While there are many remarkable people who contributed to the evolution of the Graduate School, each individual added his or her own gift. Bernice Cooper stands out as one of these noteworthy individuals. As the first woman to earn a doctorate at the University of Georgia in 1956, Cooper paved the way for woman’s graduate education in Georgia.
But where is she now? With a Doctorate in Education, Bernice Cooper moved through the faculty ranks at the University of Georgia from professor in 1957 all the way to Graduate Faculty in 1967 and then acting chairman of UGA’s division of elementary education. After retiring in 1980 she continues to participate in the Georgia Children’s Book Awards. She says the returning to campus for this conference brings back great memories.
Want to get to know Bernice Cooper better?
• Check out her spot in the Graduate School Magazine: http://www.grad.uga.edu/news/summer2009/cooper.pdf
• Stop by the main library and check out her display!