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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Blinded by the Light: An Investigation of the Wave Propagation of Vector Modes of Light in a Spherically Symmetric Refractive Index Profile, Preston B. Pozderac
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Destroying the World to Save It: Nostalgia, Home, and the Apocalypse, Leah J. Prescott
Department: English

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When to Move on: Generalist Insect Pollinators Exhibit a Temporal Decrease in Floral Fidelity Towards a Common Prairie Perennial, Echinacea angustifolia, Leah J. Prescott
Department: Biology

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Running in Place: The United States War on Drugs in Colombia (1960-2003), Aidan N. Prien
Department: International Relations; History

Cracking Fracking: Explaining Policy Differences Across States on the Marcellus Shale Rock Unit, Jacob Pries
Department: Political Science

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Still Saluting: An Exploration of the Identities of Veterans of the United States Military Who Pursue Protective Service Work Upon Reentry into Civilian Life, Lauren E. Pugliese
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Grasping the Void: Immersion Tactics Using Gesture Controlled Physics Interaction Systems in Virtual Reality, Avery Rapson
Department: Computer Science

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Allelochemical Extraction from Soil Using Swellable Organically Modified Silica, Adrienne Reding
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Liebe, Leid und Rache: Die Wiederentdeckung des Mittelalters im 19. Jahrhundert und der daraus resultierende Einfluss auf den Anstieg des Nationalismus im Laufe des Jahrhunderts., Adrienne Reding
Department: German Studies

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School Outside?: An ethnography of American forest kindergartens and nature preschools and how “nature” is used in these “classrooms”, Emily T. Reid
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Determining Flexible Behavior during Crisis Management: Comparing Presidential Crisis Leadership During the Cuban Missile Crisis and the U.S.S. Pueblo Crisis, Jason Phillip Rhee
Department: Political Science

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Narrating Reality, Shoshana A. Rice
Department: English

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Environmental and Epistemic Injustice in Ironbound, Stephany M. Rivera
Department: Environmental Studies; Philosophy

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Jack In: An Exploration of Immersion in Virtual Environments, Lewis Roberts
Department: Computer Science

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Development of Ruthenium (II)-Mesoionic Carbene Complexes for Investigation of Secondary Coordination Sphere Interactions in Homogeneous Catalysis, Lindsay L. Robinson
Department: Chemistry

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Political Representation: Who Decides? An Analysis of the Media's Coverage of Women's Political Underrepresentation, Maeve Rogers
Department: Political Science

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Investigating the Impact of Substituent Positioning on the Photochemistry of meta and ortho Aminobenzoic Acid Derivatives, Haley A. Rossiter
Department: Chemistry

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Unleashing Potential: An Investigation of the Social Effects of Pediatric Autism Assistance Dogs, Julia B. Rothschild
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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What the Hell is Happening?: A Critical and Creative Examination of Hell in Pop Culture, Mallory J. Rozakis
Department: English

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What is Privacy? The Threat of Surveillance and Blackmail in the 21st Century, Harrison S. Ruprecht
Department: Philosophy

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Black Women's Bodies and the Restoration of Glory: Understanding Beyonce's Lemonade as Political Resistance, Emerald Rutledge
Department: Africana Studies

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The Prince of Labrador, Aaron C. Salzman
Department: English

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Understanding Mental Causation in the Enlightenment of Top-down Causation in the Physical Systems, Ziyi Sang
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Gods and Guns: Examining the Effects of Shared Religious Plurality on Military Expinditure, Marco A. Sapien
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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¿(In)Dependencia? La crítica social en la novela Cien años de soledad de Gabriel García Márquez, Hallie S. Scanlon
Department: Spanish

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Once Upon a Recital: Vulnerability Represented in Music Inspired by Fairy Tales, Laura EG Schneider
Department: Music

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How Long Can We Tolerate This? Understanding the Wallace Vote, Racial Backlash in the Metropolitan North, & the Emergence of the Modern American Right, Frederik W. Schoenfeld
Department: History; Political Science

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Growing Up: American Idiot and the Role Music Plays in Society, Stephen T. Schreiber
Department: Communication

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The Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Ambivalence, and Relationship Outcomes within Romantic Partnerships, Victoria J. Schriber
Department: Psychology

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The Individual, Social, and Cultural Perception of Non-native Phonemes: A Neuroscientific and Linguistic Study, Marie Louise Schroder
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Neuroscience

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@RealDonaldTrump in the 2016 Presidential Election: A Rhetorical Analysis of a "Great" Spokesperson for the Paranoid Style, Tyler D. Schuch
Department: Communication

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The Effects of Teaching Methods on Children’s Concept of Living Things, Lydia E. Schwartz
Department: Psychology

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Immigration Policy Demanders: The Influence of U.S. Interests Groups and the American Electorate on Major Political Party Platforms, Scott D. Sears
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Confidence and Doubt on The Effect of Social Pressure, Larissa Severns
Department: Psychology

