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March 7, 2011

UGA continues to celebrate its commitment to diversity in academics, and a recent recognition of six outstanding graduate students in the College of Education is just one example. These Ph.D. candidates, who plan a career in college academia, have been awarded Doctoral Scholars Fellowships from the Southern Regional Education Board.

An awardee must be in the first year of a Ph.D. program and a member of a racial or ethnic minority who plans to become a full-time college or university faculty member after earning a doctorate. The award offers three years of direct program support and two years of institutional support from the scholar's college, university and/or department, with a $15,000-$20,000 annual stipend. Each recipient also is awarded up to five years of university-covered tuition and fees. In addition, the award provides professional development support and covers expenses associated with attending the annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

Doctoral Scholars Fellows include:.

  • * Beryl Bray is a native of Ghana, West Africa, and has lived in Pennsylvania and Georgia for the past 10 years. She is a doctoral student in educational psychology with a concentration in applied cognition and development.
  • Monica Coleman of McDonough is a graduate student in counseling and student personnel services at the UGA Gwinnett Campus and a school counselor in Henry County.
  • Albert Jimenez of Augusta is a graduate student in educational psychology with an emphasis on research, evaluation, measurement and statistics.
  • Christopher Johnson of Altamonte Springs, Fla,. is a graduate student in educational psychology with an emphasis on applied cognition and development.
  • Tennille Lasker-Scott of Conway, Ark, is a graduate student in adult education.
  • D. Michelle Thomas of Savannah is a graduate student in educational psychology with a concentration in applied cognition and development.

The Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public pre-K-12 and higher education. Founded by the region's governors and legislators in 1948, SREB was America's first interstate compact for education. Today, it is the only regional education compact that works directly with state leaders, schools and educators to improve teaching, learning and student achievement at every level of education.