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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Progress Towards a Total Synthesis of Grandilodine C, Trevor Horst
Department: Chemistry

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Treatment in the Waiting Room: A Poetry Collection Exploring Perceptions and Experiences of Chronic Illness, Victoria M. Horvath
Department: English

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Examination of Introductory Chemistry Education via Correlational Analysis of Student Performance and Psychological/Demographical Factors, Joshua K. Houtz
Department: Chemistry

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Quantifying Identity: What a Study On Food Insecurity in the LGB Community Tells Us About Choice, Intersectionality, and the Construction of Knowledge, Emily C. Hrovat
Department: Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Insurgency in the Late Bronze Age Levant: A World-Systems Analysis of Three Egyptian Garrison Sites, Eric T. Hubbard
Department: Archaeology

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Development and Testing of the Sentinel Passive Samplers Designed for Integrative and Rapid Adsorption of Environmental Water Contaminants, Ellen A. Hudson-Heck
Department: Chemistry

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The CIA and the Culture of Espionage: How the CIA's Effort to Prevent Domestic Espionage Influenced American Culture, Corwin H. Huegel
Department: History

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Dynamic Beauty: The Journey to Perfection, Jenna L. Hunkins
Department: Art and Art History

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The Extra Point Rule Change and its Effects on Decision-Making for Coaches in the NFL, Lucas J. Hunt
Department: Mathematics

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Who Gives A Dam? An Experimental Examination of Framing Techniques and Water Conservation, Rachel E. Huxhold
Department: Political Science

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Revolutions and Volcanic Disturbances: Newspaper Conceptualizations of US-Latin American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century, Zachary Jenkins
Department: International Relations

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My Immigrant Haitian Family: Life Stories on Acclimation in the United States., Paris Jerome
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Charge Carrier Characteristics in Doped Semiconductor Heterostructures, Nathan S. D. E. F. Johnson
Department: Physics

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Who is the Head Teacher? A Study of Social Influence Among Authority Figures and Peers Across Development, Carly A. Joliat
Department: Psychology

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Atomic Terror in the Face of a Determined Enemy: A Look at Revisionism and Revisiting Why the Atomic Bomb Was Necessary, Brock D. Jones
Department: History

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The Civic Effects of Social Capital in Alternative Food Networks: A Case Study of the Wooster Local Food Cooperative Inc. in Ohio, Natalie D. Kahn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Attachment, Trust, and Satisfaction: A Study of the Physical Therapist-Patient Relationship and Adherence to Rehabilitation Exercises, Isata M. Kamara
Department: Psychology

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The Modeling of Phenazine Induced Pathogenesis and Pharmacological Modulation of Autophagy in C. elegans, Brian A. Karavantas
Department: Biology

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All is Fair in Love and Work: A Comparison of Job Search and Dating Websites, Jonathan R. Katz
Department: Psychology

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The Liberal Arts Factor: Having a CEO With a Liberal Arts Degree, Matthew H. Keeney
Department: Economics

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Less Brown and More Green: A Test of the Porter Hypothesis on Hog Productivity in North Carolina from 1993 to 2014, Paul J. Kelbly
Department: Business Economics

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Investigating the Structural Features that Promote Peroxiredoxin-Sulfiredoxin Interactions in Yeast, Joseph E. Kelly
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Isotopic analysis of belemnites from the Speeton Clay Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, England., Mae L. Kemsley
Department: Geology

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Victims of Downing Street: Popular Pressure and the Press in the Stoddart and Conolly Affair, 1838-1845, Sarah E. Kendrick
Department: History

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Creating The Middle-Class: The Impact Of Class Based Identity Appeals In Presidential Campaigns, Lois Kimmel
Department: Political Science

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Bringing Life to a Historical Drawing, Sue Reon Kim
Department: Computer Science

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Manipulation of Polarized Transverse Spatial Modes to Induce Non-Linear Structures using the Geometric Phase, Drew C. King-Smith
Department: Physics

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Analog Quantum Simulator, Matthew C. King-Smith
Department: Physics

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Strategic Essentialism and Hidden Nuance in Tibetan Refugee Culture in the United States, Ben Kingstone
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Minimum Wages Effect on Unemployment Across Age Groups: a Study of the Impact of Minimum Wage on Different Age Groups of Unemployment., Joshua M. Kipfer
Department: Business Economics

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Excitation Waves in Planar, Inhomogeneously Illuminated Systems, Spencer L. Kirn
Department: Physics

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Responding to Genocide: A Poliheuristic Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Elizabeth Paige Kittner
Department: Political Science

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Custom Framing: An Analysis of Camille Pissarro's "Les Turpitudes Sociales" within a Base-Superstructure Model, Robin S. Klaus
Department: Art and Art History

