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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 2015

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The biodiversity of and interactions among microbes in New England ecosystems : coastal marine and low pH. bogs, Cameah Corin Wood

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Simulation of excitations in Bose-Einstein condensates, Frances Fu-Hsin Yang

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Effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy within the specialized inpatient PTSD unit at the Northampton VA, Hannah Shea Young

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A hedonic valuation of open space in Northampton, Jacqueline Wenya Zhou

Honors Projects and Theses from 2014

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Third space and identity formation in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, Aqdas Aftab

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Exploring the implications of climate change for the range of an endemic plant species : threats and conservation options, Emily Rose Barbour

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What we keep, Taylor Alaska Barrett

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Simultaneous control of nanoscale topography and chemical functionalization on the Si(100)surface, Madeleine Sara Beasley

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God as parent, partner, king : reevaluating metaphors of love and obedience in the Hebrew Bible, Emily Natasha Branton

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Determining the surficial vs. penetrative origin and distribution of caliche crusts in Quaternary carbonate eolianite deposits on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, Sarah Katherine Brisson

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Methylphenidate treatment in an age-related immunologically induced model of fatigue, Rebecca Yu Broadhurst

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Modeling coseismic slip of the 2012 Nicoya Peninsula earthquake, Costa Rica : roles of megathrust geometry and surface displacement, Paula M. Burgi

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Modern uses of the word Like in the generations under 40, Serenity H. Carr

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Predictors of trauma-related psychopathology in sexual miniority college students : the role of childhood adversity and current social support, Antonela Cesar Giordana

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PAH-induced activation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor signaling and its effects on neural crest development in zebrafish, Diane D. Chen

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Therapeutic effects of Quisqualis indica on lymphatic filariasis, Naihan Chen

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Duck...duck...don't shoot : evading dangerous shooter bias outcomes by cover rather than utilizing firearms, Mia Jasmine Copeland-Brock

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(Re)producing anxiety : infertility, modernity, and social imaginaries in the city of Eternal Spring, Devikara Devakula

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Synthesis of cyclo-[(L-Phe-D-[superscript me]N-Ala)₄-] dimer : a potential ion transporter, Virginia Marcela Diaz

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Stock markets and market confidence indices : a Granger casualty test, Linh Thi Dinh

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Early Cambrian phosphatized archaeocyathans and small shelly fossils of southwestern Mongolia, Camille Honoré Dwyer

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Interest group influence on American health policymaking, Sophie Eleanor Fierst

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Tell about the South : constructions of Blackness in Southern literature, Zella Eleonore Fisher

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The role of language in the concept of telicity, Samantha Brooks Floyd

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Comparing and visualizing in silico protein rigidity : methods and applications, Emily R. Flynn

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Detecting flow separation over a bio-inspired patterned surface using a pressure sensor array, Lawren Lenore Gamble

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Synthesis and chromatographic separation of the diastereomers of 2,6-Diethylcyclohexanol for application as a potential anesthetic, Alexandra Marie Gatsios

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Thermodynamics of the frustrated triangluar Kagome lattice with Heisenberg spins, Kelsea Taylor Gill

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Ooid formation at Pigeon Creek Delta, San Salvador Island, the Bahamas, Kiara Jeannelle Gomez

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A quiet war : revising heroism in Tamora Pierce's Tortall, Tess Hailey Grogan

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"Let us sing our victory, long live sound" : the Atlantic cultural revolution and the making of republics through song, Jennifer Augustina Guerin

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Unsegmented character recognition on handwritten Syriac documents, Zella Harriet Henderson

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Design and testing of DC/DC converters for miniature fuel cell power systems, Lauren Marie Hilton

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The International Baccalaureate theatre program : the future of international theatre education, Jessica Danielle Hodder

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The effects of predator cue and food availability on shell shape, thickness, and strength in the intertidal snails Littorina obtusata and L. saxatilis, Jessica Lynn Hopson

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Renewable energy resource and critical load assessment index for Portobelo, Panama, Adrienne Rose Horne

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A quantitative study of the effects of solvent properties on crystal growth morphology, Jinglin Huang

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The gender wage gap among Montana state government employees, Isabel Sarah Huff

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Myogenic carbohydrate transcriptome in murine C2C12 cells, Anagha Inguva

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"Check two or more" : multiethnicity as choice and community, Sarah Elizabeth Iverson

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Effects of the evolution of germline sequestration in metazoa on the tempo of interdomain lateral gene transfer, Lindy Mae Jensen

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Mathematical modeling of the attack and defense game between crabs and snails in the northeastern coast of Maine, Yu Jin

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Safer methylation of oxygen nucleophiles using orthesters, Yuan Ji

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Consanguineous marriage in the rapidly changing Middle East, Marie Victoria Jones

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Examination of oxytocin receptor distribution and social behavior across a South American rodent clade, Yasmin Kamal

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Nematode parasites of marine mammals : phylogenetic and statistical analysis of coevolution, Caroline Dana Keroack

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Impact of climate change and invasive species on the chemistry of organic horizons in forested soils from western Massachusetts, Clarke Alexandra Knight

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Limitations of an individual subject : Hans-Georg Gadamer's analysis of history and a self, Salome Kokoladze

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Whole-transcriptome study of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli response to human body temperature (37° C), Da Yae Lee

