2008 - present

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 2009

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Race, radicalism, and the wandering Jew : rethinking Emma Goldman, Olivia Grace Cummings

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A novel attractant role for the Slit1a ligand during post-optic commissure formation in the developing zebrafish forebrain, Elizabeth Deschene

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Site-specific dance : the place it takes, Lila Ann Dodge

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The ethics of global climate change : Aristotelian ethics, Lauren M. Donahue

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Presidential appointments to the Supreme Court : of bananas, backbones, and dumb sons of bitches, Sarah Dunlap

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Et sa morte était Bruges : la femme et l’espace rêvé dans Bruges-la-Morte par Georges Rodenbach, Erica C. Faller

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Towards vehicular sustainability : development of environmental impact metrics, Sari Field

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Testing the NATREX model : long-run fundamentals and the dynamics of equilbrium real exchange rates, Rebecca Freeman

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"Didn't your mommy tell you that isn't nice?" : patterns and shifts in rape-revenge films, 1973-1998, Katherine L. Gray

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The optimization of voltage for a grid-tied photovoltaic system to minimize cost, Kristyn Hall

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Children's production and comprehension of definite and indefinite noun phrases in English : an optimality theory analysis, Kaitlyn P. Harrigan

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Dense gravity driven 2D granular flow : an investigation of parameters affecting the shear zones, Kelsey Hattam

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Le Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville de Diderot dans le débat sur l'"homme naturel" contre la civilisation, Laura Itzkowitz

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Genetic diversity of ciliates in near coastal sediment, Hannah K. Jaris

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United Nations intervention in the Bosnian War : how a well-intentioned mission had unintended consequences, Melanie Jaskolka

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For you : a conceptual theater, Jane B. Jones

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Development of models for the study of anesthetic preconditioning using rat pheochromocytoma and mouse neuroblastoma, Sarah Anne Kam

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Alice's rules : an examination of structure in Alice in Wonderland, Julia Whaley Kiefer

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Joan Didion : the narrative and the frontier ethic, Lillie Kilburn

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Bildungsexperimente : Kunst, Krankheit und Karikatur bei E.T.A. Hoffmanns "Kater Murr" und Thomas Manns "Zauberberg", Lyudmyla Kovalenko

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TRANScendingFORM, Sarah Kulig

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Cloverfield and the monstrosity of postmodernity, Hannah W. Leung

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Without language : adult belief reasoning with verbal interference, Yi Lin

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"Carriers of the nation" : changes in women's reproductive power in the AIDS era : a case study in Botswana, Katelyn Lucy

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Through a glass darkly : Pynchon, Calvino, and the mirror, Sasha Mann

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Authoritarianism and attitudes about arranged marriages in Bangladesh and South India, Jessica McCarthy

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Snake cube puzzles : Hamilton paths in grid graphs, Alison Elizabeth McDonough

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Normative measurements of energy reflectance in healthy newborns and one-month olds, Gabrielle R. Merchant

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Reading women and writing art in Elizabethan epyllia, Dianne Marie Mitchell

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Intertextuality and forging identity in Alison Bechdel's Fun home: a family tragicomic, Melina Alice Moore

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On film and television : the portrayal of bioethics in popular culture, Elizabeth Morgan

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Atmospheric mercury deposition in an isolated environment : a 150-year record at Block Island, Rhode Island, Rachel Neurath

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The effectiveness of a biblio-based self-help program for compulsive hoarding, Alla Pekareva-Kochergina

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Search for el mapa : exploring the intersection of languages in three bilingual plays, Sophie Hannah Ragone

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Deciphering the roundabout code underlying postoptic commissure formation in the developing Zebrafish forebrain, Azucena Ramos

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The park and the spirit of the city : an analysis of the cultural function of three urban parks, Becky Reinhart

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Metamorphism of graphitic schists from Syros, Greece, Roxanne Renedo

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The rose that grew from concrete : memory, dreamscapes, and the social construction of urban Black adolescenses in Dael Oladersmith's The gimmick, Monique Anastasia Robinson

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The moderating effects of generalized threat on the relationship between authoritarianism, intolerance of ambiguity, and information processing strategies in a community sample, Stacy Anne Rockwood

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Ethnic differences in how mothers describe their children, Wendy Michelle Roman

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Mineralogy and origin of Zn-rich horizons within the arctic volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit, Ambler District, Alaska, Danielle Schmandt

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Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of novel carbon solids, Alisa M. Stratulat

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The mask of diversity : an examination of racial identity, change over time and multiculturalism in U.S. institutions of higher education, Vanessa Lynn Titang

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There will be signs along the way to guide you : a study of abandonment in American society today, Olivia Wall

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Geochemical investigation of weathering in a high arctic watershed and provenance of ssediments in Kongressvatnet, Svalbard, Norway, Maya Li Wei-Haas

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The Lobo-Cabernite affair : a close look at the case study as history and historical problem, Anna White-Nockleby

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Storied empires : The tempest and Lettres d'une Péruvienne, Caroline Winschel

