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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 2016

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Why aren't all of the Black students sitting together? : Black student intra-racial dynamics on a college campus, Gabirelle Louise Peterson

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Assessing the biodiversity and discovering evidence of RNA editing in testate (shelled) amoebae, Natalie Abigail Phillips

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Towards a Black women's romantic ideology : theorizing Black women's cultural production in the 1980/90s, Jocelyn Mitzi Proietti

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Exploring modifications and identification of neurolenin as a potential anti-filarial drug candidate for Lymphatic filariasis, Meghna Purkayastha

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The poetics of space : a close study of Lucille Clifton's Aesthetic and ethic, Margaret Rose Rathbun

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Shooter bias and eye gaze, Rachel E. Silveria

(Dis)respect in the urban classrooms : teachers and an ethic to care, Alexandra Francis Singer

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Protein engineering for receptor-mediated drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, Natalie Durham Sorkin Smith

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Nuestro cabello : personal and social significance of hair among Afro-Cuban women, Miari Taina Stephens

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Size matters not : the importance of sRNAs in adaptive thermoregulation in uropathogenic Escherichia coli, Madeleine Sutherland

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The phylogeography and cytogenetics of Rhipsalis baccifera : the cactus that made it to the Old World, Elizabeth Ann Tan

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The said and the unsayable : silence in Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion, Laura Evelyn Thurber

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"The wife, the widow" : narratives of grief in contemporary American memoir, Madison McFadden Tierney

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Metaphysical free will and contemporary science, Gillian Ariela Tisdale

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Drinking motives and alcohol expectancies as predictors of high-risk drinking behavior prior to and during the college transition, Cara Celine Tomaso

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Investigating the evolution of Wolbachia spp.- derived genes in the genome of Wolbachia-independent filarial nematodes, Eirini Tsekitsidou

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A study of geomorphologic and geochemical evidence for prehistoric floods from Paulina Lake in Newberry Crater, Central Oregon, Heather Elizabeth Upin

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Security and privacy issues in the smart grid : a decentralized approach, Angela Upreti

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Cam girls, Elizabeth Adeline Slavet Walber

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Characterization of cyclohexanol modulation of GABA[subscript A], Erin M. Walch

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Interpreting negated adjectives : a developmental perspective, Xiaozhou Wang

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The institutional correlates of enrollments of international students, Nutcha Wattanachit

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Electric power system design for miniature proton exchange membrane fuel cells, Yijin Wei

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Comrades and rivals : farmers and foxhunters in nineteenth-century Leicestershire, Madison Capron White

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Towards In silico protein surgery : handling errors and working with the protein data bank, Victoria E. Wolf

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Escalation of commitment in retrospect : an integration of responsibility, counterfactual thinking and hindsight bias, Huafeng Yu

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Wideband acoustic immittance measurements : effects of age, gender, race, and equipment, Yezhezi Zhang

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Client emotional response and psychotherapy progress : a case-based approach, Yiwen Zhu

Honors Projects and Theses from 2015

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From fall to leap : the journey of faith in the works of C.S. Lewis, Shalini Asirini Abayasekara

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Microbes in the dark : molecular analyses of marine communities below the photic zone, Jessica Nicole Andrade

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Distress associated with non-acquisition in hoarding disorder, Elizabeth Barlow Atkins

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Methods for generating and identifying (3,6) sparse graphs, Pratistha Bhattarai

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La questione dell'identità moderna in Svevo e Pirandello, Emily Augusta Biffis

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From monster to maiden : Archaic and classical depictions of the Greek gorgon in art and literature, Olivia Simpson Blais

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Cycles of fury : revenge and the underworld in Senecan tragedy, Chloe Bollentin

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Assessing seasonal photosynthetic function of dominant species post-clearcut, Kyle Acadia Boyd

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Outbreak control : designing a PCR-based diagnostic test for Dengue virus, Katharine Stuyvesant Brien

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O(s) livro(s) de Aristides Fernández : oito contos e um comentario, Ingrid Brioso-Rieumont

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Novel dimensions in visual media for understanding the biological world : illustrating the effects of aquatic pollution in three case studies, Anna Marie Campbell

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1D and 2D ¹H NMR spectroscopy studies of mutagenic DNA duplexes, Sophia C. Carroll

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The cost of capital : a philosophical exploration of commodification, Jana Chan

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DNA-small molecule catalyst conjugates for site-selective chemistry in complex contexts, Drew Elizabeth Colman

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Rethinking the antagonistic role of "invasive weeds" within plant communities : a case study from the Chihuahuan Desert, Samantha Jo Danguilan

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Performing liminality : embodying disability and trans identity onstage, Ana Ruffino Darrow

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Flow simulation software : an evaluation and comparison, Nicole L. DeChello

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The Smiffenpoofs : a history of female a cappella, Abigail Francis Duquette

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Revisiting forbidden lines in T Tauri stars, Wanda Feng

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Modeling rapid phyllotactic transitions in Magnolia x soulangiana 'Verbanica', Madeline Christine Franz

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Tolerance and trade : multiculturalism in seventeenth century New Amsterdam, Tess Kathleen Frydman

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Seeing it in the mind's eye : the role of imagery in imaginative resistance, Janelle Marie Gagnon

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The Koyal's cage : marriage, independence and Islam in 21st century India : inspirated by Henrik Ibsen's A doll's house, Afreen Seher Gandhi

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Suicide, or the politics of life and death, Mercer Elizabeth Gary

