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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 2012

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Voltage sensitivity and humidity estimation for low humidity PEM fuel cells, Shelly C. Hagerman

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Voltage sensitivity and humidity estimation for low humidity PEM fuel cells, Shelly C. Hagerman

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Development of a gyro-stabilized model aircraft for atmospheric research, Elizabeth Farrell Helbling

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Brown v. Brown : the limits of logic in law and language, Theresa Sophie Helke

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More than words : the politics of classifying mass atrocities, Kaitlin Hodge

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Breaking the "jolly negro" : racist material culture and white domesticity in the era of Jim Crow, Kaitlin Cecily Hovanes

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Bioactive compounds from plants and their utility in lymphatic filariasis drug development, Saira Rehnuma Huq

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Decoding the promoter of the thioredoxin peroxidase-2 gene of Brugia malayi, Nguyen Phuong Huynh

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Fish story, Kōtarō, Isaka and Carly Greenstreet

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Effectiveness of engineered bacteriocins as target-specific antibiotics, Clare Chren Landefeld

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Elucidating the molecular basis of Pseudomonas syringae effector AvrPto activity within Nicotiana species, Sarah Evelyn Lim

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Understanding the effects of symmetry on the flexibility of macromolecular structure, Tiffany Qiyang Liu

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Exploring the expression pattern and localization of a novel protein family juv-p120 in the parasite Brugia malayi, Yisi Lu

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Martydom within the poetry of G.M. Hopkins, Julia Ann Marley

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The role of narrative development in preschool in the language and literacy development of English/Spanish dual language learners, Lillian Rose Masek

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Shadows on the "little bit ... of ivory : Jane Austen's religious and political convictions as expressed in her novels, Jessica Jo McQuillan

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A metagenomic analysis of the equine gastrointestinal tract when affected by parasitic helminths, Ivy Laurene Mead

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Dissolved organic carbon in Avery Brook, West Whately, Massachusetts, Susanna M. Michael

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Sedimentology and paleobiology of a putative cap carbonate, the Virgin Springs limestone, in the Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak formation, Death Valley, CA, Kaylyn Oates

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Bog-gling diversity : cryptic species of testate amoebae in local fens and bogs of western Massachusetts, Angela Maria Oliverio

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Representations of reality : the changing relationship between sculpture and painting in Valois Burgundy, Sophia Helen Ong

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The chromatographic separation of the diastereomers of 2,6-Dimethylcyclohexanol, a potential general anesthetic, Alexandra Elizabeth Page

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Our microbial planet : understanding microbial diversity through analyses of ciliate morphospecies, Gladys Isabel Palaguachi

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A third dimension for the Stereotype Content Model of inter-nation perceptions : adding morality to warmth and competence, Dong Joo Park

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Effect of temperature shift on motility of Escherichia coli, Shannon Corinne Pettit

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The third passport : crip identity formation and world making in Jeanette Winterson's Oranges are not the only fruit and Shyam Selvadurai's Funny boy, Allison Laura Pilatsky

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In Wonderland : a neoclassical exploration of quantum mechanics, Danielle Page Pite

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Impact of oil price shocks on the Russian stock market, Elena Plesco

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Visualizing racial identity, Rebecca Jean Rosen

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The synthesis and reactivity of a novel cationic Diels-Alder dienophile stabilized by a cobalt-complexed alkyne, Sarah Adler Rothstein

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Channeling remittances to a more productive sector for the Nepali economy, Trishagni Sakya

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From social democracy to neo-liberalism : the effect of U.S. foreign policy on Costa Rica's political development, Melissa Salazar

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Άδελφο : a comparative study of Pauline theology of salvation to Jews and Gentiles in Acts 28 and Romans 9-11, Natalie Carroll Sargent

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Contextualizing ecotourism : a history and framework for sustainable development, Emma Rose Shapiro and Ethan

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Inflation convergence in the European Union, Sonu Shrestha

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Turning Beantown into Beetown : a sociological analysis of urban apiculture in Boston, Massachusetts, Marta Anna Sicinska

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Ruthenium gallops the nicotinamide ring, Eliza Kate Spear

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Negative emotion words in trauma narratives predict PTSD symptom severity in retired police officers, Robin Brown Spencer

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Effects of natural variation in maternal care on behavioral and neuroendocrine phenotypes in rats, Emily Joy Starr-Phillips

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Testing the teratogenic effects of Deepwater Horizon crude oil and dispersants on Zebrafish embryos, Rachel Elizabeth Stein

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Using path analysis to examine mass media exposure, sociocultural views about women, and disored eating symptomatology, Ilana Sophia Teitelman

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Developing a point-of-care assay for the detection of filarial parasites in mosquitoes, Francesca Rachael Tomaino

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Mn(CO)₅R : why are the carbonyls leaning?, Amelia Catherine Valladares

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Accuracy of DNA pairing by the RecA protein : proof of concept for a RecA gene chip, Julea Michelle Vlassakis

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The history of Smith College's dual degree programs in liberal arts and engineering, Heidi Katharine Waugh

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The art market for the hottest Chinese contemporary artists : a hedonic approach, Kailin Weng

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An environmentally friendly synthetic approach : making vanillin from colored clay, Lexiaochuan Wen

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The impact of Smith College on the Hampshire County economy, Kaitlyn E. Willcoxon

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"Senseless dreams?" : the self-presentation of Nicholas II in image and word, 1904-1917, Lauren Sarah Young

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Computer modeling of the evolution of the Gilkey and Thiel Glacier Valley profiles, Juneau Icefield, Alaska, Jenna Marie Zechmann

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Social identity theory and the compatibility of self-motives in intergroup context, Jinghui Zhang

