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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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A Cause for Freedom: Analyzing and Digitizing the Lane Theological Seminary Records for a Modern Audience, Madeline E. Smith
Department: History

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A Computational Simulation of Belousov-Zhabotinsky Wave Behavior around Obstacles, Nathaniel J. Smith
Department: Physics

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She Can Brew It Ale By Herself: Women in the Male Dominated Craft Beer Industry, Cameron S. Smythe
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Impacts of Minimum Wage Increases on Productivity and Unemployment Rates, Jacob Sparks
Department: Economics

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Taking a Stand by Taking A Knee: How NFL Players and a NFLPA Executive Used Twitter to Defend Kaepernick's Protest, Scot Stacho
Department: Communication

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Racial Stereotypes Influence Dialect Comprehension: an Event-Related Potential Study, Maurryce Starks
Department: Neuroscience

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Inclusion (Terms and Conditions Apply): Perceptions of Exclusion in the LGBTQ+ Community, Aaron J. Sterling
Department: Psychology

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Get Your Head in the Game: The Effect of Mindsets on Athletic Performance and Persistence, Ari Stern
Department: Psychology

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Crime Around the World: Using Mathematical Modeling Techniques to Model Aggregated Worldwide Crime Rates, Kelly M. Steurer
Department: Mathematics

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Food for Thought: The Effects of Past and Present Food Insecurity on Subjective Well-Being and Child Behavior, Jena C. Styka
Department: Psychology

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Does a Choice of the Investment Bank Matter in the IPO Process?, Vilius Sulnis
Department: Business Economics

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Fire in the Hole: The United Mine Workers of America and Their Struggle Against the State and Mine Operators in Gaining Comprehensive Health and Safety Regulations, William Swales
Department: History

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Logic -> Proof -> REST, Maxwell Taylor
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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An Investigation into the Lambert-Beer Law in Incoherent Broad-Band Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy, Zane R. Thornburg
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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Detrás de las cortinas: Un análisis de los efectos del colorismo a través de las artes, Scarlett Thorpe
Department: Spanish

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SOMETHING FISHY: A Comprehensive Analysis of Terror Plots subject to Binomial and Poisson Distributions, Sabrina S. Tobe
Department: Mathematics

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Toward a Metagraphic Theory: Examining the Reflexive Graphic Novels of Daniel Clowes, Harry Todd
Department: English

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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on State Health Insurance Markets, Drew B. Tornow
Department: Business Economics

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Does Insurance Impact Happiness? An Analysis of Crop Micro-Insurance Structures' Impact on the Well Being of Farmers within Developing Economies: A Sri-Lankan Study Using a Utility Framework & Linear Algebra Perspective, Giorgio Tramonto
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Phenotypic Analysis of a Novel LncRNA (Na2) Expression on Arabidopsis thaliana Salinity Stress Response, Trang M. Trinh
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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No Church in the Wild: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of Civilian-Perpetrated Sexual Violence during the 2002 Religious Riots in Gujarat, India, Vrinda S. Trivedi
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Role of Pollinator Preference on the Maintenance of Pollen Color Polymorphisms in the American Bellflower, Campanula americana, Elizabeth Tuan
Department: Biology

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The Reinterpretation and Transformation of the American Liberal Arts Model in the Indian Context, Nikhil Tummalapalli
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Battle Cry of Freedom: An Exploration of Songs That Consider the Impact of War on Soldiers and Society, Matthew Turell
Department: Music

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Hepatitis E Virus: Elucidating the Role of Open Reading Frame 4 (ORF 4) on Enhanced Morbidity and Mortality During Pregnancy, Randall K. Turner II
Department: Biology

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Revelations: A Collection of Short Stories, Channler Twyman
Department: English

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The Millennial Crisis of Major League Baseball, James Usher
Department: Communication

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Affordable Care Act: Is it Enough?, Manogjna Vaddiraju
Department: Economics; Philosophy

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Studying Universality with Physics Engines: Accelerating Granular Flow on GPUs with OpenCL & CUDA, Avi Vajpeyi
Department: Physics; Computer Science

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Inclusion of Blocking Power for a Complete Voting Power Analysis in the IMF, Shiwani Varal
Department: Mathematics; Political Science

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Trade Winds: A Study of Roman Ceramic Trade in the Balearic Islands, Abigail Varlan
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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A Bear that Close: Stories Involving Guiding Others into the Wilderness, Carl Vaughan
Department: English

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Tuned In: An Investigation of the Use of Group Amplification Systems for Students, Including Those on the Autism Spectrum, in First Grade Mainstream Classrooms, Emily Velichka
Department: Communication

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An Investigation of the Fascistic Tendencies Within the Israeli Radical Right, Arieh N. Venick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Foreign Aid in the Face of Corruption: An Estimation of the Impact on Health Indicators and Poverty in Developing Countries, Jessica Verghese
Department: Business Economics

