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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 2020

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Creating finely tuned ultrathin polymeric films on silica via pre-functionalization and post-functionalization methods, Elizabeth Awuor Apiche

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Modeling variation in brook trout and brown trout seasonal survival under a changing climate, Julia Kreth Barron

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The construction of a noise eater using a neural network to stabilize laser power output, Caitlyn Marlowe Battle-McDonald

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Constructing the female subject : narrative forms and the illusion of agency in Austen, James, and Wharton, Abigail Grace Bavaria

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"Such silent misery, such secret despair" : female suffering and tragic "sensation" in Victorian fiction, Mayrose Carter Beatty

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Modelling Parkinson's disease in cultured mouse salivary gland cells, Anna Jacoba Benton

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The freaks are coming : bearded women, biopolitcs, and social reproduction in the 19th century freak show, Razi Esther Beresin-Scher

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The connection between language and imitation abilities in three and four year olds, Lily Braedenrose Berlstein

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The androgenic effects on motor neuron morphology, Andrea Botello

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Extremely bright x-ray pulsar breaks all the rules, Alyssa Cassity

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Some applications of quantum entanglement to cryptography, Wenqin Chen

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Seedlings and photosynthesis : using response curves to inform carbon models, Alonwyn L. Clauser

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Tales from our dusty, warped past : lensing environments of Planck-selected submillimeter galaxies observed with Gemini, Olivia Rae Cooper

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Useless objects // useful things, Antonia Jane DaSilva

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Book lovers and pot-boilers : representations of reading and writing in twentieth-century English feminine middlebrow fiction, Audrey L. Davis

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Quantifying circadian disruption in mice with randomized light pulse regimens, Juliane Sophie Donahue Bombosch

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Testate amoeba community diversity across space and time in New England bogs, Olivia Katherine Dufour

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Ecclesiastical reform and church-and-state relations in Ukraine (1917-1930), Caroline Stephanie Dunbar

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Hydrophilic Si(100) with varying typography via post-hydrosilylation functionalization, Yuhui Du

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Investigating carceral systems : prisons and immigration detention in the United States, Alexandra Sophia Eleazar

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No refuge : decline of a northern forest herb, Clintonia borealis, at multiple sites along a broad elevational gradient suggests impacts of recent climate change, Ashley Marie Fishbein

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Photomediated post-fabrication modification of azlactone-functionalized gels for the development of stimuli-responsive hydrogel actuators, Emily Ruth Fitzgerald

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Characterization of a Brugia malayi POU-homeodomain transcription factor binding to its cognate promoter, McKayla Elizabeth Ford

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Authenticity and its attendant myths : a case against the isolated individual, Kendall Futrell

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Chan-Lam O-methylation of aliphatic alcohols and phenolic n-heterocycles, Uma Bhagwat Gaffney

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"Anticipatory illuminations" : the performance of the Jewish sabbath as queer futurity, Liel C. Green

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Coral Gardens Reef, Belize: A Refugium in the Face of Caribbean-Wide Acropora Spp. Coral Decline, Lisa Greer, Tara Clark, Tanner Waggoner, James Busch, Thomas P. Guilderson, Karl Wirth, Jian-xin Zhao, and H. Allen Curran

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Fiddler crab burrowing and oil polution alter greenhouse gas fluxes from salt marsh soil, Adrianna K. Grow

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"I don't want everyone to vote"¹ : voter disenfranchisement and suppression in the American electorate, Emma Rose Guyette

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A long distance interstellar dance : testing the physical association of an extremely-wide substellar companion to a nearby M-dwarf binary, Michaela Susan Guzzetti

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Olympic legacy 2016 : the violence of peacekeeping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Abigail Megan Hanna

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Simone Weil's theology of mathematics, Halley Turpin Haruta

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Algorithmic (in)explainability : causality and machine learning, You Jeen Ha

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Ecological distribution of testate amoebae in New England, Evelyn Grey Elizaabeth Hoffman

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"Pickled punks" and "God's unknown children" : fetal and infant specimen display in twentieth-century American sideshows, Sara Ann Hollar

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Are you my mother? : revolutionary reimaginings of the Mother Nature archetype in Salvage the bones and The bean trees, Patricia Jane Jewell

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Dynamic model of coaxial ground-source geothermal system for the Smith College field house, Yihui Jiang

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Multifaithism : the new religion of the American college, a case study at Smith College, Kimraj Kaur Jordan

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Building Gethen, Sinead Eliane Joyce-Farley

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Genomic analysis of bacterial resistance to narrow spectrum antibiotics : linking phenotypes to genotypes, Nancy Yoobin Jung

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"No daylight between" : temporality, monstrosity, and the possiblity of empire in Israel and the United States, Clara Allene Kaul

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Twang identification in American folk & country music, Jessica Nichole Keast

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Disease resistance variance in the Great Star Coral, Emma R. Kelley

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Investigating the effect of pH on amino-propofol's function in ion channel modulation and fluorescence labeling in vitro, Eun Kyung Kim

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Like mother, like daughter? : evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam of the impact of mothers' educational attainments on daughters' schooling, Isabel X. Kitschelt

