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Senior wins first place with sociology paper

The Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) has selected a paper by Princeton senior Sabrina Pendergrass for its first-place award in undergraduate research.

The selection recognizes superior scholarship and research in Pendergrass paper, "The Origins of Intraracial Skin Color Prejudice: A Critical Review."

Pendergrass, a sociology major, wrote the study as her junior paper. She submitted a shorter version for the ABS contest.

In her paper, she discussed the existing literature on intraracial skin color prejudice, expanded on past findings, and proposed new theories for the origins of such prejudice. "Intraracial skin color stratification occurs within a racial or ethnic group and when people of a certain skin tone are preferred because of their color," Pendergrass explained.

Pendergrass will attend the ABS annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 15-19, where the association will present her with the award.

Pendergrass said that she will continue to study sociology after graduation. "I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology so that I can teach and do research," she said. "I had already planned this career choice before receiving the award so it doesn't change things too much. It's just great to have my first major piece of research recognized and makes me excited about the future."

ABS is a national professional organization of sociologists and social scientists, founded by women and men of African descent. ABS sponsors an annual competition for papers written by undergraduates, and another for graduate students.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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