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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 2017

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Designing a photovoltaic array for Smith College, Eleanor Midori Adachi

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The chaos axis : redefining worlds and the self in Dishonored, Meredith Bronwyn Agran

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The role of gender, sexual trauma and psychopathology in predicting sexual boundary violation risk among psychotherapists, Elena Alexandra Andreopoulos

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Synthesis and characterization of PEG-PVDMA hydrogels and core-crosslinked mPeg-block-PVDMA micelles for cancer therapy, Quinn Michael Anex-Ries

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Mark me, Erin Batchelder

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand strategy for the synthesis of tetracycles, Katherine Anne Blackford

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Peer social motiviation : quantifying differences in species specific social behavior using operant conditioning, Katrina Laurel Blandino

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Effects of Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) decline on forest floor characteristics and macrofungal communities at two sites in western Massachusetts, Aliza M. Boles Fassler

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Navigating faith in resistance : religion and spirituality in the politicization of three women activists, Alicia Mae Bowling

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The interaction of adult age and executive function on emotion reactivity and recovery following a stressor, Mark Kieran William Britton

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Reinventing genre, embracing otherness : queer Latina writers, Jennifer Marie Calabrese

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Estimating product composition and thermal dynamics in a continous feed biomass torrefier, Isabella Caitlin Casini

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Characterization of hard and soft corals at Mexico Rocks, Belize using underwater and aerial images, Amanda Raquel Castro

Pairwise alignment-free protein sequence clustering, Marina Kristy Cheng

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Embryo-environment interactions : how PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) impact craniofacial development, Gina Lee Cho

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Identity, nation building, and sports : examining the role of national soccer teams in bolstering nationalism in Africa, Eliza Frances Cummings

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Dei gratia regina : Anglo-Saxon queenship in Wessex, Liberty J. Dupuis

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The nostalgic release : the French culture behind the French food Americans thought they knew, Isabelle Louise Eyman

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A broad-based investigation of body size of Sciurus carolinensis in space and time, Isabella Marie Fielding

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Investigating the distribution and diversity of rare endemic forest plant species in the eastern United States, Anna Elizabeth George

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Design and synthesis of a novel cyclic oxazole pseudopeptide, Katherine Anne Graham-O'Regan

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Simulation of excitations in shell Bose-Einstein condensates at finite temperature, Shuyao Gu

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Prototyping a transportable demonstration for cut resistance, Christine Mary Hamilton

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"Active reconstruction of interrupted histories" : the effect of occupation on the literature of Israel/Palestine in Sahar Khalifeh's Wild thorns, Sami Michael's Refuge and Sayed Kashua's Second person singular, Shana Alexa Iden

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Microcosm experiments : assessing microbial community responses to food web perturbations, Doris Lizbeth Juarez

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Conjugation of engineered proteins to Azlactone-functionalized polymers for drug-delivery applications, Eugenie Amjad Jumai'an

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Novel intrinsic quantum designs for quantum cascade superluminiscent emitters, Sara Kacmoli

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Assessing the ecological relationships between Sphagnum mosses and testate amoebae in a New England peatland, Mallory Rose Kakley

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Clocking multifluorescent protein expression in yeast, Emmie Marie Knobloch

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Rapid effects of G1 on social behavior and preoptic area isotocin expression in male goldfish, Zoe L.C. Kohler-Boland

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HSP25 interactome, Natalie Sarah Kolber

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Searching for signals of selection in crop genomes, Chloe Taylor Lee

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The effects of change in foundational species from Tsuga canadensis to Betula lenta on soil chemistry profiles, Veida Lekakh

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Understanding intergroup relations among disadvantaged groups : how collaborative collective action can be achieved, Murong Li

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Quantifying reward for social partners in two vole species, Sarah Anne Lopez

Banking on metaphors : an analysis of economic metaphors in literature and economics, Evelyn Maria Mandel

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Training and injury prevention for the hypermobile dancer : a means to functional and aesthetic mobility and Choreography and analysis of Confluent peripheries, Alison Georgia Marsh