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McKinley, Eisenhower and Bush: The Importance of Military Experience in Presidential Nominations and Elections, Benjamin N. Vesper
Department: History; Political Science

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Field Notes, Joseph Vickers
Department: English

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Attitudes of College Students and Teachers on the School Inclusion of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Minerva Vidaurrazaga Serrano
Department: Psychology

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Living Well or Living Better? How a Failure to Implement Changes to Ecuadorian Environmental Policy Hindered the Treatment of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Community, Sarah Vonck
Department: Global and International Studies; Spanish

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Vertically or Horizontally Running?: A Study of The Organization of Firms in The Fashion Industry Using Transaction Costs Theory, Phuong Thao Vu
Department: Business Economics

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Cosmopolitan Love: Contextualizing and Reimagining Race in America, Vy Vu
Department: Art and Art History; English

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The Lord's Place in Government: The Role of Religious Institutions in Government, Morgan Wagers
Department: Political Science

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Dancing Our Way to the Cosmos: A Study in How Extraterrestrial Travel Will Change The Mechanics of Dance, Justine Walker
Department: Physics; Theatre and Dance

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The Lady or the Tramp: An Analysis of the Public and Private Gendered Representation of Countess Constance Markievicz, Natalie Walsh
Department: History

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Loving Him was Red Riding Hood: Using Freudian Analysis to Discuss Sexuality and Gender Expectations in Modern Adaptations of "Little Red Riding Hood", Elise Waltzer
Department: English

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Observing N400 Amplitude Differences in the Bilingual Brain through Semantic Processing of Negative and Neutral Words, Elise Waltzer
Department: Psychology

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Development of a Modified 2-Picolyl Appended Triazolylidene-Ruthenium Complex for Examination of Hydrogen Bonding Effects in the Secondary Coordination Sphere for Direct Amidation Catalysis, Clark Wang
Department: Chemistry

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An Investigation of Heterogeneity in Immigrant Groups: Do Refugees Experience Less Desirable Labor Market Outcomes Compared to Economic Immigrants?, Guanrong Wang
Department: Economics

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Nature-Based Sounds Impact on Autonomic Nervous System Response to Stress in a Virtual World, Justin J. Warner
Department: Neuroscience

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Progress from the Grassroots: Enacting Redistributive Policies in Urban Localities, Oliver S. Warren
Department: Political Science

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See What I Can Be! Descriptive Representation and Its Effect On Female Students' Sense of Belonging, Chloe R. Wasserman
Department: Political Science

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Aliminal: An Album presented by Kevante Weakley, Kevante D. Weakley
Department: English

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Sociocultural Perspectives on Adaptability of Dogs at Shelters, Jacob Weindling
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Studs Terkel: Bard, Entertainer, or Historian?, Ian D. Weissman
Department: History

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Darstellungen der nationalsozialistischen Vergangenheit in Literatur und Film nach der Wiedervereinigung und ihr Einfluss auf die heutige gesellschaftliche Erinnerung, Sophia Weiss
Department: German Studies

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Raindrops, Benchtops: Method Development for the Detection of Metolachlor in Precipitation, Arielle Welch
Department: Chemistry

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Attachment Style and Romantic Satisfaction as Predictors of Relationship Visibility on Facebook, Amanda I. Wells
Department: Psychology

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Reconstructing the Cretaceous Paleoenvironmental and Paleoecological Setting of Salina Canyon Using Paleosols, Sevier County, Utah, U.S.A., Emmett Werthmann
Department: Geology

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Monitoring Protein Interactions between Ribonucleotide Reductase and Thioredoxin in Yeast Lacking Key Peroxiredoxins, Nicole West
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Float Like a Bellflower, See Like a Bee: An Experimental Analysis of the Visual Acuity and Pollen Color Preference in Bombus Impatien, Jack Whalen
Department: Biology

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Seen: A Photo Collection of Queer Markers, Evan White
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"I'd Rather Be a Tomboy Than a Sissy": Gender Variance in Children's Literature Civil Rights Era - Present, Jennifer Whitehall
Department: English

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Gateway to Discrimination: An Analysis of Race and Class Issues Embedded in Cleveland’s Gateway Project, Hannah R. White
Department: History

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Watching Paint Dry: The Solvation and Separation of Paints Containing Carmine Lake Pigment, Samantha Wigley
Department: Chemistry

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Rules of Engagement: Ethical Considerations in Artistic Evaluation, Nicklaus Wilcher
Department: Philosophy

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Trade And Production of Steatite Vessels in New England, Daniel Wilcox
Department: Archaeology

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Conserving Land, Restoring People: The Promise of New Deal Environmental Policy, Ann Wilkinson
Department: History