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Once Upon a Regime: Nazi and Soviet Propaganda in Children’s Literature in the 1930s and 40s, Grace Shannon
Department: German Studies; Russian Studies

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Disaster Discourse in Official Chinese Media: An Analysis of Media Response to the 2008 Sichuan Earthquakeake and the 2015 Tianjin Explosions, Marie Sheehan
Department: Chinese Studies; Political Science

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Biophysical Characterization of the Cofactors in the NicAB Complex from Bacillus niacini, Laura A. Sherer
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Role of the Adipokinetic Hormone Precursor (AKH-I) in Regulating the Blood feeding Behavior of Female Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes, Gitika Shriyan
Department: Biology

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A Cooperstown Controversy: An Analysis of the Debate Surrounding Alleged Steroid Users' Candidacies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Jordan E. Shusterman
Department: Communication

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Projection of Groundwater Pumping Sustainability in Volta Wildlife Refuge, Merced County, CA, Helen Siegel
Department: Geology

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It Is Not About How Much You Pay, But How You Pay It: The Motivational Effects of Compensation on Worker Effort Using Self-Determination Theory, Unnati Singhania
Department: Business Economics; Psychology

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Modeling the Commitment to Senescence Through Mitochondrial Fusion and Chromosomal Restructuring, Herbert Sizek
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Role of New National Monuments on the American Religious Understanding of Land, Herbert Sizek
Department: Religious Studies

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The Cicada's Lullaby: Myth and Media in Feminism and Appalachian Culture during the Kennedy Years, Lucas R. Skoglund
Department: Film Studies; History

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Attitudes Toward the Police, Danielle Marie Slichenmyer
Department: Psychology

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Senior Independent Study in Music Composition by Bridget R. Slone, Bridget Slone
Department: Music

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Priestess of Potnia: A Story of Women, Cult Practices, and Mycenaean Society in the Bronze Age Aegean, Bethany K. Smith
Department: Classical Studies; History

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'Freedom for the Captives': A critical analysis of the movement to save the life of Troy Anthony Davis, Chadwick Smith
Department: Africana Studies; History

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Get You a Girl That Can Do Both: A Feminist Economic Analysis of Parental Leave Policies and Labor Force Participation in the United States, Germany, and Turkey, Heather Smith
Department: Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall: How the Commodification of Terroir Impacts Small Producer Viability in a Global Economy, Christina Solazzo
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Stereotype Threat as a Mechanism by Which Intelligence-Based Tasks Impair Black Children’s Performance, Jason E. Solinsky
Department: Psychology

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From Life Circumstance to Cultural Competence: Understanding Barriers to Health Care Access Among Spanish-Speaking Populations in the United States, Elena M. Soyer
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Beach Haven: A Photographic Exploration of Long Beach Island, Theresa M. Spadola 2945985
Department: Art and Art History

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Picture Perfect Communication? Sign Me Up!: An Investigation of Picture Exchange Communication for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anne R. Spector
Department: Communication

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Firing the Classics Canon: Combining Latin Language Learning and Social Studies Pedagogy in a First-Year Latin Classroom, Alexis Spencer
Department: History; Classical Studies

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Effects of the invasive plant species, Rosa multiflora and Alliaria petiolata, and deer browsing on native plant species in a Ohioan second growth forest, Mallorey R. Stack
Department: Biology

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Blight and Brutality: A Study of Housing and Police in Relation to the 1967 Detroit Uprising, Giancarlo M. Stefanutti
Department: History

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Short Term Missionary Work in Haiti, Maria C. Steinert
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Analyzing H7 as a Possible Structural Determinant of Negative Cooperativity within the Phosphagen Kinase Enzyme Family, Katie Stock
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Investigating the Relationship Between Self-Interaction and Function of the Viral Suppressor of RNAi Expressed by Maize Chlorotic Dwarf Virus, Ben R. Stromberg
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Where are you from and why are you here?: A Study of Negative Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes' Effect on Public Support for Syrian Refugees', Sarah C. Strum
Department: International Relations

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A Boolean Modeling Approach to Understanding Synergies Between Cell Phenotypes in Early Neurogenesis, Nathan R. Sundheimer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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One Fish, Two Fish: Genetic Differences in Carotenoid Deposition and Pigmentation, and their relation to the Immune Responses of Red and Blue Betta splendens, Taryn E. Szalay
Department: Biology

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You've Got a Friend in Me: An Analysis of the Social Deficits in Elementary Students With Language Disorders, Heather L. Szymanski
Department: Communication

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Genetic Engineering of the GFP Coding Region for Expression of Fusion Proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Jenna S. Taira
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The State of Corruption: Crony Capitalism Negatively Impacts Economic Output at the State Level, Alex H. Tench
Department: Economics

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Assessing the Life Modes of Conodonts within the Decorah Shale (Late Ordovician of Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa), Dean E. Thomas
Department: Geology

