Katie Mann
Katie Mann
Payton Mills
Payton Mills

At the Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference, Hood Honors students Katie Mann ’17 and Payton Mills ’19 won awards commending their work. This event was co-hosted on campus with Frederick Community College and brought together more than 100 students and faculty from Honors Programs throughout the state.

Mann won Best Poster for the poster about her research regarding her yearlong Department Honors project. She has been researching the portrayal of women in sitcoms over the decades and how it has changed. The research took into account things such as the portrayal of working mothers and if they are accurately represented on sitcoms compared to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

“In the end, I was very proud of the way my poster came out and felt it was a good display of the work I have done,” she said. “It was really nice to know that other people also enjoyed my poster and my research.”

It was the first time Mann had presented at a conference.

“It was rewarding to get to present my findings to people and to receive their feedback,” she said.

Mills won Best Proposal for her research paper on the revitalization of Carroll Creek and how it affected the Frederick Community. She divided her research into three sections: the history of industry and segregation along the creek, the flood of 1976, and the positive impact the mural “Community Bridge” by artist William Cochran had on the Frederick community.

“Every student at the conference presented outstanding research, so for my research to be distinguished was a gratifying experience,” she said.

Mills enjoyed presenting for more than 50 students and faculty members from a variety of different Maryland Honors Programs. During the conference, she also led a City as Text tour of Carroll Creek Linear Park to explain the revitalization that happened there after the flood.

“The conference perfectly represented Hood’s goal of providing students with experiential learning opportunities,” she said.

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