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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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The Effectiveness of the Strategies Interest Groups Use to Influence Health Care Reform in The United States: A Case Study Analysis of President Clinton, Bush, and Obama's Health Care Reforms, Jacquelyn E. Hannan
Department: Political Science

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Oxidative Stress Response Regulator and ABC Transporter Gene Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans as a Method for Reducing Phenazine Toxicity, Micah T. Harland
Department: Biology

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The Symbiosis Between Bioclaustrated Organisms and their Host Bryozoans in the Late Ordovician, G. William M. Harrison IV
Department: Geology

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Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: An Investigation into Interdependence as a Basis for Collaborative Ethical Engagement, Demitra Nicole Hart
Department: Religious Studies

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From Refugee Camp to College Campus: Exploring the Role of Educators on Refugee Students’ Views on Higher Education, Elizabeth V. Hart
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Senior Independent Study in Music Composition: Explorations for Various Ensembles, Steven W. Hecking
Department: Music

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Study of Thermoregulatory Behavior in The Common Wall Lizard Podarcis Muralis, Brian T. Hefele
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Victim Attributes on Adolescents' Attitudes Towards Bullying, Gretchen Heideloff
Department: Psychology

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Tomb of the Goblets: Revisiting a Middle Bronze Burial from Pella in Jordan, Blair Heidkamp
Department: Archaeology

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Testing the Efficacy of Novel Electrical Stimulation Practices in Elderly Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients During Rehabilitation, Patrick Henderson
Department: Biology

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Growth Patterns of Acropora cervicornis Affected By Current Flows at Coral Gardens, Belize, Thomas R. Herold
Department: Geology

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Educational Inequality: A Case Study of a Non-Profit’s Approach to Achieve Academic Excellence, Jenae Herrington
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects of pH on the Hydroxyl Radical Reaction with Aqueous Malonic Acid, Rachelle P. Herrin
Department: Chemistry

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The "Advocacy of Seeing": Understanding the Culture of Non-Profit Organizations and its Effect on the Organization’s Interaction with the Issue of Access to Legal Counsel for Undocumented Immigrant Children in Legal Proceedings in the United States, Holly A. Hickman
Department: Political Science; Sociology and Anthropology

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Constructing Blackness: African American Women's Experiences in Japan: Constructing Blackness, Aki'a Damone Lashon Hodges
Department: East Asian Studies

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Mimics Without Models: Do Look-Alikes of Deadly Coral Snakes Gain Protection From Predators Only When The Real Thing is in the Area?, Erin E. Hodson
Department: Biology

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Examining Compensatory Factors That Influence Peroxide Sensitivity and Mutation Frequency in Yeast Lacking Two Key Peroxidases, Sean R. Hohan
Department: Biology

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Conquering Carcassonne, Andrew E. Hoover
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Disrupting a Culture of Violence: A Comparison of Peace Education in Two Community Organizations, Sophia E. Hoover Grant
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Molding of Black Men’s Identity: Exploring Narratives on the Understanding of Institutional Influences on the Construction, Perception, and Performance of Black Masculinity, Brittany D. House
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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To Flip or Not to Flip? A Study of the Effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom Model for Teaching Mathematics, Lindy Howard
Department: Education; Mathematics

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Matrix-Analytic Methods in Queueing Theory, Anqi Huang
Department: Mathematics

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Assessing the Relationship Between Al-Qaeda Central and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Before and After bin Laden, Ashley J. Huddson
Department: International Relations

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Measure and Response: An Interpretation of Three Works Regarding Sovereignty, Bennett S. Hudson
Department: Philosophy

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Empathy & Euphoria: Facial Expression Discrimination & Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, Amy Huffenberger
Department: Neuroscience

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Abstractions from 1848: Marx, Tocqueville, and Herzen, on the Revolution, Ned Huffman
Department: History

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The Canyon as Home: Accessing food, water, education, and employment in Tijuana's former municipal landfill, Morgan E. Hughes
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Chanel and Dior: A Comparative Analysis of High Fashion Advertisements, Alyssa L. Hullings
Department: Communication

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Women’s Menstrual Cycle, Buying Behaviours and Personality, Kanika Issar
Department: Psychology

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Theoretical Resonance Calculations for the Isobaric Analogs 133-Sn and 133-Sb, Nicolae Istrate
Department: Physics

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Spirits, Magic, and the Clinic: Healing Practices in a Karen Village in Northwest Thailand, Kathleen Jackson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Being Amma in America: : A Study of the Relationship Between Motherhood and Religion in Hindu Communities of the United States, Cara E. Jacob
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Investigating the Impact of Monofunctional and Bifunctional Electrophiles on Cellular Proteasome Activity, Brandon L. James
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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‚Die Neue Frau’ und ‚Die Halbstarken’: Eine Analyse von Rebellion in der Weimar Republik und im West- und Ostdeutschland der Nachkriegszeit, Jeffrey D. Janus
Department: German Studies

