WESTMINSTER, MD (08/24/2020)-- Hannah Thomson, a senior at McDaniel College from Pennsauken, has been awarded a Summer Intern Fellowship from the college's Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO).
Thomson, who is a double major in biology and psychology, has conducted undergraduate research with Yale University. She was originally planning to work at the institution's Child Study Center to gain hands-on experience in their genetics research lab, but the summer research was moved to a virtual environment due to COVID-19. This summer, Thomson has been focusing on meta-analyses of the prevalence of dermatillomania, which is known as a skin-picking disorder, and trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder.
"I've really enjoyed working on these meta-analyses because there is a deficit in research on trichotillomania and dermatillomania, especially for how common they are," Thomson said. "Adding to this research bolsters the field as a whole, and I feel very lucky to be an integral part of changing the field. It is particularly important to me as I have had trichotillomania since I was 7 years old, and knowing I am leading change for future generations is empowering."
Thomson is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and serves as an admissions ambassador on campus. She's part of the McDaniel Honors Program and involved in the Active Minds chapter. Thomson also serves on the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB) Young Adult Action Council, a group of young adults who raise BFRB awareness with the guidance of the TLC Foundation's staff.
The Summer Intern Fellowship is awarded by the CEO at McDaniel College to provide competitive awards to help defray the cost of summer internships for current students. Recipients represent McDaniel College and the CEO at internship sites throughout the United States and the world.
The program is supported, in part, by generous gifts from The Rupe-Stuart Internship Award, courtesy of McDaniel College Board of Trustee member Mark Stuart M.S. '94 and Timothy Rupe, and The Nora Roberts Foundation.
McDaniel College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors, and over 20 graduate programs. One of 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," McDaniel emphasizes experiential learning and student-faculty collaboration to develop the unique potential in every student. Represented by the Green Terror, its 24 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. A student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students offers access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., plus a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. www.mcdaniel.edu