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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 2019

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The impact of homesickness on autobiographical memories in first-generation college students, Mathena Alexis Abramson

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Does a higher minimum wage reduce poverty rates?, Sarah Elizabeth Albert

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Modeling racially disproportionate language on Twitter during NFL game play, Julianna Grace Alvord

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Retrospective financial analysis of the mercury and air toxics standards compliance costs, Haleigh M. Anderson

Visiones en el horizonte : ǂb la liminalidad y su expresión en tres novelas cubano/americanas, Sarah Denni Arnold

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American dreamin' : critical perspectives on race and Black capitalism in Jay-Z's 4:44, Aliya Bailey

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While I might be an Avenger... it's not like I have super-powers : negotiating representations of deafness and disability in Marvel's Hawkeye comics, Juliana Caroline Bauerle

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Rethinking imperialism : globalization, trade and tea in the Qing Dynasty, Kendra Donovan Bonde

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Characterizing phenol analog modulation of GABAa receptor currents as novel anethetic agents, Lauren Chelsea Bondi

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The effect of gestational folic acid exposure on offspring behavior, Natalie Simone Bourdon

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Digital signaling processing with FPGAs, Meng Cao

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Developing a Zebrafish assay for general anesthesia to assess the impact of the Delta subunit of GABAa receptor on anesthesia sensitivity, Jamie Chan

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Visualizing jet lag in the suprachiasmatic nucleus and liver, Guinevere Grace Connelly

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Status, threats, and restoration of acroporid corals throughout the Caribbean, Sabrina Cordero

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Status, threats, and restoration of acroporid corals throughout the Caribbean, Beatrix Mae Dalton

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Screening for undersized culverts : an analysis of estimated characteristics, Molly Rose Day

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Toxicity and mutagenicity evaluation of antifilarial neurolenin derivatives as potential drug candidate for lymphatic filariasis, Lydia Pedrick DeAngelo

Beats of the new political age : ǂb hip hop and youth political engagement in contemporary Senegal, Aminata Diallo

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To break a beautiful thing : a novella, Ellena L. Erskine

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Investigating the relationship between the structure and function of the dynein microtubule binding domain, Sarah Jane Flaherty

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Implementation of an FPGA-based artificial neural network, Luya Gao

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Family matters : intersections of family & gender in criminal court, Katharina Geppert

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Conceiving Katsi Cook's life writings : pregnancy as a communal, integrative, and natural experience, Jenna Lee Gilley

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Genome dynamics and nuclear changes throughout the life cycles of foraminifera, Eleanor Goetz

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Let's face it : ǂb the teratogenic effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on craniofacial development, Aliece Tayia Goodman

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Mechanism of stereoselective catalysis by Diels-Alderase PyrE3 involved in pyrroindomycins biosynthesis, Xingyi Guan

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Operant conditioning to quantify social choices in male prairie voles, Emily R. Halstead

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Wordsworth's theater of anxiety, Lacey Carroll Harvey

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Five minutes at a time : witness testimony, member engagement, and deliberation in congressional hearings, Ellison Deanna Hersch

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The Chinese exclusion era in the United States : gender, politics, and community, Agnes Kangwen Hu

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Impact of temperature shocks on the economy of India, Anuska Jain

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Tracking magma evolution using strontium isotopes in plagioclase antecrysts in the Cuillin Center, Scotland, Sofia Jean Johnson

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An exploration of class and capitalism at the turn of the 19th century through archaeology at MacLeish Field Station, Gwendolyn Ruth Jones

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Investigating the role of slit signaling during diencephalon development in zebrafish, Cassie Lynne Kemmler

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Once and future, Lily E. Kiewra

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Synthesis and characterization of protein-polymer conjugates for receptor-specific cellular internalization, Julia S. Kim

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Blood diamonds and kosher ham sandwiches : the politics of the Kimberley certification scheme, Sarah Marie Kolick

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V410 x-ray 6 : a multi-wavelength study of transition disk properties at the substellar boundary, Olena Komarova

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Lies, labor and luck : comparing lying behavior in real-effort and luck tasks, Oumayma Koulouh

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Choreographing crucifixion : Good Friday ritual in late medieval England and its mystical consequence, Abigail Dorothea Kromminga

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Posthuman : the interfaced "I", Maddy Frances Kulke

L'atleta donna in Italia : dal fascismo ai giorni nostri, Jane F. Kuntz

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United & divided : distinctions in polarization between political elites and the public, Pamela Nancy Larkin

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Analysis of pre-extinction archaeocyathan reefs of the lower Cambrian Harkless formation, southwest Nevada, Olivia Renton Leadbetter

Narrative medicine in Victorian novels : how fictional doctors understand the medical profession, Sarah Yelin Lee

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Gender and temporality : a study of Virginia Woolf and Ali Smith, Eloise R. Lindblom

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Investigating the application of graph clustering algorithms in network neuroscience, Tingshan Liu

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Design and life cycle cost of a vertical ground source heat exchange system for the Smith College field house, Xinyi Li

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Refining the application of a proxy carbon price for Smith College, Zhuoran Li

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Identity and representation in the All-State circuit : a critical inquiry of American high school concert band repertoire, Cas Ford Martin

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A tale of two Italys : immigration, economics, and the rise of the Italian far-right, Hannah Louise Mathews