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The "bound"-aries of femininity : constructing and performing womanhood on and off-stage, Claire Lillian Lane

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"He saw me as a person first and then a student" : student and teacher perspectives on earning respect, Sarah Lynne Leandro

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Species comparison of androgen receptor density and neuron abundance in the lumbar spinal cord of frogs, Kerry Marie LeCure

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The influence of mobile communication use on homesickness and autobiographical memories in college students, Sylvie Jean Lednicky

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Gender and jet fuel : extractivism, social reproduction, and capitalism in crisis, Shea L. Leibow

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An examination of ethnicity, self-construal, perfectionism and eating disorder symptoms in Asian and European American college women, Sicong Li

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Investigating forebrain development : robo4 cell guidance, forebrain cellular heterogeneity, and neural crest immigration, Mackenzie Patricia Heffernan Litz

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The effect of state characteristics and cybercrime legislation on Internet crime, Emily Yunfeng Liu

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Exploration of the phylogeography of twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), an ant-dispersed forest herb native to the eastern United States, Xufen Liu

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Site-specific protein-polymer conjugation for targeted cancer therapy, Yanxuan Li

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Solvent environments of secondary organic aerosol mimicking solution, Emmaline Reed Longnecker

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The unspoken thing : a novella, Emily Jaie Luong

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Computational analysis of in vivo circadian bioluminescence in freely moving mice, Blanca Cristina Martin Burgos

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Lev Shestov : faith, reason, and experience, Avery M. Masters

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Effects of prenatal folic acid exposure on social behavior in prairie voles, Taylor Eve McCain

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Feeding-induced circadian disruption in the liver : towards a non-invasive method of observing circadian disruption in peripheral tissues, Eleanor Evans McCartney

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The effects of carbon source and oxygen availability on gene expression in uropathogenic Escherichia coli, Grace M. Moore

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Cosmologies of healing in Ceremony and The salt eaters, Kathleen Frances Mullins

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Analyses of genome structures in testate amoeba (Arcellinida, Amoebozoa) uning single-cell 'omics and flurescence microscopy, Ketty Munyenyembe

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Defining the role of the reelin signaling pathway in neurogenesis and behavior - a zebrafish model of autism spectrum disorders, Grace Kathryn Nevil

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Foraminifera over time, space, and in response to temperature, Giovanna M. Noe-Wilson

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Estimating microbial diversity of toxin producing bacteria from soil using cellular automata, Aoi Ogawa

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A statistical exploration of accretion rates in substellar objects, Anne Peck

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Simultaneous detection of salivary dopamine and its metabolites via HPLC coupled electrochemical detection : a detection method for early-onset Parkinson's disease, Qiyi Qian

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Mapping the evolutionary history of genes along chromosomes in diverse eukaryotic parasites, Dana Ragooanan

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Validity and utility of wireless wearable heart rate assessment : comparisons with wired, subjective, and salivary measures, Julia R. Riccardi

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Corrupted : evolution of identity and the body in Gothic literature, Renée Rienecker

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Queer immigration : Brazilian women navigating race & citizenshhip in the United States, Marcela Rodrigues-Sherley

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Characterizing the role of meteorin as a midline signaling molecule for developing the embryonic CNS, Madeline Marie Ryan

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Understanding the role of slow slip events in the Cascadia earthquake cycle, Juliette Paule Saux

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Predicting impending failure of an electro-chemical sensor, Junyuan Shi

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From bustles to bras, 1851-1939 : honors thesis and exhibition catalog, Allison Lora Smith

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Re-visioning time and intimacy for the anthropocene : Virginia Woolf's queer modes of life-writing in To the Lighthouse, Orlando, and Flush, Rylee Marie Smith

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The effect of human body temperature on the proteo-transcriptomic responses of commensal and pathogenic Escherichia coli, Isidora Stanković

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Authoress of the world : womanhood in Margaret Cavendish's writings, Jemma Kathryn Stephenson

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Examining which factors influence exhaustivity in children's answers to wh-questions, Bethany Mary Stoddard

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Effects of dim evening light on circadian rhythms and behavior, Selma Tir

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Family matters : political mobilization among evangelical Protestants and Latter-day Saints, Rachel Carr Venator

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Music from my living room : an album for the Smith community, Sarah Elizabeth Vespa

Automatically merging evolving goal models, Yilin Wang

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An encoder-based soft optical waveguide sensor pair for contact force detection and localization, Yuhan Wen

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The Jews of Bukhara : from ancient beginnings to the present day, Shoshana Beth Werblow

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Analysis of neurolenin bioactivity in adult Caenorhabditis elegans and Dirofilaria immitis, Grace Caroline Wessels

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Synthesis and base pair opening kinetics of the Spiroimminodihydantoin lesion, Ruby C. Wu

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand reaction strategy for the synthesis of a tetracyclic steroid core, Eve Yuanwei Xu

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Metabolites prediction in multiple studies using machine learning, Ziwei Zang

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Nucleosomal base excision repair of spiroiminodihydantoin lesions initiated by formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase, Linghe Zhang

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

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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