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Conceptions of Political Authority: Analyzing Contemporary American Events in a Different Light, Andrew S. Johnson
Department: Philosophy

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“How Long Can You Suppress a Feeling?"An examination of Global Black Oppression through State-Sponsored Violence, “Othering,” and Conservative Policies in relation to the 1981 Brixton Riots and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, Kelly D. Jones
Department: History

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Analysis of gabbroic xenoliths in pillow basalts, Pillow Ridge, MEVC, British Columbia: implications for crustal contamination, metasomatic crystallization and petrogenesis., Leo Jones
Department: Geology

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"Black is Beautiful": The Effect of Skin Color Bias on Perceptions of Attractiveness and Likability for African Americans, Maya C. Jones
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of Neoliberalism on Urban Schools in Cities with Black Mayors: Cases in Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., Miko J. Jones
Department: Africana Studies; History

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For Aspiring Artivists, Sydney R. Jones
Department: English

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The Influence of News on Implicit Racial Prejudice, Gabriel M. Joseph
Department: Psychology

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"Do You Know Who I Am?": My Two Years of Serving Suburban Socialites and Stuck-Up Stock Brokers, Dakota Alling Judy
Department: English

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My Tattoos Are My Story: An Exploration of the Self and Body Modification, Emma J. Kahn
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

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Identity in Social Networking Sites: The Presentation of Self Through Photographs on Facebook and Instagram, Katherine Bahrs Kalis
Department: Communication

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Examining the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment in the SADC Region, Limbani Kamanga
Department: Economics

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Sauerkraut and German-American Identity: A Case Study, Victoria Kean
Department: History

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Beyond ß: An Analysis of Alternative Risk Measures, Jai Kedia
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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You Are What You Smoke: Redefining Latino Addict Identities in Memoirs, Ian M. Kernohan
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Spanish

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Exploring the Structural Basis for Negative Cooperativity in the Phosphagen Kinase Superfamily, Gentry Jarrett Kerwood
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Investigation on the Effect of Long-term and Short-term Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate and Acute Exercise Treatment on Spatial Learning and Memory and Anxiety Levels in Adolescent Rats, Colleen M. Kill
Department: Neuroscience

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Photographing Experience in Natures of united States and South Korea: Construction of Landscape Sceneries with Cubism Approach, Min Sung Kim
Department: Art and Art History

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Stopping Power Analysis of 37K, 44Cl, and 71 Br Incident on a He:CO2 (9:1) Gas Target, Min Sung Kim
Department: Art and Art History; Physics

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Investigating the Hydrogenphosphonate Diester Intermediate of a Potential Phosphatidylserine Analog: Cyclohexylphosphoserine, Ryan M. Kish
Department: Chemistry

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Tuteo o Ustedeo: un Estudio de las Formas de Tratamiento en las Publicidades de Escaparates / Tutoiement ou Vouvoiement: une Etude des Formes d'Adresse dans les Publicités des Vitrines, Charlotte M. Klein
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Spanish

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Comparing Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools Efficiency and Academic Achievement: Evidence from Ohio, Nathaniel Kleinman
Department: Economics

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Soft Power in Hard Focus: An Analytical Approach to Power in International Relations, Henry B. Knecht
Department: Political Science

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Distilling Cultural Identity: China’s Diaspora and the Formation of Chinese Identity Overseas, Nolan Kokkoris
Department: Chinese Studies

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Designing Messages to Promote Belief Change: Dispelling Myths in Human Trafficking, Rachel M. Korest
Department: Psychology

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Modification of Saccharomyces cerevisiae oxidant defense proteins by the electrophiles N- ethylmaleimide and parthenolide, Karis Kosar
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Role of Political Culture in Understanding Inconsistencies between International and Domestic Privacy Law in France and the United States, Mallory Kruper
Department: French and Francophone Studies; International Relations

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***Blksavage: A Study On The Elements of Traditional Radical Black Political Theories & Their Contributions To Contemporary Black Political Thought, Jestin B. Kusch
Department: Political Science

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Who is Actually Competing? An Analysis of the Competitive Saving Motive, John C. Lanz
Department: Business Economics

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of his Efforts to Motivate his Audience and to Re-establish his Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, Nathan R. Lapin
Department: Communication; History

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Exploration of Form and Technique in Functional Ceramics, Grace Lawton
Department: Art and Art History

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Patterns of Resistance in Field Populations of Culex Pipiens Restuans from Summit County, Ohio, Caitlyn Leasure
Department: Biology