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The responsibilities of audiences to speakers : a speech act theory of epistemic violence, Helen Celia Mayer

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Guerreras de la cancha : leveling the playing field: exploring the role of government in facilitating equal access to soccer for girls in the United States and Ecuador, Maya Nicole McCann

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Locating slow slip events in Cascadia across space and time, Elias Greylin Molitors Bergman

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Nanoscale cargo transport of spherical DNA origami structures by ensembles of molecular motor proteins, Jessica Marie Morgan

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The role of sex and ovarian cycles in rodent behavioral and physiological variability, Kathleen Jane Moshofsky

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The isolation and derivatization of sesquiterpene lactones from Neurolaena lobata, Megan Elizabeth Neubig

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Effects of accelerated UV exposure on mechanical properties of natural nylon, technora and polyester fibers, Thuy Xuan Nguyen

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Wideband acoustic imitance measurements and time domain reflectance, Jingping Nie

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Engineering protein-drug conjugates for therapeutic targeting of mesothelin-positive tumors, Elsie Akinyi Odhiambo

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Before and after : uncovering temporal patterns of biodiversity in microbial communities of tide pools, Abigail Angelina Onos

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Rewriting absence : appropriation and identity in the art of Hung Liu, Kehinde Wiley, and Glenn Ligon, Samantha Grace Page

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Exploring genome architecture, protein evolution and epigenetic processes in ciliates, Olivia A. Pilling

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Queer undertakings : an ethnographic analysis of the funeral industry in transition, Vanessa A. Pius

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Allüberall : the textual genesis of Mahler's "Der Abschied", Erin Caroline Pratt

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The Countess of Pembroke's Cleopatra : translation and transformation in Mary Sidney's Antonie, Mary Ruth Robinson

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Using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to explore development of the somatic nucleus of the extensive fragmenting ciliate chilodonella uncinata, Anna Jollyette Rogers

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Para conocer a Irzubeta : una exploración de la traducción del "aire lingüistico" de Buenos Aires, Sawnie Bertran Smith

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Supporting inclusion in early childhood : contextual effects on perceptions of violating in-group preference norms, Suzanne P. Stillinger

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Differential potency of cyclohexandl isomers for positive modulation and inhibition of GABAa receptor currents, Varsha Subramaniam

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Identification of TPX-2 promoter binding proteins in the parasite Brugia malayi : a novel approach to stage specific anthelmintic drug discovery, Amalia Rose Sweet

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Opinions we loathe : speech rights on college campuses, Julie Marie Voorhes

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Separation of the diastereomers of 2,6-Diisoprpylcyclohexanol & synthesis and purification of 2,6-Disubstituted cyclohexanols and cycloheylamines for application as potential anesthetics, Htoo Tint Wai

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Reactive azlactone hydrogels : fundamental characteristics and cell compatability, Megan Marie Wancura

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Developing a new system for bioluminescence in vivo imaging of free-moving mice : a new way to measure circadian rhythms, Wanqi Wang

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Aesthetic men and vanishing women : Oscar Wilde's homosociality and the rejection of desire, Emma Cairns Watson

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Modeling sediment transport during sluicing events in Paradise Pond, MA, Cheryl Lyn Watts

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A location-based visualization tool for the development of smart parklets in downtown Northampton: Design Clinic project: mobile parklet design in Northampton, Flora Weil

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Investigating genome architecture and composition in the class Litostomatea, Monica Annmarie Wilson

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The effects of age, gender, race and ear canal area on normative adult wideband acoustic immittance (WAI) measures, Lu Xia

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On the path to mutual understanding : the image of Islam among modern French thinkers and the image of France among Muslim thinkers, Jiaying Xu

Práticas educativas no sistema educacional Brasileiro : necessidade e perspectivas de reforma, Natassia Yahoub

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Improving access to open-source data about the NYC bike sharing system (Citi Bike), Weijia Zhang

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DNA-catalyst conjugates for site-selective transformations in biological sciences, Yu Zhang

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Aerobic, copper catalyzed phenol methylation via the Chan-Lam coupling reaction, Yingchuan Zhu

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