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The Honors Project is a research project for which eligible students apply during their junior year and complete in their senior year. A successfully completed thesis project leads to the awarding of the bachelor of arts degree with the notation "honors," "high honors" or "highest honors" in the student's major subject.  Each student is asked to archive his or her project in Smith ScholarWorks for access and preservation.

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Honors Projects and Theses from 2016

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Implications for Middle Easterners and North Africans in the United States within the 2020 census, Najwa Faris Alsheikh

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DNA-catalyst conjugates (DCats) for site-selective chemical transformations in complex milieus, Ana Emilia Arguello

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Spatial and temporal distributions of ciliates in New England tidal ponds, Mary Elizabeth Badger

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Heroes of their kind : male and female heroism in old Norse sagas, Gwendolyn Rose Baltera

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Sexually stigmatized peer groups and reproductive health : a quantitative approach to management behavior, Emma Rose Beauchamp

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Characterizing PAH-induced teratogenesis of the pharyngeal system during Zebrafish craniofacial development, Kathryn Soule Berg

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Bottom-up and top-down controls on red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus) distribution : a possible "landscape of fear" on the forest floor, Elizabeth Mary Besozzi

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Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of a cisplatin-modified DNA 9-mer, Emily Anne Boerger

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"We post to give inspiration to other people" : LGBTQ young adults of color and degital spaces of empowerment, Eden Green Bonjo

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How choice matters in the Mass effect series : the effect of simulated realities on our perception of alien individuals, Sydney Jean Stallings Brown

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Synthesis and analysis of multi-functional polymer hydrogel biomedical materials, Anna Laura Carroll

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Islam in France, radicalization, and the unintended consequences of official rhetoric and media coverage, Sarah Anne Cassidy-Seyoum

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Histories, cultures, and identities : Africanist dance in America, Charnice Ometa Charmant

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Modeling cytoplasmic dynein motor ensemble motility with cargo designed using DNA oragami : the effect of rigid and and segmented cargo on dynein movement, Karen Wing Lam Chau

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Ethylene carbonate ethoxylation on aromatic nitrogen nucleophiles, Peishan Chen

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Music in senses: 2015-2016 for voice, flute, piano, violin, saxophone, percussion, and electronics, Yunzhu Chen

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a sadgurl'z republic : [is poetry enuf?] language turns to zound, Ntozake Shange, Yolandi Elvira Cruz Guerrero

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An investigative study of cardiovascular abnormalities using mathematical models of the cardiovascular system and its regulatory mechanisms, Jamie Alexandra Cyr

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Cultural cues and their effects on shooter bias, Emily A. Derosier

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Investigating cytoplasmic dynein function using chimeric proteins to isolate subdomain mechanisms, Ria Anand Deshpande

Origin and metamorphism of xenoliths in the Cuillin Center, Isle of Skye, Scotland, Emily Abbott DiPadova

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"Dangerous memories" : the Holocaust in French documentary film, Catherine Day Ellsberg

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Experiments investigating retention of sodium in peatlands affected by road-salt pollution, Hannah Ruth Francis

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Bangladeshi Muslim immigrant experiences in the U.S., Shabia Furkan

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Understanding the mindfulness-attachment connection to the context of mindfulness-based stress reduction, Emily C. Gosterisli

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Reconceiving environmental justice : a Foucauldian discussion on power, green governmentality and the formation of subjects, Gabriella Veronika Grange

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Stereotype activation in gun identification : pattern of ducking behavior indistinguishable from shooting behavior in the shooter bias paradigm, Karina Gruesz

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Effects of Withania somnifera on human glycine receptor, Elizabeth Sullivan Halpin

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Copper mediated C-H methylation with methylboronic acid, Clare Elizabeth Jacobson

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Multiple object tracking using convolutional neural network in wireless sensor networks, Hee Jin

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Migration versus mutualism : can the small-ranged endemic plant Rhododendron catawbinse form specialized ericoid mycorrhizae with soil fungi north of its native range?, Elena Maria Karlsen-Ayala

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Investigating varied reactivity in aerosol-mimicking solutions, Claire Elena Keller

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Women's responses to the partition of the Indian subcontinent in Attia Hosain's Sunlight on a broken column, Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India and Sadat Hasan Manto's Mottled dawn, Ayesha Sadaf Khan

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Analysis of creatine kinase expression and regulation throughout C2C12 myogenesis, Arcadia June Kratkiewicz

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Peas in a pod : environment and ionization in green pea galaxies, Heather Rose Kurtz

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The morality of commercial surrogacy : an assessment with evidence from India, Nikila K. Lakshmanan

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HIV-serodiscordant couples, pre-exposure, prophylaxis and relationship satisfaction, Eli Latto

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Sensational internationals : gender, sexuality, and foreignness in Ruth Landshoff-Yorck's Die Vielen und der Eine, Dinah Rose Lensing-Sharp

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The prospects of ZnO in metal oxide sensors for chemical sensing, Sara Lorić

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The role of the orexin/hypocretin system in the incubation of alcohol craving in rats, Olivia Gilman Mallari

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The evolution of androgen receptor distribution in the spinal cord to support specialized sexual displays : a comparative analysis using a foot-flagging frog, Staurois parvus, Gina Elizabeth Mantica

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Good against goods : viewing health and its social determinants through a Platonic lens, Marianna Victoria Mapes

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Iskra : a folk opera in two acts, Jessica Leigh Marlor

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Methylation of oxygen nucleophiles using dimethyl carbonate : mechanistic studies, Noelia Margarita Martinez-Muñoz

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Disrobing modesty : how female practitioners articulate Christian womanhood in the blogoshere, Gabrielle Sara Martin

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Developing a molecular method for estimating the effective population size of ciliate morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata, Cynthia Jepkosgei Masai

