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Research & Evaluation Dissertation Winners

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 203 B

Rachel U. Mun

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas

Dr. Rachel U. Mun is Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented concentration). She received her Ph.D. in Education, Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington. Dr. Mun’s research interests are best described as an intersection between gifted education, mental health and immigrant issues. Her research focuses on culturally responsive leadership, social and emotional development, parental influences, decision-making and educational access for special populations of gifted learners using primarily mixed and qualitative methods. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) at the University of Connecticut, conducting research on identifying and serving traditionally underrepresented gifted learners.


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Sakhavat Mammadov

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
University of Washington

Dr. Sakhavat Mammadov has completed his PhD at William & Mary in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program with an emphasis in gifted education. He currently is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. Dr. Mammadov earned a BS degree in teaching mathematics and MA degree in elementary education from Bogaziçi University, Turkey. He has worked with gifted children and their families for many years in a variety of contexts. His research interests focus on the social–emotional lives of gifted children, personality, motivation, and administrative and policy issues in gifted education. He is the recipient of the 2015 National Association for Gifted Children Doctoral Student Award and the Armand J & Mary Faust Galfo Education Research Fellowship.


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Jeb Puryear

Research Associate
University of Connecticut

Jeb Puryear is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate studying Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented education at the University of North Texas. Prior to this position, he spent thirteen years as chemistry teacher and five years as the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He is an active member of NAGC, AERA, TAGT, and SERA including leadership roles. He has served as an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for journals in the field. He is a two-time winner at the NAGC R&E Graduate Student Research Gala His areas of research include creativity measurement/ theory, STEM talent development, gifted education paradigms/conceptions, and advanced academic inequity based on locale and race.


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