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China's thirst for African oil : trade and aid implications of Beijing's Africa policy, Ella Alexa Genasci Smith

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Engineering microproteins targeting the interface of tumor biomarkers Mesothelin and MUC16, Katia Sophia George

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A provenance study of ancient Corinthian pottery by non-destructive chemical analysis, Rebecca Frances Gerdes

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Under pressure : compressed air system analysis for Dresser-Rand's Olean facility, Alison Jo Grady

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Exploring the relationship between anthropomorphism, loneliness and hoarding disorder, Lucy-Lynn Ming Graves

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Petrography, geothermobarometry and metamorphic history of metapelites from the Central Ruby Range, southwest Montana, Clémentine Hamelin

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Community center to concert hall : youth outreach, classical music publics, and institutional discourse, Anna Lee Hirschi

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Developing synthetic multi-fluorescence techniques in S. cerevisiae for single molecule microscopy, Malayna A. Hocker

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Potential effects of eastern hemlock decline on the hemlock-associated liverwort Bazzania trilobata, Michelle Renee Jackson

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Intersecting identities and shooter bias, Laura Christine Keenan

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Simultaneously controlling nanoscale morphology and chemical functionality in the Si(100) surface, Minhee Kim

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Complicity of Serbian women : questioning the heteronational ethno-state, Lucinda Elizabeth Klarich-Kahn

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The role of the blood-brain barrier in postoperative cognitive decline, Kay Ogashira Kulason

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Oxytocin and same-sex social affiliation in meadow voles, Elyssa Margaret LaFlamme

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Investigating piezoelectric sensors : a design clinic honors extension project, Emily Christine Lane

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Building is for boys : the effects of gender related stereotype threat on executive functioning in young girls, Emma Eva Lattes

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Korean American poetry since 2002 : reconfigurations of feminism, race, and diaspora through ethnic abstraction, Josephpina Lee

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(Re)sounding cinema : the digital age, Sarah Elizabeth Lerner

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Resistere con le parole e le azioni : le diverse lotte femminili del XX secolo da donne-madri a partigiane combattenti, Caitlyn McCready Levine

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Telling moments and conflicting goods : William Quiller Orchardson and Edith Wharton, Gavriella Chava Levy Haskell

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Native American women's community activism : personal experience and social and cultural capital in collective identity, Noemi Linares-Ramirez

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The optical production of metastable krypton atoms for the development of the next generation of atom trap trace analysis, Danika Rose Luntz-Martin

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Asian and Asian American cultural orientations : the impact of authoritarianism on marriage plans, friendships, selecting a major, and career choice, Elisabeth Mah

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Investigating the neurobiology of the effects of Interleukin 1β on effort-based behavior : impact of isoflavone diet and adenosine A2A receptor antagonist treatments, Tatenda Dawn Mahlanza

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Microfossil assemblages in Cryogenian (~716 Ma) cap carbonates of Namibia, Zambia, Mongolia and Arctic Alaska, Kelsey Reed Moore

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Does a correlation between severe/regressive autism and viral co-infection exist?, Mojdeh Mostafavi

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Geologic mapping and characterization of Nicholson Crater, Mars, Alyssa Christine Pascuzzo

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand strategy for the synthesis of tetracycles, Zulema Maria Peralta

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Preserving the microbiome : quantifying collateral damage during antibiotic use, Laila Elaine Phillips

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Reproduction in mammalian predator and prey : the effects of allometry, phylogeny, and ecology on reproduction in Canidae and Leporidae, Katherine Greer Pielmeier

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Temperature regulation of biofilm formation in uropathogenic Escherichia coli, Gemma Louise Regan-Mochrie

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Hate speech and its impact on civic dialogue, Maredith Patricia Richardson

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NMR spectroscopy of the mutagenic DNA duplexes, Lindsay Morgan Roth

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"Myths are the earliest form of science" : Directing Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, Theater-Production and directions, Mythology in literature, Religion and science, Drama-Technique, Hannah Sachs

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Ergonomic study of handheld laparoscopic surgical devices, Adrienne Rafer Saludades

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From Facebook to fundraisers : small and local social movement organizations on the internet and social media, Samantha Ann Scovill

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Miseq transcriptome analysis of A. Viteae versus B. Malayi, a Wolbachia dependent nematode, Marie Jacques Seignon

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The extent to which social networks mitigate the effects of shocks on well-being : an empirical study of households in Andhra Pradesh, India, Noor Nandini Sethi

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Legend and myth-making during the Duke d'Enghien affair, Naomi Gitanjali Sinnathamby

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Design of an online learning environment for chemical concepts in bioengineering, Greta Wanless Stacy

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Geostatistical models for the spatial distribution of uranium in the continental United States, Sara Ann Stoudt

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Shy presence : a body of work, Abigail Louise Tatarian

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The interim solution : the Nazification of Hamburg's Germanistik and the existence of the German university under National Socialism, Chloe Paige Vaughn

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Identification of thioredoxin peroxidase-2 (tpx-2) promoter-binding proteins in the filarial parasite, Brugia malayi : a targeted approach to vaccine and drug candidate discovery, Krithika Venkataraman

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The little mermaid, Paulina Juliana Wake

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Social cohesion, stability, and liberal peacebuilding : lessons from John Rawls and Robert Nozick, Yiqian Wang

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Rats get by with a little help from their friends : behavioral correlates of prosociality in rats, Sarah Banks Winokur

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The Sedgeford ovens : Anglo-Saxon archaeology, grain production, and comparative hot-process structures, Alice Carolyn Wolff