Ruth Helm Osborn Research Fellowship (2020-2021)
Ruth Helm Osborn Research Fellows (2020-2021)
Now in its second year, this fellowship opportunity was created and funded by the Washington Forum in memory of Ruth Osborn. Funds are designated to support multiple research and/or creative fellowships in the Special Collections Research Center of the GW Libraries with the goal of fostering academic inquiry that draws (fully or in part) from the Ruth Helm Osborn papers.
Examples of areas supported by the Ruth Osborn Papers include:
Women in higher education
History of higher education
Curriculum development and history
Issues related to race, class, and gender in women's education and/or higher education
GW History; specifically the history of the Continuing Education for Women Program and the Women's Studies program at GW
Fellows must consult, but are not limited to, the Ruth Helm Osborn Papers and are required to submit a final research report and/or participate in a public presentation of their work. Final reports may be uploaded into the George Washington University’s institutional repository, GW ScholarSpace. Fellowships will be awarded at the discretion of GW Libraries representatives.
2020-2021 Ruth Helm Osborn Fellows
Breya Johnson (MA, Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies from GW)
Breya’s project examines the Ruth Helm Osborn papers to understand the inner and outer conceptions made about women and how Dr. Osborn used education to combat those conceptions. This project seeks to explore the potential limitations of Osborn’s work and locate Black women who were ignored in educational (and other) spaces during this historical period.
Michelle Nguyen (MA Candidate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at GW)
Michelle’s project is an examination of the advancements that women have accomplished in higher education and professional development since Ruth Helm Osborn began the Developing New Horizons program. This research explores questions such as: What successes have forwarded women’s participation in higher education, and what are some remaining challenges?
2019-2020 Ruth Helm Osborn Fellow
About Ruth Helm Osborn
In 1964, Dr. Ruth Helm Osborn created "Developing New Horizons for Women," a program that became the prototype for women's education programs in the 1960s and 1970s. Osborn directed the GW Continuing Education Center for Women from 1964-1979 and focused her career on making education accessible for married women. The GW College of General Studies began the program in 1964 with a noncredit orientation class of twenty women; this would eventually becoming the first M.A. degree program in Women's Studies in the United States. Dr. Osborn was an active member of the Columbian Women organization. She received her B.S. from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. and Ed.D from GW. She retired in 1979. In 1998, GW honored Dr. Osborn with a distinguished alumni award. Dr. Ruth Osborn passed away in 2009.
All images from MS2278: Ruth Helm Osborn papers, series 1, box 7, folder 4