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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 2014

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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

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"I challenge anyone to take from me the independent life that I have given myself in the centuries and in the skies" : remembering and misremembering Louis Antoine Saint-Just, Chelsea Ann Bartholomew

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Analysis of environmental damage to aircraft aluminum, Taylor Marie Beall

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The ladies of Gilbert and Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne Biddle

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Experimental investigation of garnet nucleation from chlorite + quartz mixtures at 8kbar pressure, Samantha Elizabeth Blanchett

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"Every affectionate thought" : Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, and the classical Hollywood scandal machine, Sonia Bessie Brand-Fisher

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Discarded color, Naya Anne Bricher

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"I'm a farmer too" : valuing women farmers in the Pioneer Valley, Sabrina Lynn Camboulives

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Visual music : training students to see tones and hear colors to enhance music education, Marisa Laura Cheng

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Language, inhibitory control and belief reasoning : a longitudinal study, Meng Chen

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Acquisition of passives in Mandarin-speaking children, Cindy Chiang

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2D-NMR spectroscopy of mutagenic DNA duplexes, Danielle Anne Chichester

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Dummett's Wittgensteinean intuitionism, Ana Chkhikvadze

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Modulation of GABAA receptor currents by stereoisomers of the novel anesthetic compounds : ǂb2, 6-dimethylcyclohexanol and 2, 6-diisopropylcyclohexanol, Luvana Chowdhury

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"I was wondering what would break first" : violence of the post-9/11 superhero film, Kelsey Jane Cummings

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The chelate effect : is it all entropy?, Lisa Stephanie Cunden

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A DfX guide for engineering capstone students, Phoebe M. DeGroot

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Consumer interface for real-time electrical demand, Geneviève May de Mijolla

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"Holding a piece of the earth" : gendered space, field hockey embodiment and the politics of getting low, Sophia Demuynck

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Adaptability of salt marsh restoration to sea level rise at Barros Bog, Sanita Dhaubanjar

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Il nemico è l'ignoranza : poetics and politics in Ezra Pound's anthologies of the 1930s, Caroline Benson Evans

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China's Xinjiang problem in Muslim diplomacy : is Islamization at fault?, Faizaa Fatima

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When the "brown plague" showed up at the party : law and order in St. Pauli under the Nazi regime, Tosca Leonora Fischer

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Cesare Pavese : dal confino al confine, Emilia Gambardella

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On our backs with a bad attitude : a history of the first lesbian sex magazines, Kayla G. Ginsburg

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Effects of elevated pCO2 on the calcification and morphological characteristics of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi : implications of ocean acidification, Christina L. Goethel

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Exploring microbial biodiversity and ecology : testate amoebae in Hawley Bog, Adelaide Marie Gordon

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We are all mindreaders : a study of children's ability to predict other people's emotions, Ellen Rose Harrington

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The temporal genetic variation of the ciliate morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata, Carmen Marie Hernandez

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand reaction strategy for the synthesis of tetracycles, Elsa Hinds

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Rural electrification in South Africa - design challenges, considerations and choices, Jennifer Holliday

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Could I be Miss America? : an Asian American's experience with the Miss America organization, Xiaojia Hua

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A mixed memory : Mexican American studies in the borderlands, Gerilyn Anne Hubbe

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Design of a portable data acquisition system to measure sound exposure from MP3 headphones, Huimin Ji

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Spatial characterization of sulfate reducing bacteria in the Avery Brook beaver ponds, Rachel Anne Kaminsky

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Five-coordinate intermediates : why carbon will not behave, Sarah Frances Kay

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The role of circadian rhythms in fatigue, Gloria Kim

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The role of Orexin on animal fatigue model with Interleukin 1β, Hyunji Kim

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DNA catalyst conjugates (DCats) for site-selective chemical transformations in complex environments, Jiyeon Kim

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Women's voices : a choral setting of Charlotte Brontë's "Life", Dayton Kinney Kinney

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Hindsight bias magnifies escalation of commitment, Shuyao Kong

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²³Na- and ³⁹K-NMR studies of monensin- and valinomycin-mediated ion transport through liposomal membranes, Colby Rachel Loew

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Design and analysis of hybrid power system options for off grid rural electrification in northern Kenya, June Midecha Lukuyu

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Geochemical evidence for the origin of mineralogical rinds surrounding garnet-amphibolite blocks in a subduction zone mélange, Catalina Island, California, Lauren Jeanne Magliozzi

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A network model for auditory-system changes to increases in intracranial pressure, Mary Clark McGrath

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Stormwater harvesting recommendations, Rajiha Mehdi

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De-constructing construction : role of environmental standards in the building sector, Anna Carr Mokros

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The role of romantic comedies in the cognitive processes of female self-perception, Emily Jane Morris

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Exploring the neurotoxic effects of isoflurane on the cytoskeleton of developing murine neurons, Belinda Juliana Nhundu

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Discarding behavior and habituation of distress in hoarding disorder, Clarissa Wei Ong

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Using targeted proteomics to examine desmin regulation during C2C12 myogenesis, Aunaly Palmer

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Design of an algorithm to track targets using bistatic radar data, Alina Paige Pechacek

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Prenatal genetic testing : the moral impacts on parental autonomy, Yaesshna Thaynambaal Pillay

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A platform of pillars : the stelae at Uxmal, Mexico, Catherine Hariton Popovici

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Recovered memory : the making of profit, place, and person at Sierra Tucson rehab facility, Lisbet Hope Portman

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Theoretical orientations : intersectionality, Anne Michelle Re

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Postvernacular Yiddish : a case study of the Yiddish Book Center, Carole Chloe Renard

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"I mbáidín teangan" : Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Irish folklore in translation, Lisa Michelle Saladin

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Exploring inconsistencies between perfectionism, athletics, and disordered eating, Victoria Elizabeth Santarsiero

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Constraining the record of neoproterozoic life : new insights from cryogenian strata (~850 to 635 Ma) of northern Namibia, Maggie Anne Sawdy

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Performative looking methodology : queering identity politics from a Black cultural studies perspective, Ollie James Schwartz

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Exploring the promoter of Brugia malayi thioredoxin peroxidase-2 gene, Iju Shakya

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The impact of teacher depression on the quality of the teacher-child relationship and children's behavioral outcomes in PreK and kindergarten, Alyssa Leigh Shaw

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Synthesis and purification of 2,6-dimethylcyclohexanol for application as a general anesthetic, Kelly Aiken Smith

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Investigation of the thermodynamic stability of the diastereomeric spiroiminodihydantoin lesion, Elizabeth A. Stewart

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Innovation within tradition : halachic egalitarianism and the role of independent minyanim, Katy Lora Swartz

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Assessment of the predictive and concurrent validity of the bilingual English Spanish oral screener, Joselina Tejada

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ERP measures of sensitivity to social comparison feedback, Thanh-Giang Jennifer Tran

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A biogeographic comparison of cuticle thickness, claw resistance to breakage, and genetic variation in the invasive European green crab Carcinus maenas, Sarah Jeanne Tucker

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Learning queer knowledge : a study of lesbian community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jennifer Bucchianeri Wachowski

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Paleoecology of post-extinction fossil assemblages of the lower Triassic virgin limestone member in the Muddy Mountains, Southern Nevada : new insights into silicification of recovery faunas, Sophie Westacott

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"I don't want to be the victim no more" : a lesbian history of South Bend, Indiana 1974-present, Elizabeth Anne Williams