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Attitudes towards fatherhood in low income African American adolescent males, Emily Yen

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James Baldwin : Black American expatriate, Anna R. Young

Honors Projects and Theses from 2008

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Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating postoptic commissure (POC) formation in the Zebrafish forebrain, Kristin Alligood

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The effects of action video game playing on low-and high-level cognitive tasks, Elizabeth Ankudowich

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Novel small regulatory RNA molecules in B. malayi : a route to discovering new potential drug targets for human lymphatic filariasis, Zinmar Aung

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Quest for representation : contemporary post-Holocaust fiction by Modiano, Foer and Sebald, Meredith Badler

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Exploring the natural : an investigation in the manipulation of specimens, Syretha Brooks

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Understanding biofilm formation : poly-L-lysine mediated adsorption of alginate to functionalized silica surfaces, Jennie Brown

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Il sogno svizzero : la realtà degli immigrati italiani in Svizzera nel secondo dopoguerra, Felicitas Burgi

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Jane Austen's brother-hero, Felicia Carey

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The Spanish Civil War in film, 1938-2006 : history and memory in a transnational perspective, Molly Chadis

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The effect of multiple gestational cycles on tendon structural and material behavior in mice, Alison Cloutier

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Re-interpreting faith, challenging tradition : the impact of feminist theology on the Episcopal Church in the United States, Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick

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Conway's angel problem, R. Jordan Crouser

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The Israel lobby : search for the origins of the argument, Sidnie Davis

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Virgin wife or liberated housholder : active contemplation in two philosophies, Lilith Dornhuber de Bellesiles

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Long range : distance and technology in the soldier poetry of the First and Second World Wars, Emily Edmonds-Langham

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On the edge : visions of the earthly paradise of Dante and Milton, Eleanor Farber

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Mapping Julio-Claudian Rome : a study in Julio-Claudio geography through GIS, Cassandra Finger

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Synthesis of a novel Diels-Alder diene, Seiko Fujii

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The categorization and acquisition of Tibet evidentiality, Harper Gernet-Girard

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The effects of Neuregulin-1-ß1 on circadian rhythms, Danielle Guild

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"From the vasty deep" : the relationship between Japanese prime ministers and the politics of Yasukuni Shrine, Laura Hancock

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Discover your "self" : justice, compassion and desire in Black women's ethical discourse, René Heavlow

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The influence of geologic and anthropogenic interactions on geochemical processes in the critical zone of vineyards near Milton-Freewater, Oregon, Ruth Indrick

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Portraits of Beethoven : the Immortal Beloved controversy, Alessandra Jones

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The evolution of Greek identity in the Roman world : understanding, accepting, and supporting Roman rule, Allison Jones

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Between borders and mandates : the possibility of international protection for the internally displaced in armed conflicts, Min Ji Kim

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Give us children or we shall die : modern reproductive technology and Jewish law, Chelsea Kline

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Mechanistic studies of Palladium enolate complexes, Katherine Kornecki

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WTO Dispute 291 : who won?, Ellen Kreitmeier

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The other hand : an exercise in adaptation inspired by the works of J.D. Salinger, Rachel Lerner-Ley

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Look but don't touch : study of the Victorian corset, Joann Longobardo

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Structure of a contact zone : analysis of Dusky salamander (genus Desmognathus) populations in the Bald Mountains, Tennessee and North Caroline, Lizmarie López

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Unusual patterns of genome evolution in the ciliate clade Heterotrichea, Christina Lyman

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Playing childhood : translating personal experience into collective narratives in prints, Arielle Marks

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The St. John's Wood Clique : "the lost pages of history", Laura Martin

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Dimensions of religious orientation and hazardous alcohol use among college students, Elan McCollum

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Knot theory and the Alexander polynomial, Reagin McNeill

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Critique and conscience : classics in Louis MacNeice's Autumn journal, Kimberly Meskimen

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Unearthing stories : Caribbean women respond to the Brontës, Sarah Muffly

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The relative efficacy of brief cognitive restructuring and mindfulness-based interventions on perfectionistic concerns, Mary Munroe

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Heat shock and the developmental regulation of the MAPKs in C2C12 cells, Khue Nguyen

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Athletes and alcohol : social influences on hazardous alcohol use and the mediating role of alcohol expectancies, Janine Olthuis

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Archaic period warfare in the American southeast, Wendy Pariseau

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The economics and ethics of executive compension, Annie Parker

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Third culture kids : factors that predict psychological health after repatriation, Laila Plamondon

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Expanding the scope of the Dakin-West reaction, Julie Pyle

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Effects of blood on the degradation of DNA from Filarial parasites, Syeda Qadri

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Cobalt-complexed alkynes in the Diels-Alder reaction, Maureen Reilly

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Stratigraphy, mineralogy, and geochemistry of the Bolivar Cu-Zn skarn deposit, Chihuahua, Mexico, Merilie Reynolds

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Egypt's Muslim brotherhood : the evolution of an Islamic alternative?, Emily Riff