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The role of anemia in Interleukin-1β-induced fatigue, Hailun Li

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Design of non-isothermal observers for miniature PEM fuell cells, Xinyi Liu

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How physical space becomes symbolic capital : linking the built environment of neighborhoods to social life, Allison Lynn Logan

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"The garment of flesh" : Mary Webb's rebellious bodies, Harriet Porter Low

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"Being a part of something special makes you special, right?" : creating a Glee-ful community of Jewishness on American television, Jeanne Alison Lowrey

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Demand response actualization in the electricity market, Jinjin Lu

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The role of language in understanding second order relations : an eyetracker study, Katherine Starkman Margulis

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The effects of IL-1β on sleep and circadian rhythmicity in an animal model of fatigue, Grace Brown McKay-Corkum

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Investigating complex phytoplankton dynamics : pseudo-nitzschia spp. diversity and toxicity in the nearshore Gulf of Maine, Hanna Margaret Mogensen

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Placing autonomy back in the patient's hands : a Kantian approach, Ellina Nektalova

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Mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling during C2C12 myogenesis, Nhu Tran Nguyen

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Breaking "the code" : art museums and the transmission of cultural capital, Dora Margery Novey-Buttfield

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History on display : commemoration at the 1876 Centennial Exposition, Anna Olkovsky

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Synthesis of strained cyclic alkynes using an intramolecular cobalt-mediated Nicholas reaction, Gloria Ortiz

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Evaluating the electoral gender quota : women's substantive representation in Tanzania, Katie Lyn Paulson-Smith

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Queering l'Italianità : la fioritura di un nuovo immaginario culturale, Francesca Marie Petronio

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Studying accretion and wind in young stars with spectroscopy, Jennifer Nicole Podel

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The synthesis and chromatographic separation of 2-ethyl-6-methylcyclohexanol, a possible anesthetic, Céleste Marie Pritchard

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Neuroendocrinology of stress and social behavior in female meadow voles, Kara Mariah Reitz

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Self-ambivalence and contingent self-worth : risk factors for OCD?, Laura Ann Romanowski

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The changing politics of educational opportunity : federal education reform under Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush, Anya Claire Rosenberg

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Modeling the expansion and collapse of Bose-Einstein condensates, Lydia Ann Shannon

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Design of a rain garden for Ziskind House, Julia Elizabeth Signell

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The zebrafish radial fiber proteins define the diencephalic glial bridge as a heterogenous population of astroglial cells during forebrain commissure formation, Risha Sinha

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Exploring indirect variables to understand the relationship between perfectionism's dimensions and depressive symptoms, Julia Christine Sisson

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Predictors of early response to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACD in military personnel with posttraumatc stress disorder, Christina Song

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Stalinist Orientalism : images of Soviet Central Asians and deterritorialized national identities in USSR in construction, Nazpari Saati Sotoudeh

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The "Doom" of kings : Anglo-Saxon law as kingly literature, Abigail Ruth Sprenkle

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Mechanistic studies in the base catalyzed methylation of carboxylic acids and phenols, Jessica Susan Sweeney

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Analysis of natural products from Neurolama lobata as candidate antifilarial agents against the parasitic nematode Brugia pahangi, Kristine Louise Trotta

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand strategy for the synthesis of tetracycles, Natalie Vaninov

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Medicinal plants to medication : an investigation of the antifilarial potential of Centella asiatica on the parasite Brugia Pahang, Marika Witkus

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"What love women to men may owe" : gender performativity and romantic relationships in Shakespeare's comedies, Oliva Elizabeth Woods

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The beckoning of Black Baku : Russian foreign policy and interests in Azerbaijan, 1828-2014, Elisabeth Ercil Wroth

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Identification of clock gene functional conservation between Caenorhabditis elegans and Brugia malayi, Jenna Irene Wurster

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Love and self : considering the agency of Lin Daiyu in The dream of the red chamber, Lingyan Xu

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The influence of culture on descriptions of realilty and regulatory focus, Xiaoye Xu

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Investigation of "cold point" crystallization method, Zhouchangwan Yu

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Silage treatment using constructed wetlands, Ansha Zaman

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Elucidate the gene regulation in Clostridium lijungdahlii, Jing Zhang

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Genome evolution of ciliates : alternative processing and genome structure of Chilodonella uncinata, Xinzhu Zhou

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Catalytic methylation of oxygen nucleophiles by "C₃" and an oxidant, Jillian Zoglio

Honors Projects and Theses from 2013

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Elite schools, exclusive spaces : symbolic violence in the residential system of an elite women's college, Dominique Meali'i Adams-Romena

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Defying gender : men, women, and Christ in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve deus rex judaeorum, Veronica Lynn Adler

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Efficient estimation of partially observed clustered data using multiple imputation, Kathryn Margaret Aloisio

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The role of the dopaminergic system in fatigue, Bushra Anis

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Seeing read : a one-woman show, Susanna I. Apgar

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"Whither should I fly?" : The limitations of man, magic, language and the universe in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Emily Helen Atkinson

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The effects of an estrogen receptor antagonist on the murine myoblast proteome, Annabel Gulliver Austin

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Humanity in dementia : seeing beyond agency and stigma through Heidegger, Mohini Banerjee

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Human nature in nature : David Grayson's broadening of the country book genre, Margaret Courtney Barthel