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Lisa Harrison receives Osborne Scholarship

  |   Michael Childs   |   Permalink   |   Alumni,   Spotlight

Middle grades education student Lisa Harrison has been awarded the D. Keith Osborn Scholarship after being named Outstanding Graduate Student in early childhood, middle school and elementary education for 2009-10.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the department of elementary and social studies education. Harrison will receive a $500 scholarship and a plaque with her name added to the list of recipients on display in the department.

Harrison will graduate in May 2010 with a doctorate in middle school education. Her dissertation study is titled "African-American Young Adolescent Girls, Negotiation of Identities in and out of school." She has also written an in-press book chapter titled "Black Adolescent Identity, Double Consciousness, and Socio-Historically Constructed Adolescence."

Osborn was a professor of education and child development for 26 years in the College of Education, serving as graduate coordinator for the department of elementary education from 1980-93. Before coming to UGA, he was a faculty member and division chair at the Merrill Palmer Institute from 1952-68.

As a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education in the early 1960s, Osborn helped develop the Head Start Program and served for a year as assistant director. Later, he was on the planning committee for the Children's Television Workshop, which developed the popular "Sesame Street" program.

Osborn received numerous teaching awards at UGA, including the 1987 Josiah Meigs Award, the university's highest teaching honor. In 1988, he was named Georgia Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was also a National Silver Medal winner for teaching that same year.

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