The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has selected Charles L. Chavis Jr. of Morgan State University as a recipient of SREB’s Dissertation Award for the 2017–18 academic year. Chavis, a native of North Carolina, is a Ph.D. candidate in Morgan’s Department of History and Geography, in the College of Liberal Arts. He was the only doctoral student from a Maryland university this year to receive the prestigious award, which provides a $20,000 stipend; university tuition and fees; a $500 research allowance and professional development support. The Dissertation Award also covers all expenses for Chavis’ attendance at the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. Chavis plans to pursue a career as a history professor after completing his doctoral program at Morgan. His dissertation is titled, “Maryland, My Maryland: Jim Crow, Judge Lynch and the Impossible Witness in Maryland’s Age of Reform.”
SREB, a nonprofit organization founded in 1948, works with 16 states toward the goal of improving quality of life by advancing public education. The Dissertation Award is only the latest of numerous honors Chavis has received for his achievements and potential as a scholar. He was selected as a Benjamin A. Quarles Doctoral Fellow in Morgan’s Benjamin Quarles Institute this August and is The Rabbi Joachim Prinz Memorial Fellow of the American Jewish Archives. In 2016, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture named him a Diversity Fellow.
Congratulations, Mr. Chavis, for your continuing success!