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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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The European Union Migration Crisis: The Power Struggle Between the European Union and its Member States over the Implementation of EU Policy, Paige G. Fabry
Department: Political Science

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"Ask your Doctor": A Study of Causes and Consequences of Pill Culture in the U.S., Sydney Failing
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Iron ooids in the Decorah Formation (Upper Ordovician, Sandbian), in southeastern Minnesota, Etienne V. Fang
Department: Geology

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The Economic Oracle: Do certain Macroeconomic Indicators possess predictive content for Future Real GDP and Economic Recessions?, Aniruddh Fatehpuria
Department: Business Economics

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Math Rules Everything Around Me: Ann Examination of Fractals and Their Real-World Applications, Dana Faust
Department: Mathematics

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Manuscripts Don't Burn: The Nazi Book Burnings and the International Response, Ian P. Ferguson
Department: History

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Tell Me How You Really Feel: An Analysis of How Black Literature and Pop Culture Reveals the War Between Black Men and Women, Imani A. Ferguson
Department: English

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RxLR Effectors of the Plant Pathogen Phytophthora sojae target the Proteasome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, James F. Ferritto
Department: Biology

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Intelligent Decision-Making: The Use of Intelligence in the United States’ Foreign Policy Crises, Thomas David Fitz Gibbon
Department: Political Science

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Monotonic Untangling to Solve the Unknotting Problem, Dana Foley
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Role of Labels in Valuation and Consumer Purchasing Decisions, Emily H. Foley
Department: Business Economics; Environmental Studies

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Exploration of Palladium Catalyzed Cross-Coupling for the Synthesis of an Electroluminescent Polymer Model Compound, Leandra Forte
Department: Chemistry

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“50 Years Old? Demand a Recount!”: A Re-estimation of Helton Mound 20 Adult Skeletal Remains in Relation to the Middle to Late Woodland Transition, Moeana A. Franklin
Department: Archaeology

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Assessment of Amphibian Fungal Disease in Salamanders at Wooster Memorial Park, Ohio, Julia C. Fregonara
Department: Biology

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Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Crybullies: A Rhetorical Analysis of Current Racial Protest, Anne Fried
Department: English

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The Work and Childbearing Dilemma: A Study on Labor Participation and Fertility Rates in Japan after the "Abenomics" Reform, Liam Fukushima
Department: Business Economics

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Islamic Ornamentation as a Test Case for Aesthetic Theory, Taylor Funderburk
Department: Philosophy

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"Mama Knows Best": Communicative Strategies Used by Pediatric Home Care Nurses to Negotiate Maternal Identity with the Mothers of Their Patients, Mary Gagliardi
Department: Communication

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The Relationship Between Dark Triad Scores and Drinking Behaviors, Drug Use, Sexual Activity, and Co-Curricular Involvement in College Students, Kathleen C. Gale
Department: Psychology

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Major American Cookbooks as a Window to the Past: Analysis of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Kathryn A. Gallatin-Broad
Department: History

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Food Activists or “Small Capitalists?”: The Tension between Market Forces and Social Goals at Urban Agricultural Organizations in Cleveland, OH and Detroit, MI, Grace Gamble
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Gays in Space, Emily Gammons
Department: English

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On Degree Bound for Syzygies of Polynomial Invariants, Zhao Gao
Department: Mathematics

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Mental Disorders and Illness: Ethnic Minorities' Cultural Perspectives on Professional Treatment, Drucella A. Garcia
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Paradojas de la narrativa colonial: Representaciones de la gente indígena en el arte indigenista y la obra plástica de Enriquestuardo Álvarez, Erin Gass
Department: Spanish

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Road Work Ahead! An Investigation of the Clinical Effectiveness of a Co-Worker-Implemented Hearing Loss Prevention Program in the Road Construction Industry, Hannah M. Gaul
Department: Communication

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Video Games, Starting Age, and Executive Function, Aubrey A. Gealy
Department: Psychology

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Animating the Dynamic of Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Conner Gelwicks
Department: Geology

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"Destroyer or Detroit: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Urban Revitalization and Public-Art In Detroit, Michigan Through Photographic Cartography, Aram E. Gibson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Going Congress: A Rethinking of Presidential Use of Going Public as a Legislative Strategy, Spencer S. Gilbert
Department: Political Science

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Dead Cultures, Imagined Contexts: The Ogtogmaní-khün, Emily Brett Glickman
Department: Art and Art History

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Public Opinion and Civil War Mediation, Sydney Goggins
Department: Political Science

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Scarcity and Decision Making: The Cognitive Effects Poverty has on Food Choice Behavior, Irene M. Goldsmith
Department: Psychology

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Determining the Precise Dynamics of Contagion, Alexander Goldstein
Department: Business Economics