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The Phoenix Among the Feathers: A Creative Memoir Analysis, Felicia Michelle Williams
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"If I Didn't Define for Myself, I Would be Crunched into Other People's Fantasies of Me and Eaten Alive." An Exploration of how Angela Davis, Nina Simone, and Audre Lorde Influenced the Notion of Self-Definition During the Black Power Era, Grace Williams
Department: History

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Money Made Me Do It: A Comparative Case Study Examining the Connection Between The Presence of Extractive MNC’s and Corruption in Developing Countries., Spencer Williams
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Type 1 Diabetes on Inhibition, Shifting, and Psychomotor Efficiency, Kate Witt
Department: Neuroscience

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Retirement Saving and Health Spending Accounts, Ryan E. Wobbe
Department: Economics

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Methods Development for the Characterization of Carbonyl Compounds in Rainwater and the Evaluation of Their Multiphase Reactions to Form Brown Carbon, Kevin A. Wokosin
Department: Chemistry

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"Axing" Questions About Gender: Media Representations of Lizzie Borden, Abigail Woltman
Department: History

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Power, Profit, and Political Participation: How Neoliberal Rationality Limits Citizen Influence in a Democracy, Emma Woods
Department: Political Science

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Currency or New Asset Class? An Introduction to the Bitcoin Economy and an Empirical Analysis of Bitcoin Price Determinants, Spencer B. Wood
Department: Business Economics

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Follow My Lead: An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' Perceptions Regarding the Utilization of Peer-Mediated Intervention to Increase Communicative Competence of Children Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Anna K. Woos
Department: Communication

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Appropriation of Nature Under Capitalism: An Examination of Environmental Degradation in Western Societies Through Social Theory and Environmental Ethics, Kimberly Wooster
Department: Interdepartmental

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Faking Fancy: An Analysis of Racialized Perception of Cultural Appropriation by Iggy Azalea, Pharon R. Wright
Department: Communication

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Urban Surface Material Mapping Using Very High Resolution Hyperspectral Imagery and Thermal Imagery, Feiyi Wu
Department: Geology

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On Hausdorff Dimension and Julia Sets, Ruifeng Xu
Department: Mathematics

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Capitalism and Socialism: A Dialectical and Philosophical Inquiry, Steve Xu
Department: Philosophy

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Understanding the Opportunity Structure and Sustainable Development Strategies for Nongovernmental Organizations in China, Yichu Xu
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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From Retribution to Restoration: An Analysis of Restorative Justice as a Policy Reform Effort to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline in New York City Public Schools, Leigh T. Yartz
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of Music and Maternal Separation on Anxiety and BDNF Levels in Rats, Selina M. Yossef
Department: Biology

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Drowning on Dry Land: Landscapes of Depression and Suicide in the Literature of William Styron, Lindsey Beth Zelvin
Department: English

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Assessing Phenotypic and Genetic Variation in Populations of the Hummingbird-Pollinated, Desert Perennial, Erythrina flabelliformis, Megan Zerrer
Department: Biology

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Artificial Intelligence with Reinforcement Learning in First Person Shooter Games, Zhirui Zhang
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Progress Towards the Diastereoselective Synthesis of a Single Diastereomer Dipeptide Analog in the Ugi Reaction via the Use of Chiral N-acylhydrazone Auxiliaries, Xingrong Zhu
Department: Chemistry

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Is Social Media the Key to College Success? A Study About the Influence of Social Media on International Students' Adaptation Processes, Michelle Zuniga Lopez
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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A Study of Rising Gentrification and Resisting Displacement in Two Gay Neighborhoods in America: Chelsea, New York City and The Castro, San Francisco, Saralyn R. Abrams
Department: Urban Studies

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Stepping into Psychosis: An Examination of the Ethics of Embodying Madness Onstage, Marisa Adame
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The Modulatory Influence of Interventions on Empathic Neural Responses to Pain for Christian and Muslim Faces, Makenzie Adkins
Department: Psychology

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Skilled Emigration, Return, and Human Capital Formation: A Game Theoretic Approach, Ruben Aguero Quinteros
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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The Social Critic of Metal: A Rhetorical Analysis of Disturbed’s Lyrics on Social Issues, Johnston E. Allinder
Department: Communication

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Women Marine from World War I to the Vietnam War, Cristina Ancog
Department: History

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Governing the Fifth Domain: Examining Approached to Internet Governance and their Impact on Cyber Attacks, Henry Anderson
Department: Political Science

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A Mathematical Modeling Examination of the Changing Social, Economic and Environmental Indicators for Infant Mortality Rates Across The United States, Sophia Anderson
Department: Mathematics

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Adjusting to Life in the United States: A Qualitative Study on the Acculturation of Female Refugees from Iraq in the US, Caroline F. Andrews
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Studying the Changes in Aggressive Behavior of Male Betta Fish (Betta Splendens) When Exposed to Endocrine Disrupting Compunds, Charles Angelastro
Department: Biology