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Cora Marrett 2017 Honorary Degree Recipient
Honorary degrees from UW-Madison recognize individuals with careers of extraordinary accomplishment. Marrett, considered a stellar teacher and mentor, was nominated by the Sociology Department. It is generally recognized that from her contributions, the discipline has become more inclusive. As one of her letters of nomination for an award from the American Sociological Association said of her, "She was one of the early pioneers who used her sociological skills to analyze the influences of organizations on the careers of minority students and scholars.." Read more...
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