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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Germany and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Complexities of National Identity and the Handling of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Megan Koeneman
Department: Global and International Studies; History

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Lithologic and Well Log Analysis of a Four Well Case Study, in Morrow County, Ohio, Kevin M. Komara
Department: Geology

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Collective Memory of the American Civil War in Kentucky Historical Romances, 1890-1915, Jacob D. Kowall
Department: English; History

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"The Perfect Life is Just to Balance:" Ayurveda as a Growing Cultural, Social, and Medical Movement in the United States, Nell Krahnke
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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China’s Oil Market Facelift: Examining the Impacts and Implications of China’s Efforts to Liberalize its Oil Market, Kate E. Kremling
Department: East Asian Studies; Economics

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The Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model and a Test for Efficiency in the Underlying Stock Market, Sanjana Kumbhani
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Mediating Religious Tensions in France: An Examination of Discriminatory Laïc Policies in the 21st Century, Theadora E. Kwan
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Religious Studies

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Minor League Baseball Ownership Structure: An Analysis of the Use of Vertical Integration by Major League Baseball Teams, James E. Lackner
Department: Business Economics

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Bidder’s Behavior Model and Seller Revenue in eBay’s Buy It Now option, Gina Trang Lam
Department: Mathematics

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Barriers to Going Green: Overcoming Resistance to Sustainable Interior Design, Averi Lassiter
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Need for a New Style of Assessment in Introductory Chemistry Courses, Christopher LeCompte
Department: Chemistry

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Regression Analysis: Understanding Rather than Assuming, Jonathan A. Ledesma Chavez
Department: Mathematics

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To reflect, or not to reflect, that is the question: an examination of the impact of personality traits on political leaders' responsiveness to political culture, Narae Lee
Department: Political Science

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In Housewives We Trust: A Look at the Influence on the Gendered Advertisements and Promotion of Food Measures During World War II in the United States, Memphis Leichter
Department: History

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Nationalism, Scepticism, and the European Project, Warren Lewis
Department: Political Science

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The Effects of Adolescent Bullying on Adult Mental Health, Stephenie N. Little
Department: Psychology

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Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Pedagogy, Eli Looper
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects Of An Overexpressed Dominant Negative Serine-Threonine Kinase, Lkb1K174M, On Lifespan Of Drosophila Melanogaster, Carolina Luchini
Department: Neuroscience

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Friend or Foe?: A Study of Terrorist Group Behavior Towards Local Civilian Populations, Daniel Ludin
Department: Political Science

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Examining the Role of the Public Health Community During the Ebola and Zika Epidemic in the U.S., Samantha Lunsford
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Good Grief: An Examination in Grief through the Works of Seneca the Younger and Edgar Allen Poe, Bruce Lutz
Department: Classical Studies; Comparative Literature

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Revolting Against Racism in Urban America: Questioning the Ethical and Political Concerns of Violent Urban Protest, Daniel J. Lynch
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Effects of Neonatal Fluoxetine Exposure Through Lactational Transfer on Long-Term Spatial and Object Recognition Memory in Adulthood in Sprague-Dawley Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Elsa Maggiolino
Department: Biology

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Evolving Monkeys into Sharks: an Analysis of Daily Fantasy Football Strategies, Conor R. Maley
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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All Hands on Deck: The Role of Ship Burial Reentry in the Maintenance and Construction of Narrative in the Vendel and Viking Periods, Gina Malfatti
Department: Archaeology

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#Politics: An Evaluation of Political Expression and Efficacy of Twitter Users During the 2016 General Election, Anthony G. Malky
Department: Political Science

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Come then, and Take the Last Warmth of My Lips: An Exploration of Early Twentieth Century Lesbianism in U.S. Theatre, Mary E. Manack and Mary E. Manack
Department: Theatre and Dance

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On the Creation of a Lab Sized Hydrodynamic Event Horizon Analogue, Marc E. Manheim
Department: Physics

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The Relationship Between Order, Grit, Academic Efficacy, and the Academic Success of College Student-Athletes, Riley Markko
Department: Neuroscience

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An Experimental Analysis of Invasive Plant Effects on Salamander Abundance, Blake E. Marlowe
Department: Biology

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Rethinking Recovery: Women’s Experiences of Self-Efficacy in Court-Sanctioned Chemical Dependency Treatment, Sarah Onyx E. Marosi
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Reforming the Victorian Woman: Femininity and Fashion in Victorian America 1850-1900, Dora Mase
Department: History

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Keeping Your Head in the Game: Examining Cognitive Recovery from the Effects of Physical and Mental Fatigue in Athletes, Zachary H. Mastrich
Department: Psychology

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A Meaningful Time: Recasting the Growing Block in Terms of Content, Garo Matossian
Department: Philosophy