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Differentiation of Anthraquinone-based Dyes and Pigments using Fluorescence, Madeline Rui Thomas
Department: Chemistry

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Perceptions of Mental Illness in Ghanaian Metropolitan Areas and the Effect of Public Education and Open Discussion., Akosua Thompson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Bermuda's Impact on the Relationship Between England and America, Simon P. Thompson
Department: History

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The Cycle of Information: Discussing the Language and Culture of Japan Through Narrative, Haley L. Tolle
Department: East Asian Studies; English

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Food for Thought: An Analysis of the Impact of Climate Change on the Food Security for South African Farming Households, Sarah Torio
Department: Business Economics

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Characterizing the genetic determinants of the nicotinic acid degradation pathway in Bacillus niacini, Tsun Ki Jerrick To
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Stigma and Construction of Childfree Identity in a Pro-natalist Society, Tiffany Trunk
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Passion or Fashion? The Exploration of Social Activist Tendencies on College Campuses Through Self Determination Theory, Robert J. Tudisco
Department: Psychology

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Great Camp Sagamore: An Integration of Nature, Architecture, and the Sublime, Allison Turner
Department: Art and Art History

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The Validity of Urban Agriculture: A Case Study of Boston, MA and Cleveland, OH Taking Account of City Policy, Lily B. Turovsky
Department: Urban Studies

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“Points of Convergence”: Between and Within Emic and Etic Perspectives of Religion and Culture Through the Analysis of Heathenry and Neoshamanism(s), Harrison Uhall
Department: Religious Studies

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Desorption of Menthol from Swellable Organically Modified Silica: A Potential for Extended Transdermal Delivery Application, Todd P. Ulmer
Department: Chemistry

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Classroom Anxiety and Academic Achievement in Immigrant and International Students, Nancy C. Valverde
Department: Psychology

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The State of Deterrence: The Role of Tactical and Strategic Nuclear Weapons, Bradley Van Tyne
Department: Political Science

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Bright Lights and Big Ideas: An Investigation on the Impact of Innovative Entrepreneurship and Dynamic Agglomeration Economies on Urban Economic Performance, Sarah Vechik
Department: Economics

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An Exploration of Hidden Markov Models with Applications to the Stock Market, Tyson Vogel
Department: Mathematics

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Insecticide Fungicide Interaction and Synergistic Toxicity in Honey Bees, Andrea H. Wade
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Two-Sided Eulerian Numbers, Haven Wagner
Department: Mathematics

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For Country, Liberty, and Money: Privateering and the Ideologies of the American Revolution, Scott D. Wagner
Department: History

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Finding Our Wayne: A Case Study of Including Local History in Secondary Education using a Digital History Project, Catherine Walker
Department: Education; History

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Negroid Hermaphrodite to Seated Man: An In-Depth Analysis of Modern and Ancient Ideas of Race and Ethnicity in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Emily Walker
Department: Classical Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Paleo-Ice Thickness of a Glaciovolcanic Tindar Ridge, Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Chloe Wallace
Department: Geology

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Absurdism and Comics: A Philosophical Exploration of the 'Animal' in Franz Kafka and Grant Morrison, Brendan P. Walsh
Department: English

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The Beautiful Game Turned Ugly: A Rhetorical Analysis of Online Fan Forums Surrounding the Ties Among Racism, Nationalism, and National Identity within English Football, Dan Warren
Department: Communication

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"Learning to Live": A Critique of Misrepresentations of Black Women in Toni Morrison's Paradise and Through an Original Screenplay Entitled the Tenth, Jessica Waters
Department: English

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Economics under Fire: Understanding GDP and HDI through Social Capital and its Relationship with Noteworthy Intra-State Conflicts, Samuel T. Waters
Department: Economics; International Relations

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"The Least of These": Towards an Integrated Queer of Color Critique of the Prison Industrial Complex, Jahqwahn J. Watson
Department: Africana Studies

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“Reading” Glacier Bay: a landscape of cultural and physical glaciation from the Little Ice Age to the 21st century, Andrew D. Wayrynen
Department: English; Geology

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Instagram and "Natural Femininity": A Version of Femininity Coded as "Natural" Through the Emphasis of The Female Body, Natural Settings and Authentic Moments., Lydia Webster
Department: English

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Finding Salvation Through Pilgrimage: Dante’s Influences on Hell scenes and Chaucer and the Relationship to Salvation, Alexandra Wendt
Department: Art and Art History; English

A Theory of Concepts for a Transient Mind, Jaxen W. Werne
Department: Philosophy

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Sorry, What Was That? An Investigation Of Doctor of Audiology Students and Practicing Audiologists with Prelingual Hearing Loss, Avital Westreich
Department: Communication

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The Paleoecology of Prasopora falesi in the Decorah Formation (Upper Ordovician) of northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, Rachel M. Wetzel
Department: Geology