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DeGray ’06 to present in England

Sarah DeGray '06 of Brattleboro, Vt., has been accepted to present a paper at the University of Salford's Interdisciplinary Authenticity Conference, Sept. 14-15 in Manchester, England.

Her paper is part of her Honors project on the concept of authenticity in hip hop, for which Kevin Dunn of the political science faculty was her adviser.

“It is somewhat rare that an undergraduate is accepted to an academic conference of this caliber, so this is a real testament to the quality of Sarah's work. She produced a fantastic Honors project and will hopefully be able to turn it into a published article,” said Dunn. “Having one of our undergraduates presenting her work at an international conference certainly reflects well on the Colleges and the work we do here.”

DeGray, a political science major, graduated magna cum laude with high honors in political science, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received The Rev. Langdon C. Stewardson Award. She was a member of the Colleges Chorale and Cantori for four years, the Colleges Jazz Ensemble and Three Miles Lost, an a cappella group; served as a resident assistant and was part of the May 2006 March of Remembrance and Hope to Poland. Her vocal embellishments were among the highlights of the 2006 Baccalaureate service.

Since graduation, she has been working as a sales associate for Eddie Bauer in Burlington, Vt., and a research assistant for Dunn's forthcoming book.

“I am currently studying for the GRE and will be applyiing to Ph.D. programs in political science for the fall 2007,” she adds.