Dues are $10 for regular members and $5 for graduate students.)  Mentors will be required to submit their receipt to the SIG Treasurer.  The mentee will be required to attend the AERA ROGCT Business Meeting and to provide a brief evaluation of the program after the Annual Meeting.  Both mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend the AERA ROGCT social hour.


Graduate student (mentee) application:


Faculty member (mentor) volunteer application:


If you have questions, please contact Jill Adelson at