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Investigation of a molecular mechanism for anesthetic preconditioning, Alexis Marie Ziemba

Honors Projects and Theses from 2011

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Looking for a lost city : the creation of Holocaust lieux de mémoire, Laura Christina Arellano-Weddleton

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Six-nippled sheep and other eugenic oddities : exploring voices of the American eugenics movement in the Northeast from 1883 to the mid-1920s, Ceilidh Robin Auger-Day

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Characterization of the promoter of the Brugia malayi thioredoxin-peroxidase-2 protein gene, Adeola Phebean Awodele

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The formation of large garnets at Gore Mountain, New York : experimental partial melting of amphibolite and meta-gabbro, Jennifer Anne Axler

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Correlated evolution of ant seed dispersal and flowering phenology in the herbaceous flora of the temperate deciduous forest biome, Lois I. Bangiolo

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Socially aware computing and intelligent garments, Aliyah Haggar Bilal-Gore

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"She's not there" : beyond the vilifications of Norma Khouri's Honor lost, Elizabeth A. Brasington

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Defining rights : Parliamentary discourse on the Kenyan female circumcision crisis, 1929-1931, Hilary Ravdin Buxton

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Indeterminate systems, Katherine Ann Conlon

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Swells, men of the world, and gentlemen : construction of masculinities in London high society, 1850-1880, Abigail Q. Cooper

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Jet lag-induced internal desynchronization is associated with deficits in adult neurogenesis in mouse hippocampus, Kayla L. Correia

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An assessment of housing affordability in an exurban community : the case of Leverett, Massachusetts, Molly Alter Daniell

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Fra il dialetto e la lingua nazionale : il gap generazionale in Abruzzo, Christine Marie Davenport

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MicroRNA regulated gene expression in Brugia malayi, Tarja Yvanka De Soysa

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A preliminary examination of the cognitive consequences of intergroup attack : de-personalization, well-being and rejection sensitivity, Catherine Viola Dodson

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Analytics and art : visualizing Wikipedia word frequencies using image collages, Elizabeth Do

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"DNA does not lie, but its truth is often elusive" : critical discourse analysis of news reports on predictive genetic testing, Carolyn Blythe Drake

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Experimental calibration of a model used to estimate campus heating energy consumption, Darcy Elizabeth Dwyer

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Taking care : women, gay men and AIDS in New York City, 1981-1992, Lena Samora Eckert-Erdheim

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Controlling surface chemistry on nanopatterned silicon substrates : direct organic functionalization of rough surfaces, Amelia Kate Evans

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Investigating the biodiversity of amoebae from the Smith College Plant House, Anastasia Lauren Gant

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"Our Republic" : St. Enda's College, 1908-1916, Gwen Bardeen Gethner

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Assessment of GABAa receptor modulation by potential endozepines : a patch-clamp electrophysiological study, Shikha Goel

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A longitudinal study of language acquisition and literacy development in Hispanic chidren with varying degrees of bilingualism : the effects of English immersion in preschool, Markeisha Nadrian Grant

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Shapin' words : Toomer, Faulkner, Eliot and modernist poetics, Sarah Ayres Green

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Fez : heritage and identity in the spaces and places of Fās, Morocco, Ariel Sydney Gregory

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Genres of spirit : tragedy, comedy and aristocracy in Isak Dinesen's "Sorrow-acre" and "Copenhagen season", Catharina Elise Gress-Wright

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City living, healthy living? : the relationship between density and health in U.S. counties and cities, Ella Nicole Hartenian

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An analysis of New York energy policy targeting renewable energy and energy conservation, Lindsay Killian Holle

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Activities of daily living scale in hoarding disorder, Veselina Gencheva Hristova

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Wake, Cassandra Rose Jensen

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Material constraints, symbolic violence, and navigating the sorting mechanism : a qualitative study of community college students, Colleen Amber Johnston

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Determinants of entrepreneurship in developed and developing countries, Shorena Kalandarishvili

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The courage to be confused : negative capability in Keats's sonnets, Megan Rose Kearney

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Self-stereotyping in educational environments : the effects of academic labeling and group entitativity on student achievement, Danielle Jaeyoung Kim

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Insights into the origin of the South Fork fault detachment, Wyoming, using calcite strain analysis, Katherine Ann Kravitz

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Reminisching with rhymes : (re)imagining (r)evolution within Asian America through arts and activism and Dividing lines, a play, Judy J. Lei

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L'Héroïne colettienne : une image des paradoxes de la condition féminine pendant la Belle époque, Alexandra Paige Lewis

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Exploring the nuclear dynamics of Arcella hemisphaerica and the features of its bacterial endosymbionts, Jian Hua Lin

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Inner-party reform in China : a harbinger of democracy?, Hanzhang Liu

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Fixing gaps in protein data using inverse kinematics, Yang Li

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Circadian rhythms and coupling in hepatocytes, Martha E. Luitje

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Characterization of trace metal concentrations and mining legacy in soils, Boulder County, Colorado, Ellen Marcia Maley

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"Citizen, my mother is the Republic" : ideologies of terror, gender and heroism in Charles Dicken's A tale of two cities and Victor Hugo's Quatrevingt-treize, Elyse Jade Martin

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Making sense of environmental enrichment : the behavioral responses of captive African cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) to ecologically relevant scents, Lily Thane Maynard

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Legitimacy in transitional justice : a comparative look at transitional justice processes in South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, and East Timor, Amelia Hawkins Mitchell

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A shape to fill a lack : absence, gender and the American South in three novels by William Faulkner, 1929-1931, Esther Maria Mobley

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"Wild abandon" : rural lesbian histories in Wyoming and Montana, 1960-1998, Katherine Luann Morris