The recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Thanatology Student Award is Kaili Van Waveren. This award is made in memory of Dr. Dana Cable, a long-time Hood faculty member and the first Director of the Thanatology Program. Kaili currently works for Hospice of Frederick County, where she writes content for their website, newsletters, radio ads, and donor letters, often interviewing patients and their families. Along with her work, she serves on several professional boards and volunteers with Camp Jamie, an overnight camp for children dealing with grief.
As a student, Kaili has made several important contributions. Besides maintaining a 4.0 GPA and belonging to several honor societies, she has served as an assistant and TA in the Thanatology program. As part of her academic work, she has done extensive independent research on child and adolescent suicide as well as the phenomenon of ‘suicide contagion.’ She presented that research and lectured on suicide and end-of-life medical ethics at multiple colleges. We are so proud of her contributions to her field and community and wish her all the best!
Thank you Jaqui Kreh for funding this award