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Walk This Way: Hip-Hop's Journey from Sub-Culture To Pop Culture as a Musical Genre, Jon Erik Lindberg
Department: History

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All the World’s a Stage: Elizabeth I and the Crafting of Power Through Dance, Jocelyn M. Lion
Department: History

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Realizing Social Justice, Brian A. Lock
Department: Philosophy

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Animal Minds and Human Language, Sarah C. Loether
Department: Philosophy

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Fire from the Sky: Theories of Strategic Bombing and their Implementation in the Second World War, Jacob J. London
Department: History

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The Virtual Community: Understanding the Impact of Technology on Human Interaction Through the Work of Albert Borgmann, James Love
Department: Philosophy

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"But I'd Never Say the N-Word!": White Students' Perceptions of Race, Racism, and White Privilege, Ann Harper Luke
Department: Communication

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Toward an ether-functionalized calix[4]arene for improved solubility in polar solvents, Virginia C. Lungerich
Department: Chemistry

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Color Exposure and its Effects on the Human Visual System, Draye Luton
Department: Psychology

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Communicating A Healthier Tomorrow: Analyzing Patient and Consumer Health information Seeking and Decision Making Patterns, and The Doctor-Patient Relationship, in The Context of integrative Medicine, Drew E. Maakestad
Department: Communication

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Communicating a Healthier Tomorrow: Analyzing Patient and Consumer Health Information Seeking and Decision Making Patterns, and the Doctor-patient Relationship, in the Context of Integrative Medicine, Drew E. Maakestad
Department: Communication

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Muttiple Shelter Enrichment Methods: a Study of the Effect of Petting or Walking on the Canine Stress Response, Lauren MacDonald
Department: Biology; Psychology

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Teaching Students to Read: Music’s Impact on Language Acquisition and Fluency, Robert MacLellan
Department: Music

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Modifying the Virasoro-Shapiro Amplitude to Correspond to the Glueball Trajectory, Brian Forrest Maddock
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Selling the Pill: Elaboration Likelihood Model and Hormonal Birth Control Messages, Sasha D. Maharaj
Department: Communication; Psychology

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Inhibition and Kinetic Isotope Effect Studies to Further Characterize the Mechanism of Maleamate Amidohydrolase (NicF), Karan Malani
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Analysis of the Economic Impact of Organizational Involvement on the Donation Function of Wooster Alumni, John F. Manion
Department: Economics

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Analysis of Byproduct Formation during the Disinfection Process of Wastewater Treatment, Derrick Marshall
Department: Chemistry

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The Making of Scapin: An Analysis of the Historical Influences Affecting the Scenic Design for the Production of Bill Irwin’s Scapin, Sidney A. Martin
Department: Theatre and Dance

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"On my honour as a Tully, on my honour as a Stark": An Analysis of Catelyn Stark in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Nicole Marton
Department: English

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Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Effective Therapy Techniques For Patients Who Have Primary Progressive Aphasia, Hanna Mascari
Department: Communication

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Boys in the Jungle, Elephants in the City: An Analysis of the Colonial and Imperialistic Themes in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Jean de Brunhoff’s The Story of Babar, Anna M. Masland
Department: History

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Emotion Suppression: Physiological Responses and Memory for Pictures, Mary Mattise
Department: Neuroscience

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A Phylogeographic Study of The Pickerel Frog, Lithobates Palustris, To Assess The Possibility of Cryptic Species, Nicolas Mavromatis
Department: Biology

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A Study of the First African American Males Breaking the Racial Barriers of the NFL, Michael L. McCants II
Department: History

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Insurgencies and the United States: An Exploration of the Factors Influencing the Outcome of American Counterinsurgency Campaigns, Aaron McDougal
Department: History

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Lost and Found: An Exploration of Design in Urban Cartography, Chloe McFadyen
Department: Art and Art History

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That Hat Makes You Look like a Lesbian, Megan McGinley
Department: English

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Mainland, Patrick McGowan
Department: English

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Parental School Choice: Public, Private, and Charter School Quality and Decision Making, Najiyah J. McKinney
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Samurai Baseball: A History of the Japanese Players in the American Major League Baseball, John W. McLain
Department: History

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A Study of the Effect of Advertising on Firm Performance Between Consumer and Producer Goods Industries, Robert M. McLane III
Department: Economics

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The Body Never Left Us: Theorizing Asexuality, Embedding Agency, and Unsettling Woman of Color Materialist Realism, Scott M. McLellan
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Big Brother is Watching You: A Historical Contextualization of Authoritative Power in Dystopian Literature, Lydia McPherson
Department: History

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Dosing on Demand: Enhanced Ibuprofen Release by an Organosilica Encapsulant, Noel Mellor
Department: Chemistry