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Archaeocyathan reefs and chemostratigraphy of the lower Cambrian wood canyon formation in Titanothere Canyon, Death Valley, California, Teresa Claire McGann

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Extraction and functionalization of Neurolinens from Neuoleana lobata, Catherine Patricia McGeogh

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The synthesis and use of stimuli-responsive cross-linkers to prepare PVDMA hydrogels, Isabella Frances McNamara

The presence of lateral gene transfer events in fungal genomes : determining the presence of viral lateral gene transfer events in Eukaryotic genomes, Jiaqi Mei

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Jorge Amado in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics : publications and popularity, Victoria Melnikova

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Dancing westwards : depictions of the American west in the mid-twentieth century ballets of Balanchine and de Mille, Katelynn Anne Mikulka

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Shooter bias and sunk costs in a policing context : using an escalation of commitment framework to investigate shooting decisions, Martha Miller

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A life cycle assessment of packaging for Medtronic's veress needle, Dakota R. Murray

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Design and testing of a miniature PEM fuel cell stack, Julianna Pei-Hsien Niu

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Analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of genes along chromosomes in the genome of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum, Esther Nwaka

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Exploring stigma, personhood and citizenship among persons with disability in urban Ghana, Enu Beula Otsyina

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Analysis of two approaches for inferring lateral gene transfer in the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum, Zuliat Owoade

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Product characteristics in a pilot scale biomass torrefier with heated screw conveyance, Anna Hester Partridge

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Hoarding behavior and sleep patterns in a college sample, Margaret Sophie Peebles-Dorin

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Why aren't all of the Black students sitting together? : Black student intra-racial dynamics on a college campus, Gabirelle Louise Peterson

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Assessing the biodiversity and discovering evidence of RNA editing in testate (shelled) amoebae, Natalie Abigail Phillips

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Towards a Black women's romantic ideology : theorizing Black women's cultural production in the 1980/90s, Jocelyn Mitzi Proietti

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Exploring modifications and identification of neurolenin as a potential anti-filarial drug candidate for Lymphatic filariasis, Meghna Purkayastha

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The poetics of space : a close study of Lucille Clifton's Aesthetic and ethic, Margaret Rose Rathbun

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Shooter bias and eye gaze, Rachel E. Silveria

(Dis)respect in the urban classrooms : teachers and an ethic to care, Alexandra Francis Singer

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Protein engineering for receptor-mediated drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, Natalie Durham Sorkin Smith

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Nuestro cabello : personal and social significance of hair among Afro-Cuban women, Miari Taina Stephens

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Size matters not : the importance of sRNAs in adaptive thermoregulation in uropathogenic Escherichia coli, Madeleine Sutherland

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The phylogeography and cytogenetics of Rhipsalis baccifera : the cactus that made it to the Old World, Elizabeth Ann Tam

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The said and the unsayable : silence in Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion, Laura Evelyn Thurber

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"The wife, the widow" : narratives of grief in contemporary American memoir, Madison McFadden Tierney

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Metaphysical free will and contemporary science, Gillian Ariela Tisdale

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Drinking motives and alcohol expectancies as predictors of high-risk drinking behavior prior to and during the college transition, Cara Celine Tomaso

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Investigating the evolution of Wolbachia spp.- derived genes in the genome of Wolbachia-independent filarial nematodes, Eirini Tsekitsidou

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A study of geomorphologic and geochemical evidence for prehistoric floods from Paulina Lake in Newberry Crater, Central Oregon, Heather Elizabeth Upin

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Security and privacy issues in the smart grid : a decentralized approach, Angela Upreti

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Cam girls, Elizabeth Adeline Slavet Walber

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Characterization of cyclohexanol modulation of GABA[subscript A], Erin M. Walch

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Interpreting negated adjectives : a developmental perspective, Xiaozhou Wang

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The institutional correlates of enrollments of international students, Nutcha Wattanachit

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Electric power system design for miniature proton exchange membrane fuel cells, Yijin Wei

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Comrades and rivals : farmers and foxhunters in nineteenth-century Leicestershire, Madison Capron White

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Towards In silico protein surgery : handling errors and working with the protein data bank, Victoria E. Wolf

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Escalation of commitment in retrospect : an integration of responsibility, counterfactual thinking and hindsight bias, Huafeng Yu

Wideband acoustic immittance measurements : effects of age, gender, race, and equipment, Yezhezi Zhang

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Client emotional response and psychotherapy progress : a case-based approach, Yiwen Zhu

Honors Projects and Theses from 2015

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From fall to leap : the journey of faith in the works of C.S. Lewis, Shalini Asirini Abayasekara

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Microbes in the dark : molecular analyses of marine communities below the photic zone, Jessica Nicole Andrade

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Distress associated with non-acquisition in hoarding disorder, Elizabeth Barlow Atkins

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Methods for generating and identifying (3,6) sparse graphs, Pratistha Bhattarai

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La questione dell'identità moderna in Svevo e Pirandello, Emily Augusta Biffis

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From monster to maiden : Archaic and classical depictions of the Greek gorgon in art and literature, Olivia Simpson Blais

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Cycles of fury : revenge and the underworld in Senecan tragedy, Chloe Bollentin

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Assessing seasonal photosynthetic function of dominant species post-clearcut, Kyle Acadia Boyd

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Outbreak control : designing a PCR-based diagnostic test for Dengue virus, Katharine Stuyvesant Brien

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O(s) livro(s) de Aristides Fernández : oito contos e um comentario, Ingrid Brioso-Rieumont

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Novel dimensions in visual media for understanding the biological world : illustrating the effects of aquatic pollution in three case studies, Anna Marie Campbell

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1D and 2D ¹H NMR spectroscopy studies of mutagenic DNA duplexes, Sophia C. Carroll