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"Great Spirits of All Who Lived Before": Exploring the Original Peopling of the Americas through the Examination of Paleoindian Skeletal Remains, Hannah E. Matulek
Department: Archaeology

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It’s About Time: Examining Time Awareness Deficits Among Elementary School-Aged Children with Language Impairments, and the Intervention Strategies Used to Treat Them, Theresa Mayhew
Department: Communication

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Elysium: A Novel, Bridgette L. McBride
Department: English

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The Role of Community Engagement in Influencing Neighborhood Stability: A Comparative Case Study of Four Chicago Neighborhoods, Gabriel McCarthy
Department: Urban Studies

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The Rubik's Cube: A Look into Group Theory, Tori L. McCoy
Department: Mathematics

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Does Arnica Really Work? A Comparative Study Between Western Medicine (Corticosterone) and Homeopathic Remedies, Cole L. McDonough
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Male-Produced Adipokinetic Hormone I on the Fertility of Female Aedes aegypti, Anna L. McGlade
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Western tropical Atlantic hydrology changes during abrupt climate events in the last glacial interval, Sarah M. McGrath
Department: Geology

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An Investigation of Potential Genes that May Cause Varying Blue Phenotypes in Betta Splendens, Thomas G. McGrath
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Government-Provided Education Benefits on Enlistment and Reenlistment in the U.S. Military during the Global War on Terror, Kimberly L. McKee
Department: Economics

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To Protect and Serve: Homicide Rates and Policing Policies in Central America, Michaela J. McNaughton
Department: International Relations

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Investigation of the Heck Reaction for the Synthesis of a Model Light-Emitting Copolymer, Angelo J. Melari
Department: Chemistry

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The Effects of Income on American MTURK Workers Consumer Styles Inventory Orientations, Andrew R. Merriam
Department: Psychology

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Substrate Specificity of Horseradish Peroxidase for the Oxidation of Pharmaceutical Compounds, Lance Metsger
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry

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Impact of Hormone Replacement Therapy on Basal Forebrain Driven Tasks and Choline Acetyltransferase Expression in a Rodent Multiparous and Nulliparous Menopause Model, Megan E. Mey
Department: Neuroscience

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Oh, Snap! The Uses & Gratifications College Students Recieve From Snapchat, Ariel Miller
Department: Communication

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Making Moves: The Study of Evolving Development Coalitions in Cleveland, Ohio and Their Impact on the Nature of Economic Development Projects Built Over Time, Grant R. Miller
Department: Urban Studies

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Failed Promises: A Comparative Case Study on President Obama and Guantanamo Bay, Jessica Miller
Department: Political Science

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Graduates or Convicts: The School to Prison Pipeline and the Criminalization of Youth. A Statistical Analysis of Policies and Biases that Impact Mass Incarceration in the United States, 2012., Noah G. Miller
Department: Political Science

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Competitive Victimhood in an Academic Setting, Eli Millette
Department: Psychology

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Consumer Behavior in the Digital Music Market using Behavioral Game Theory, Max Mindlin
Department: Mathematics

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The Effects of Negative Emotion on Source Recognition During Memory Retrieval, Greta Minor
Department: Neuroscience

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One Site, Multiple Histories: A Study of the Numerous Phases of Habitation at Fort Caswell, North Carolina, Sophie M. Minor
Department: Archaeology

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Investigation of Antidepressant Load Reduction Following Tertiary Wastewater Disinfection Treatment, Rachel A. Mole
Department: Chemistry

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Stumbling Through Arcadia: A Collection of Personal Essays, Abigail R. Moller
Department: English

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Interconnection of All: Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Teachings on Unity, Aziza Moore
Department: Religious Studies

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Reinforcement Learning in Card Games: No Thanks!, Robin M. Morillo
Department: Mathematics

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The Effects of Slope upon Propagation Speed and Pattern Formation in Forest Fires, Robin M.P. Morillo
Department: Physics

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The Impact of the Tax Rate on Foreign Direct Investment in High Income Versus Low Income Countries, Allison Munson
Department: Business Economics

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Contemporary Autobiographical Fiction and its Approach to the Problem of Authenticity in Literature, John G. Murphree
Department: English

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The Quest: An Analysis of Betty Jean Lifton's Adoption Narrative and Connections to the Adoption Rights Movement, Alexis E. Musselman
Department: Communication; History

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex Positivity and Message Framing Among Young Women, Sophie Nathanson
Department: Psychology

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Gods of War: The Impact of Religion on the Human Cost of Civil Wars, Eric Nolin
Department: International Relations

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Efficacy of Pseudomonads as Biological Control Agents against Agrobacterium rhizogenes and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Mayama Nyajro
Department: Biology

