Dr. Tarshia Stanley, Chair and Professor of English and Director of Honors Program has received a one-year grant from the United Negro College Fund for her project entitled, “Butler’s Daughters: Imagining Leadership Through Black Speculative Fiction”. The Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship in the amount of $15,000 will support Dr. Stanley’s summer residency at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California to examine the papers of Octavia E. Butler’s, an African American speculative fiction writer. Dr. Stanley is the founding president of the Octavia E. Butler (OEB) Literary Society (2013) and recently organized the first OEB Society biennial conference hosted at Spelman College (2016).
Dr. Natarajan Ravi, Chair and Professor of Physics has received the Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship from the United Negro College Fund in the amount of $15,000. His project entitled, “Tailoring Nanoscale Materials to Engineer Efficient Electronic Devices” will provide faculty support to train undergraduate students in the use of Mössbauer and EPR spectrometers, X-ray diffractometer, vacuum techniques in cryostat and high temperature furnace operations, and teach students scientific modeling.
Dr. Richard Benson, Assistant Professor of the Education Department, has been awarded a one-year grant from the United Negro College Fund for his project entitled, “Resistance Under the Crown”: Black Education, Protest and Radical Activism in Britain 1965-1988”. The Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship in the amount of $15,000 will support Dr. Benson’s travel to the George Padmore Institute located in London, England. As a visiting scholar in the United Kingdom, Dr. Benson will be able to access the plethora of archival collections throughout the United Kingdom and conduct interviews from scholars and grassroots organizers/activists that participate in the Black Education and Black Parents Movements of the 1970s and 1980s. This research will further enable Dr. Benson to complete his book regarding the social protest for educational equity during the era of the Black Power movement in Britain.