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Microbial metazoan interaction and the generation of microbial fabrics, Molly Megan

Creating consciousness : technology and characterization at Walt Disney Animated Studios and Pixar Animated Studios, Alison Shay Meneghetti

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Domestic violence begets Black women's incarceration : Marissa Alexander's 20-year sentence for non-fatal self-defense, Michaella Mentu

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Trafficking in multiracialist politics : American visual culture in the 21st century, Nichola W. Metzger

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"Transmuee me senti toute" : queer transgender perspectives on the works of Chrstine de Pizan, T. Miller

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Hydrogel formation via photocontrolled ring opening reactions of poly(2-alkenyl azlactone)s with photocaged primary amines, Autumn M. Mineo

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Detection of a putative Brugia malayi POU-homeodomain transcription factor binding to its congate promoter, Hafsa Mohamud Mire

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The effect of an anabolic steroid on the proteome of developing muscle cells, Emily Ann Morris

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Engineering proteins for receptor-mediated transport across the blood-brain barrier, Naomi Murata

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The association between stress, body composition and diet quality among UMass students, Insia Naqvi

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The abundance of animals in lower Cambrian carbonates of the western United States : ǂb the effects of the archaeocyath extinction on benthic communities, Rhiannon Zoe Nolan

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The role of bioelectrics during early embryonic development in Danio rerio, Andrea Gabrielle Olivera

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Examining the genome content and life cycles of Arcellinid testate amoebae : ǂb on the hunt for silicon transporter homologs, Emma Gabrielle Östlund-Sholars

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Effects of aging and omega-3 fatty acid diet on medical gastrocnemius muscle proteome, Marguerite Aurora Pacheco

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The effects of humanitarianism and cold war media on American international adoption, Eden X. Phillips

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Computing principal lines of curvature on polyhedra, Zoë Camille Riell

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Them what brung you : a full length play, Tanya Ritchie

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Designing a telepresence robot for the classroom, Macarena Alejandra Rojas Bustamante

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Elucidating the potential symbiotic relationships between ciliates and bacteria, Simran Sahni

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Other words for the otherworld : the artist and madness in Nabokov's American novels, Julia B. Smith

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Embodied toxicity in the plasticene : BPA, BPS and the political ecology of endocrine disruption, Athena Maria Sofides

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Backwards in high heels : gender and candidate priorities in the 2018 elections, Emma Louise Stewart

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Disrupting notions : ameliorating romantic jealousy through compersion, Maryellen Stohlman-Vanderveen

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Modeling the effects of meteorin on the development of Zebra fish : a gene association model for autism spectrum disorder, Raegan Dae Stokes

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La Reina, la Loca : the medieval 'madness' of Queen Juana I., Erin A. Sulla

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Imagining the family : ǂb neoliberalism and welfare's end in the United States, Rebecca Claire Tibbitts

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Priming ambiguous images : ǂb are facial expressions special?, Elizabeth Grace Van Winkle

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Optimizing collection purification and characterization of salivary dopamine and its metabolites as biomarkers for Parkinson's disease, Josselyn Sofia Vergara Cobos

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Perceiving meaning, Alina S. Wang

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Grains of wheat, Abigail Claire Weaver

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Modern benthic foraminifera of Carbla Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia: population ecology and taphonomy, Daniel Eli Wood

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A method for verifying RNA integrity in mosquito nucleic acid extraction, Bethlehem Asnakew Yigzaw

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Design of a controllable turntable for an FPGA-based image processing system, Yuqing Zhu

Honors Projects and Theses from 2018

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Exploring the origin, diversity, and phylogeny of cultivated lettuce (Lactuca sativa), Youngjoo Ahn

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Reelin in autism spectrum disorders : an investigation of reelin-disabled signaling in zebrafish neurogenesis and disease, Katrina G. Anderson

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"Brave new world" : envisioning sites of queer futurity and resistance in The tempest, Marianna Eleftheria Apostolakis

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Effects of mineral weathering and acid mine drainage on Pco2 in Davis Mine Brook and Maxwell Brook Watersheds, Rowe, Ma., Casey L. Armanetti

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Conjugating viral antigens to tumor-targeting proteins toward a novel immunotherapy, Samantha Rose Baierl

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Sex and species differences in spinal motor neuron androgen receptor expression in frogs, Aditi Ramya Balasubramanian

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Chan-Lam aerobic methylation of phenols, Mairead Elizabeth Bartlett

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The construction of a noise eater utilizing a PID controller and subsequent modifications using neural networks, Isabelle Elise Bunge

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Don't take it at face value : a case study on facial expressivity, emotional coherence, and posttraumatic stress disorder, Julianna Rose Calabrese

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The site specificity of oxidation on water etched Si(100) surface, Xinyuan Chen

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Graph-based matching for word spotting in handwritten documents, Ji Won Chung

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An analysis of citizenship status as a tool to regulate migrant labor streams, Celeste M. Clerk

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The YWCA and US imperialism in the Philippines : whiteness, racialized affect, and anti-Black stereotypes, Illaria R. Dana

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Characterization of proteins engineered to bind mesothelin for targeted cancer therapy, Daniela Amoakohene Deny

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Design of a small unmanned aircraft for surveying of agriculture, Annick Jade Dewald

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Design of an arduino-based proportional-integral-derivative controller to automate pH control, Keqin Ding