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An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' Prevention Methods with Preschoolers From Low-Socioeconomic Status Families During the Process of Emergent Literacy, Kayla O'Connor
Department: Communication

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Locked up by Language: An Investigation on Speech-Language Pathologists's Perceptions of Factors that Influence Services in Public-School Settings and Juvenile Detention Centers, Kerry O'Connor
Department: Communication

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Its All in the Family: A Case Study Analysis of Northern European Transatlantic Migration and the Creation of Life in America, Christine L. O'Grady
Department: History

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The Efficacy of Regional Organizations to Mediate Durable Peace: A Comparative Case Study of Liberia and Sierra Leone, Parker Ohlmann
Department: Political Science

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Philosophies of Faith and the Megachurch Phenomenon: A Personal and Academic Encounter with Kierkegaard, Royce, and a Changing Faith, Peter M. Olson
Department: English; Philosophy

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A Machine Learning Approach To Understanding Against Party-Line Voting in Congress, John W. O'Neill
Department: Computer Science; Political Science

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“Title IX … It’s All That, But It’s Not”: An Anthropological Perspective on Black Women in Sport, Dyese N. Osaze
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Incoherent Broadband Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy: Improving Sensitivity while Studying Solvent Effects in Benzene, Ryan W. Ostendorf
Department: Chemistry

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An Analysis of the Erosion at Wooster Memorial Park near Wooster, Ohio, Sharron Osterman
Department: Geology

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Child Maltreatment, Cortisol, and Neurodevelopment: How Home-Life and Cortisol Affect Mental Health, Jessica D. Packard
Department: Neuroscience

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Assessing the Impact of Universities on Innovation and Economic Growth in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, Michael Pappalardo
Department: Urban Studies

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It's an Ant's Life: A Moral and Political Account of the Valuable and Meaningful Life, Isaac Parker
Department: Philosophy

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The Mentality of Strength: A Study on the Effects of Grit, Self-Control, and Conscientiousness on Rate of Progress in Powerlifting, Robert L. Park
Department: Psychology

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An Investigation of Debt Financing in Industrial Firms Pre-Post the Financial Crisis: A Theoretical and Empirical Study, Matthew Parmelee
Department: Business Economics

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The Art of Function: An Exploration in Reclaimed Furniture Design, Abbey E. Partika
Department: Art and Art History

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Measuring the Effects of Early Life Stress, Adulthood Chronic Stress, and Allopregnanolone on Spatial Learning and Memory in Female Sprague-Dawley Rats, Jessica C. Partyka
Department: Neuroscience

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Rebuilding a Community: A Consideration of the Syncretic Healing Practices and the Symbols the Healers Manipulate, Emily M. Patterson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Spatial Stories: Navigating Caverns, Cities, and Highways, Ransom Patterson
Department: English

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Self, Identity, and Stigma: An Examination of the Chronically Ill Athlete, Kennedy C. Payne
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Senior Independent Study in Music Composition: An Exploration of Loss, Victoria E. Peacock
Department: Music

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The Efficacy of Osorb® as a Catalyst Replacement for Friedel-Crafts Acylation, Alex Pearson
Department: Chemistry

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When it Rains it Pours: A Comparative Case Study of the Relationship between Climate Variability and State Security in the West African Sahel, Aleksi M. Pelkonen
Department: International Relations

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PTSD in VR: Building Empathy for Survivors of Sexual Assault Through Virtual Reality Video Game Playing, Alexandra Pereyra
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Culture for Culture’s Sake: The Politics and Economics of the UNESCO World Heritage Brand on Tourism, Cara N. Peterson
Department: Global and International Studies

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Effects of Mental Contrasting and Implementation Intentions on Life Skills Performance in the Context of Poverty, Phuong Nhu Pham
Department: Psychology

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Nightfall, Quan Phan
Department: Music

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Are Virtual Things Real? An an investigation into the nature of virtual reality, Zachary Phillips-Gary
Department: Computer Science; Philosophy

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Help! My Technology has a Personality and I Don't Like It: Examining Undergraduate Students' Comfort Levels on Building Interpersonal Relationships with, and the Development of, Emerging Technologies, Jesse D. Phillips
Department: Communication

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Effects of Diet and Exercise on Stress Tolerance and Cognitive Processes involved with Mental Health, Ashley M. Pogue
Department: Neuroscience

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The Scopes Trial of 1925, the American Press, and Multiple Public Spheres, Connor James Polak
Department: History

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"Orange Is the New Black": The Skin-Tanning Phenomenon and Its Influence on Perceptions of Race, Class, and Gender, Madeleine Polovick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effect of Matrix Composition on the Photodegradation of Acetaminophen, Jake W. Polster
Department: Chemistry