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Two College Scholars present research at national conference

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[caption id="attachment_758" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Seniors Danielle Cifone and Laurel White"][/caption] Laurel White ’10 and Danielle Cifone ’10 presented their research at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) 44th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-31. Only 22 students nationwide were selected to present their work at this prestigious event. White’s presentation was titled “British Perceptions of the ’08 Race to the White House” and Cifone’s was titled “The Power of Narratives: Purple Hibiscus and Nigerian Culture.” Both women are working on their honors theses and plan to graduate in June as College Scholars. White, an English major with minors in interactive media studies and social change/public advocacy, conducted her project research while studying abroad in England in fall 2008 with the support of a Richter Grant for Undergraduate Research. This was her fourth conference paper presentation and her second national conference. Among her many service and leadership roles on campus, White serves as editor-in-chief of the North Central Chronicle, was selected for the highly competitive 2009 NEW Leadership Illinois program, and has held an international journalism internship at MSN UK and a domestic public policy internship at the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. She plans to pursue graduate studies in public policy. Cifone, an organizational communication major with minors in English and leadership, conducted her research within the context of an upper-level intercultural communications course. A campus leader, she is president of Blue Key Honors Society and has served as an resident assistant for three years. She presented her research at the 2009 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, served as an academic leader in the FYE program and was a recipient of the 2009 award for Outstanding Service to Student Life. She earned a highly competitive internship in summer 2009 with Teach for America and plans to pursue graduate studies in higher education and student affairs.