2018 NAGC Carolyn Callahan Doctoral Student Award Winners
September 20, 2018

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) today announced the 2018 NAGC Carolyn Callahan Doctoral Student Award winners:

The Carolyn Callahan Doctoral Student Award is presented to doctoral students who have demonstrated exemplary work in research, publications, and educational service, as well as for their potential for future scholarship. They will be recognized at the NAGC 65th Annual Convention (NAGC18) in Minneapolis, MN, November 15-18, 2018.

“The NAGC awards program shines a light on those who are making a difference in supporting gifted children as they reach to achieve their personal best,” said M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director. “These scholars are important to increased understanding and success of our gifted children." 

Mehdi Ghahremani is a doctoral fellow enrolled in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue University. He has held both teaching and research assistantships at Purdue, has coordinated the Summer Residential Programs and Teacher Training Programs for the Gifted Education Resource Institute.

Juliana Tay is also a doctoral fellow enrolled in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue, and her dissertation proposal is in review. She has distinguished herself through a variety of teaching and research assistantships, and she has coordinated the summer programs for the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI), as well as served as an instructor.

Kristen Lamb is a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. She recently completed her dissertation looking at the relationship between creative self-efficacy, imagination, and personality traits. Much of her research has been in creativity and instruction.

Rebecca O’Brien is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut. She is currently conducting her dissertation research. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Ms. O’Brien was a classroom teacher who taught gifted science, gifted mathematics, and robotics.


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a membership organization whose mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. 

CONTACT:  Cathleen Healy, chealy@nagc.org/202-365-4636

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