As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
Psychology major Skylar Steffes '21 was recently awarded the Emmanuel College Travel Fellowship for Advanced Study, through which she will travel to the Oregon Research Institute throughout the month of June to study orthorexia with Senior Research Scientist Dr. Eric Stice.
During her research with Dr. Stice, a renowned researcher in the field of eating disorders, Steffes will also work to develop her senior distinction project on orthorexia, a condition characterized by obsessive behavior with the perception of proper or "healthful" eating, often to a point that damages one's own well-being.
"This whole experience has been so incredibly exciting, and I am so blessed to have been chosen," Steffes said.
Dr. Stice's research investigates risk factors for onset eating disorders, obesity, depression and drug abuse, and focuses on the development of prevention programs for these conditions. One such intervention, the Body Project, is currently being distributed to approximately 4 million young women in more than 16 countries, and was recently implemented at Emmanuel.
"I am in awe to get to work in an amazing research institute and work alongside other researchers," Steffes said. "I am excited knowing that I will come back from my time [at the Institute] knowing more about my distinction project as well as who I want to be in my upcoming career."
The Travel Fellowship for Advanced Study is designed to allow academically outstanding students an opportunity to pursue an independent project of research, study, or artistic endeavor in a location other than Boston metro area or their home town. These projects must help advance a student's academic career, and may lead to a capstone project, a senior distinction project, a publication, or further study in a directed reading course at Emmanuel. The project must be independent and arising from the student's initiative, not a project developed by a faculty member. Preference is given to projects conducted outside the U.S., though domestic projects with a compelling rationale may also be funded.