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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 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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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

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Navigating of microtubule obstacles by ensembles of dynein, Amalia Rose Driller-Colangelo

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Physician attitudes in treating commercial sex workers, Sarah Eleanor Evans

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Thermal modeling and analysis of a particle separation device, Lisa H. Feiden

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Negotiating LGBTQ+ identity at a historically women's college, Jessica Elianna Feinberg

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Eyes wide shut : the intersectional effects of gender and race of target photos on African American men and women's recognition memory, Jada Rene Flint

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Expression cloning and analysis of a putative Brugia malayi POU-homeodomain transcription factor, Nicole Frumento

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Telling fortunes and cutting purses : the Romani in Rome : early seventeenth century art, theater and society, Madeleine Gaines Greaves

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Cannibalism in Blepharisma americanum : a genome comparison, Bethaney Gulla-Devaney

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Using organocarbonates as safer electrophilic reagents, Bezawit Sirak Habtesellassie

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An ecosystem analysis of legacy heavy metal contamination in central New Hampshire : regional atmospheric deposition versus localized impacts from historic mining, Emma Elizabeth Harnisch

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Functionalization of neurolenins isolated from Neurolaena lobata, Peyton Higgins

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Novel verb learning via overheard speech : a study of transitive, intransitive, and dative verbs, Emily Kathleen Jackson

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The teratogenic effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on craniofacial development, Emilie Suzanne Jones

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I am supermentsh : searching for the Jew in the superhero comic book, Hannah Sophia Lavine Kass

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Korean Shakespeares : formation and disintegration of the traditional family, Hee Young Kim

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The what and the why of wh-movement in the child's grammar : a new perspective through epistemic and deontic modality, Jessica Ann Kotfila

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Impacts of infrastructure spending on interstate migration : empirical evidence over eleven years, Natalia Janina Kreciglowa

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Mothering her memories : original script and directing notes, Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk

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Sacral king to Augural emperor : divination and Roman transformations from Numa to Augustus, Katherine Margaret Krygowski

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A novel quantitative PCR assay for the detection of Ross River virus, Rebecca Anne Kuzma

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Using the small molecule nobiletin to modulate circadian rhythms in human cancer cells and mice, Caroline Elisabeth Labriola

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Design and fabrication of a rotomolder machine, Shaneil Joy Lafayette

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Characterizing 2,6 Di-sec-Butylphenol and 2,6 Di-tert-Butylphenol modulation of GABAa receptor currents, Madison Page Leet

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Immigration and voting patterns : evidence from the U.S. presidential and congressional elections, Katherine Rose Lemiesz

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Method for estimating hematocrit after centrifugation, Dan Lin

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#InstagramObsessed : the effects of Instagram on self-objectification, Sophia Hui Yu Liu

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Tools for understanding taxicab and e-hail services use in New York City, Wencong Li

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Characterization and comparison of 2,6 Di-sec-butylphenol modulation of the GABAa and glycine receptors, Shuqi Mao

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Micromixer : a benchtop polymer mixer, Emily Matz

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Between Russia and the United States : concepts and conflicts of Jewish citizenship in the early twentieth century, Emily Alyse Mazza

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Exploring the evolution of Ramsey games, Theodore McCulloch

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Putting the "success" in succession : comparing dominant species in a deciduous forest isn't so "clear cut", Madeleine Ann Meadows-McDonnell

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Investigating the nature of mutualisms between Rhododendron seedlings and local versus novel communities of ericoid mycorrhizal fungi, Taryn Leigh Mueller

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Sedimentary redox geochemistry of the Lower Triassic Montney Formation, British Columbia, Chiza Ngachize Mwinde

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American Jewish anti-Zionism : a historical and contemporary analysis, Hunter Rose Myers

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Worlds beyond : follow-up observations and confirmation of K2 exoplanet candidates, Rachel Eileen O'Connor

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Elucidating testate amoeba biodiversity : an analysis of Hyalosphenia spp, Angela Colleen O'Donnell

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"When I need you, I shall send for you" : an analysis of Aksumite and Himyarite authority in an East Roman world, Katherine Ashley O'Hara

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"Superheroes aren't born - they're built" : an exploration of the interactions between technology and humanity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Alexandra Helen Ostrowski Schilling

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No, stay : stories, Emma K. Pacchiana

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Designing a proxy carbon price strategy for Smith College, Breanna Jane Parker

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Ionization spectroscopy of beryllium, Carson O. Patterson

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Investigating the long-term effects of human land use on soil chemistry and forest vegetation, Linda A. Patterson

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Sources of dissolved constituents in a high arctic glacial meltwater stream, Molly Dennison Peek

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Nonsensical language and life without meaning : absurdism in children's literature, Carolyn Jane Polis

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Inflating the volume of polyhedra, Syed Zainab Aqdas Rizvi

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Modeling of the potential traffic management practices at the Williamsburg Mill River Greenway construction site, Laura Mae Rosenbauer

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Practicing class : disjunctures between class position and presentation in gay communities, Emily Hawley Ruppel

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"Swimming in the border" : a translation and critical analysis of Rikudah Potash's Yiddish prose in Jerusalem, Teddy H.E. Schneider

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[Triangle]Scope : a new method to quantify 3D biological structures and identify differences in zebrafish forebrain development, Morgan Sarah Schwartz

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The impact of bridge intrusion on the Mill River : hydraulic modelling and analysis using HEC-RAS, Maya Sleiman

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Androgenic modulation of foot-flagging behavior in the Bronean rock frog (Staurois parvus), Sarah Smith

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Metaphors of disability : disposability, land, and literature, Samantah Calli Stolar

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The effect of bumblebee caste on individuals' response to medicinal pollen, Elyse Clarissa Stone

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Love song for what my mother is too afraid to call by name : poems, Janelle Tan

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Fashioning women : dress and the formation of visual types in the late eighteenth-century English popular print, Kaila K. Temple

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A high precision laser refractometer for geological applications, Sophia TenHuisen

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Synthesis and thermodynamic analysis of a cisplatin-modified DNA 12-mey, Sheng Tian

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Synthesis of an alkyne-conjugated neurolenin derivative for use in biological click-chemistry experiments, Anisha Tyagi

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Gene regulation in enteropathogenic Escherichia coli, Nhi My Van

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Synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates for targeted drug delivery, Analia Jazmin Vázquez Cegla

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Precision spectroscopy of beryllium, Alisha Daya Vira

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Microgrid design informed by genetic algorithms, Jessica Leigh Wert

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Different coasts and different hosts : investigating speciation in the seal lungworm Otostrongylus circumlitus, Kalani Marie Williams

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What does your hair smell like? : identifying and modifying hair affinity for volatile molecules, Jinyi Yang

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Univariate and multivariate quantification of hydrogen, lithium, boron, carbon, and sulfur under vacuum and in Earth and Mars atmospheres using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, Caroline R. Ytsma

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Diagnosis checker : an interactive interface for mitigating diagnostic bias in mental health care, Ji Young Yun

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Fossils preserved by iron-bearing minerals in the Lower-Middle Cambrian Carrara formation, Jade Ziqiu Zhang

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

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Salivary concentrations of dopamine and other constituents in Parkinson's disease, Noah Daniel Blohm

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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