The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern has announced a new partnership with the Young Sanders Center. The partnership combines the resources of the two centers to advance scholarly research on Louisiana and surrounding regions of the South.

The merger includes the creation of two scholarly awards—the J.Y. Sanders Research Scholar Award, designed to advance the research of an established scholar, and the Young Sanders Center Graduate Assistantship, which will support student research. Both awards will be based in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern.

Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel Hyde said he was extremely pleased to be approached by members of the board of directors of the Young Sanders Center a couple of years ago.

“The mission of our two entities perfectly support one another, and we are delighted to have the infusion of resources and research materials the partnership will eventually provide,” Hyde said. “The Young Sanders Center is currently based in Franklin, La., but the Sanders family maintained a home in Hammond, and Congressman Sanders represented a portion of the Florida Parishes during his tenure in Congress. The partnership represents a good fit for research collaboration and collections acquisitions.”

Supported by a bequeath from Mary Elizabeth Sanders, the partnership and the accompanying awards program begin this spring. Hyde said the Research Scholar award carries a $10,000 stipend and the Graduate Assistantship includes full tuition at Southeastern, along with a $13,000 stipend to facilitate research and cover services provided to facilitate the partnership. May 1, 2020, is the application deadline for both awards.

For more information about the awards and the application process, visit the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies’ web page.

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