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Chaos Dynamics in Rotation of the Small Moons of Pluto, Alexander R. Gould
Department: Computer Science; Physics

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Assessing the Effects of Recombinant AK Genes on the Growth and Development of Myxococcus xanthus, Mark A. Grady
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Household Risk Aversion: Analysis Pre and Post Financial Crisis, Jacob A. Graff
Department: Business Economics

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The Decider: Modeling Presidential Group Decisionmaking in Foreign Policy, Jackson M. Groat
Department: Political Science

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A Comparison of Basiliscus basiliscus Abundance Between Riparian Zones in Primary and Secondary Forests, Benjamin S. Grunwald
Department: Biology

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Modeling Glacier Mass Balance and Glacial Dating in Alaska, Jeffrey Gunderson
Department: Geology

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Home Is Where the School Is: An Investigation of the Experiences of Homeschooled Students Transitioning to College, Naya Simone Guthrie
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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C//, Roy Hadfield
Department: Physics

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Saint or Politician: A Gendered Analysis of Catherine Benincasa’s Letters, Jacob Hailperin-Lausch
Department: History

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Lethal and Sub-Lethal Effects of Neonicotinoid Pesticides on Bee and Fly Taxa of the North American Tallgrass Prairie, Alexander Hajek
Department: Biology

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Development of a Turbulent Fluid Flow Simulation Using the k-omega Turbulence Model, Dylan Hamilton
Department: Physics

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In Support of Black Girlhood: An Analysis of the Disproportionate Punishment of Black Girls’ Identity Inside of Schools, Shar'da Hammett
Department: Africana Studies

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Estimating the Value of Residence on the Production of Education in Undergraduate Institutions, Myo Paing Han
Department: Business Economics

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Elucidating the Mechanism of the Oxidative Decarboxylation of 6-Hydroxynicotinate by 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase (NicC) Through Kinetic Analysis, Jack H. Harrington
Department: Chemistry

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Champion, CEO, or Criminal?: A Feminist Analysis of the Language and News Frames in the New York Times Coverage of the Brock Turner and Roger Ailes Sexual Misconduct Cases, Emily N. Hatcher
Department: Communication

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A Brief Survey of the Metallic Properties of Electric Guitar Strings and Their Effects on Sound, Stephen Hause
Department: Chemistry

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear, Lucy B. Heller
Department: English

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Tin Foil Hats and Anxious Politics: The impact of Anxiety on Conspiracy Theory Endorsement, Michael J. Herman
Department: Political Science

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The Determinants of Large Bank Profitability in the United States after the 2008 Financial Crisis: A Theoretical and Empirical Study, Joshua Jeffrey Herold
Department: Business Economics

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The Impacts of Stress on Arousal, Cortisol, and Testosterone, Caroline Heyd
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Treadmill Running on ADHD-like Behaviors in Adolescent Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, Jamie Hibbs
Department: Psychology

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Novel Synthesis of Difluorene Bisintercalators via Direct Amidation Using Swellable Organically Modified Silica (SOMS) and Employment of the CAN1 Forward Mutation Assay to Assess Mutagenicity, Hannah M. Hicks
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies

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High Resolution Remote Sensing: Detection and Monitoring of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the San Francisco Bay, Annette E. Hilton
Department: Geology

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Beyond an Uncertain Future: Vietnamese Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Needs for Social Support, Khue M. Hoang
Department: Communication

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An Evaluation of the Implications of a Living Wage Policy With Considerations for Spatial Differentials: An Examination of the Northern California Metropolitan Labor Markets, Garret Hodos
Department: Economics

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Laughing Against White Supremacy: Marginalized Performance of Resistance Comedy, Caren Holmes
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Investigation of Esterification Reactions in Swellable Organically Modified Silica Towards the Synthesis of Polyethylene Terephthalate, Kirstin M. Holm
Department: Chemistry

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Inquiries into the Psychological Mechanisms of Small Money Political Donations, Ben Hopper
Department: Psychology

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Effects of venlafaxine on Meloidogyne incognita grown on Arabidopsis thaliana amino acid permease 6 mutants, Madeline Horvat
Department: Neuroscience

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Coming Home: The Unique Experiences of Former Criminals Returning to Small Towns, Zoe Hostetler
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Comparative Case Study On How Levels Of Violence In Terrorist Attacks Influence State Policy, Michael C. Houdek
Department: Political Science

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Recipes My Dad Didn't Write: Essays of Food, Memoir, and Elogy, Melody B. Howard
Department: English

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On Rationality and Morality: Three Kinds of Approaches, Emily A. Howerton
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Task and Timing Effects on Priming: Explicit Prime Evaluation Eliminates Priming Effects in the Affect Misattribution Procedure, Madi Hunt
Department: Neuroscience