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The Puzzle of Post-Conflict Justice: Identifying Factors That Influence State Selection of Mechanisms, Taylor V. Knoop
Department: Political Science

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Is This Thing On? An Investigation of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge of Hearing Technology, Marissa M. Kobylas
Department: Communication

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Generation of a NicC Bordetella pertussis Mutant: Investigating the Relationship Between Nicotinic Acid Degradation and Virulence Modulation, Melia Kovach
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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These Are Our Mountains: Analysis of Highland Games in the Southern United States as a Performance of Scottish American Culture, Gracie Kral
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Progress toward the Investigation of the role of Arginine Kinase in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, Shelby N. Kratt
Department: Biology

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Fears of the Body: Exploring the Regulation of Male Sexual Acts in Nineteenth Century England, Sophia Krauth
Department: History

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Stress Induced Deterioration of the Human Form, Anna Kruse
Department: Art and Art History

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The Psychology of Eating Meat: The Influence of Values and Cognitive Dissonance on Attitudes Towards Eating Animals, Anna Kruse
Department: Psychology

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Attempted Identification of the Calcium-Dependent Sodium Channel Gene in Paramecium tetraurelia using RNAi, Gwendolyn Kuzmishin
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Face Perception in Art, Breanna H. Labos
Department: Psychology

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"Let Them Eat Crack": A Look at Street Art Culture and Banksy’s Epitomizing Role in the Advancement of Graffiti as Art, Melissa K. Ladd
Department: Art and Art History

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Framing Effects of Humanizing Language And Personal Stories of Injustice on Consensus and Action Mobilization For Prisoners' Human Rights Advocacy, Rowan G. LaFramboise
Department: Political Science

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Why Is Skateboarding so Popular? An Examination of the National Sensation that is Skateboarding and its Relation to the Atlanta Skate Market and Experience, Zachery A. Lampkin
Department: History

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The Production and Manipulation of Nonseparable Spin-Orbit Modes of Light Under Hong-Ou-Mandel Interference Conditions, Maggie E. Lankford
Department: Physics

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Horses are Worth More Than Riches: Parental Perceptions of the Relationship Between Equine Assisted Activities/Therapy and Listening and Spoken Language, Kelsey M. Large
Department: Communication

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Digit ratio (2D:4D) as an Indicator of Physical Fitness and Athletic Ability, Allan Latsch
Department: Psychology

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A Comparative Case Study of the Effects of Foreign Aid on Six Developing African Nations and Whether Assistance was Ultimately Successful to Each, Molly R. Laubernds
Department: Political Science

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A Classroom, a Con Game, and a Churchlike Revival: Poetry Slam and its Heritage of Sacred Performance, Caira A. Lee
Department: Religious Studies

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It Started With a Blank Piece of Paper: the Making of a Children’s Picture Book, Joyce A. Lee
Department: Art and Art History

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Captivity, Execution, and Liberation: An Examination of Deteriorating Treatment within Japanese and German Prisoner of War Camps During World War II, Keith Lemke
Department: History

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A Weighty Matter: A Study of Obesity and its Impact on Wages, Jeremy M. Lenz
Department: Economics

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Attempted Synthesis of 2,3,6-Trihydroxypyridine and Characterization of the Putative Ring-Cleavage Enzyme in Bacillus niacini Nicotinate Catabolism, Nicholas P. Lesner
Department: Chemistry

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State Interactions with Sub-National Groups within and Across Their Borders, Faye E. Levin-O'Leary
Department: Political Science

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Explaining Strength of the Renewable Energy Policies of the EU: From a European Integration Theory Perspective, Aaron Levy
Department: Political Science; Environmental Studies

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A Modern Family Indeed: An Analysis of the Portrayal of the Same-Gender, Transracial, International Adoption in Modern Family, Madeline S. Lipkin
Department: Communication

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To Join or Not to Join: A Statistical Analysis of Non-State Armed Groups' Size, 1980-2008, Sarah J. Litt
Department: Political Science

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GEO-3D: A Geospatial Data Visualization System for Oculus Rift, Xiangyu Li
Department: Computer Science

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GEO-3D: A Geospatial Data Visualization System for Oculus Rift, Xiangyu Li
Department: Computer Science

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The Study of Color Red in Chinese Immigrant Culture, Yibing Li
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Molecular Basis for Suppression of Genomic Instability by a Conserved Peroxidase, Matthew A. Loberg
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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In the Middle of the Fight: An Assessment of the Formulation of Armored Tank Doctrine in World War II, Christopher M. Logsdon
Department: History

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Modal Analysis of Light Propagating Through Structurally Disturbed Optical Fibers, Yashasvi Lohia
Department: Physics

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Show Me What I Want to Know: Complexities in Creating an Effective User Interface, Jacob London
Department: Computer Science