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Masculinity and Damaged Selves: Football Players' Perspectives on Manhood, Yasmine Hunt-Strong
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Investigating the Potential Genetic Causes of the Marbled Phenotype in the Betta splendens, Jennifer Hurtig
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Versatile Esterification Methodology Using Swellable Organically Modified Silica (SOMS) as Nano-Ractors, Hannah K. Huston
Department: Chemistry

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"Forgiveness, Sarah, I Know You Are A Nigger of Torment": Directing Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro as Theatre for Social Change, Tashiyanah R. Hutchins
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Understanding Shakespeare’s Role In 21st Century High School Education and Curriculum Design, Nate B. Huwar
Department: Education; English

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Consent Ethics and the Harms of Rape, Cassandra L. Huye
Department: Philosophy

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Plays with Words: Understanding Visual Interpretation through Ed Ruscha's Text Works, Claire E. Ilersich
Department: Art and Art History; Philosophy

The Actualization of a Path: On Women’s Journeys through Fantastic Literature, Lily Iserson
Department: English

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Understanding Gödel's Incompleteness Proofs, Nanako Ito
Department: Mathematics

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Clear Communication: Construction and Implementation of Error-Correcting Codes, Alex P. Iudice
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Case for Home: An Analysis of a Successful Homeless Shelter in East Tennessee, Laura R. Ivy
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Hispanic/Latino Accessibility to Health Care, Arue Z. Jacobo
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Immediate Microhabitat Changes Following Buckthorn Removal on the Edge of a Minnesotan Bog, Alyson T. Jacobs
Department: Biology

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Origin and paleoecology of ferruginous oncoids ("snuff-boxes") of the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) in the Inferior Oolite Group of southern England and northern France, Cassidy D. Jester
Department: Geology

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The Science of Art- Exploring the Gum Bichromate Process- Landscape Microscopy and Geo-Photography, Cassidy D. Jester
Department: Art and Art History

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The Soul's Response to Surveillance: A Foucaldian Investigation Into the Economy of Power Created by Contemporary Surveillance Techniques and the Conditioning of the Post 9/11 Subject, Jack Johanning
Department: Political Science

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Second-growth, not second-rate: Exploring the community composition of glass frogs in old-growth and second-growth forests of Costa Rica, Linnea L. Johnson
Department: Biology

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Alternative Facts Are Not Facts: Arguments against Conceptual Relativism and for a Pragmatic Notion of Truth, Mariah Joyce
Department: Philosophy

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Self Portraits, Mariah Joyce
Department: Art and Art History

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The Housing Disaster: Consumer's Risk Perception Change After Hurricane Katrina, Brianna C. Kabdebo
Department: Business Economics

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The Drosophila melanogaster polyadenosine RNA binding protein, Nab2, is necessary for survival and neural development, in a model of intellectual disability., Michael Kahl
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Smallball: A Statistical Analysis on the 2016 SEC Baseball Season, Jacob T. Kail
Department: Mathematics

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An Attempt to Characterize the Multi-Subunit Nicotinic Acid and 6-Hydroxynicotinic Acid Dehydrogenase Complexes in the Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway of Bacillus niacini, Kathleen Irina Kalafatis
Department: Neuroscience

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A Hindu Temple in Kalamazoo: An Ethnographic Study on the Role of Temple Communities in the Preservation and Re-creation of Identity among Hindu-Americans, Brenton David Kalinowski
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Chemical Education Research Project: Helping Elementary School Teachers Inspire Their Students to Continue Learning Chemistry, Gretchen Kallmeyer
Department: Chemistry

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A Theoretical and Empirical Study on the Financial Crisis of 2008 and its Effect on a Firm’s Capital Structure, Ryan Kamada
Department: Business Economics

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The Transgenerational Effects of a Long-term Amphetamine Dosage on Behavior in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Elizabeth Kantra
Department: Biology

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Huh? What Did You Say? A Follow-Up Study of the Potential Relationship Between Alzheimer's Disease and Hearing Loss, Jenna N. Kendall
Department: Communication

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La Fiebra Telenovela: Audience Perceptions of Telenovelas and their Representation of Economic Disparity, Brenda Khor
Department: Communication

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The Effect of a His Tag on IclR Interactions with DNA and Ligands in Escherichia coli, Mara A. Kingscott
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Un vistazo al mundo de los estudiantes bilingües: Programas para fomentar el éxito académico de los estudiantes de herencia hispana en los Estados Unidos, Eleni M. Kittakis
Department: Spanish

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Can Burnout, Conservation of Resources Theory, and Basic Psychological Needs Theory predict Academic Success?, James J. Kocab
Department: Psychology