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The Virtuous Rebel: Developing an Anarchist Ethic Informed by the American Anarchist Movement (1881-1919), Michael S. Long
Department: History; Philosophy

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An Examination of Federal Agent and Attorney Perceptions, Gabriel Lopez
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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La France et le plurilinguisme: deux opposés qui s'attirent? Une étude de l'enseignement et de l'apprentissage des langues étrangères en France., Rachel L. Lorch
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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Matilda Loses the Throne, But Takes The Stage: Connecting the Present and the Past by Dramatizing the Key Female Figure from the History of “The Anarchy”, James F. Lorenzin
Department: History

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The Glass Ceiling in Schools: An Ethnographic Approach to Understanding the Racial and Economic Inequalities in Selected Chicago City and Suburban Schools, MacKenzie Rae Love
Department: Africana Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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So Many Skills, So Little Time: The Notion of Craft in the Creation of Theatrical Props and Costumes, Zoe H. Madden
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The Role of TREM2 on Microglial Morphology and Synaptic Pruning in the Developing Brain of TREM2 Deficient Mice, William Walker V. Maghie
Department: Psychology

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"That She is of White Blood and Free and Entitled to Her Freedom:" Examining the Louisiana State Supreme Court Case of Morrison v. White from 1857-1862, Roderick D. Malone
Department: History

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Paleoecology and Depositional Environments of the Passage Beds Member (Upper Jurassic, North Yorkshire, England), Meredith E. Mann
Department: Geology

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The Effect of Facial Competence on Female Candidate Electoral Success, Stephanie Marengere
Department: Political Science

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The Effects of Testosterone and Sport Participation On Aggression in Daily Life, Matthew E. Margida
Department: Psychology

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Photodegradation of p-aminobenzoic acid in different ambient and pH environments and stabilization by antioxidants, Briana E. Marlatt
Department: Chemistry

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"I'm not black... I'm Dominican:" American Perceptions of the Dominican Republic's Racial Identity, Patric Marshall
Department: History

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Infrastructure? I Don't Even Know Her: An Investigation of the Contributing Factors to Bicycle Infrastructure Within Cities, Andrew P. Martinek
Department: Communication

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Influence of Cellular Localization of Peroxiredoxins on Mutation Frequency and Oxidant Defense, Ian M.C. Martin
Department: Biology

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Joyce's Musical Doublespeak, James May
Department: English

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Uisce: Compositional Explorations for Various Ensembles, James May
Department: Music

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Innovation Through Technical Change: The Differential Effects Technology Expenditures Have on the Wages of Employees Within the Oil and Gas Industry, Michael L. Mays
Department: Economics

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The Rhetorical Characteristics of Newspaper Coverage on the Death of Pat Tillman, John R. McCarthy
Department: Communication

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The Solid Russian Iconostasis as Unifier of Hesychasm and the Eucharistic Celebration, Katherine E. McCombs
Department: Art and Art History

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Investigation of the Functionality of the Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway of Bordetella pertussis as a Potential Treatment for Whooping Cough, Dylan L. McCreary
Department: Chemistry

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In Black and White: The Sociopolitical Rhetoric Surrounding Anti-Miscegenation Attitudes in Ohio, Sarah McCrea
Department: History

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Is Parochial School a Good Fit for You? A Case Study Examining Motives and Reasons Behind Parents Picking Private School for Their Children, Franny M. McHale
Department: Religious Studies

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Transdermal Drug Delivery Using Organosilica Encapsulants, Elizabeth McInturf
Department: Chemistry

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U.S. Special Operations Forces: A Broader Role in the Battle Against Radical Insurgencies, Stephen A. McKinney
Department: History

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Inclusive Transition: A Study Evaluating the Perceived Level of Preparedness and Procedures Involved in Children’s Transition from an OPTION School to a Mainstream Classroom, Moira McShane
Department: Communication; Education

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Deciphering the Metal Dependency of Novel Nicotinic Acid Dehydrogenase from Bacillus niacini, Jessica A. Meek
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical Bistable System, Noah P. Megregian
Department: Physics

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One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, Tourist: Determining How a Resident's Demographic Factors Influence Their Perception of the Community of La Parguera, Puerto Rico, Amy L. Melena
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Why the Good Go Bad: A Comparative Analysis of Sexual Assault and Exploitation Allegations in the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Liberia and Darfur, Bianka E. Michalski
Department: Political Science

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The Influence of Mother-Daughter Communication on Nutrition and Exercise in First-Year Female Students, Hero E. Mikuriya
Department: Communication

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The Impact of Price, Income, Health Insurance, and Education on Uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines in the United States, Joshua P. Miller
Department: Economics

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On the Design of Decentralized Anonymity Networks, Torger Miller
Department: Computer Science

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Strange Nonchaotic Pendulum, Calvin Milligan
Department: Physics