The following Senior Independent Study Theses were awarded Honors and nominated by their departments to serve as examples of the outstanding work done by Wooster students. The PDFs of these exemplars may be downloaded from any location. For questions about the exemplar nomination process, please email openworks@wooster.edu.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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The Effects of Chronic Mild Stress and Duloxetine on Learning and Memory, Alexandra Desotelle

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Metamorphosis and Persona in Ned Rorem's Poems of Love and the Rain, Jacob Boca

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Learning Emotions: A Software Engine for Simulating Realistic Emotion in Artificial Agents, Douglas Code

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Masculine Space: The Final Frontier; A Historical Analysis of the Spatial Politics of Gender through the New Woman’s Access to Brassieres, Bicycles, and Higher Education in the United States from 1890-1930, Shelby Kirst Goldman

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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

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Beyond ß: An Analysis of Alternative Risk Measures, Jai Kedia

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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

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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

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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

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Liberty, Security, and Judicial Review in the War on Terror: An Analysis of Supreme Court Approaches to Deference in a Post-9/11 Context, Jacob Oppler

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The Domestication and Migration of Zea mays L. in Association with Holocene Climatic Variance, Kelsey L. Salmon Schreck

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A Summary and Reflection of the Percussion Repertoire for my Senior Recital, Christopher Scimecca

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"If You Want to Test a Man's Character Give Him Power" Abraham Lincoln's Character and Use of Strategic Action: An Analysis of Presidential Decision-Making, Hannah Sharfman

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I Don't Play Chess: A Study of Chess Piece Generating Polynomials, Stephen R. Skoch

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'You Are Who We Say You Are': The Politics of Ethnicity in Post-Genocidal Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Stephanie A. Sugars

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Violence without Verdicts: A Comparative Analysis of Social Movements and Race Relations in the United States and South Africa, Madison Swoy

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Sacred and Mortuary Landscapes in Iron Age Cyprus: A GIS Analysis, James P. Torpy

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Armed with an Easel: Understanding Artistic Political Praxis Through the Works of Theodor Adorno and Chantal Mouffe, Evelyn Yu Yu Swe

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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The Moroccan Example: “Coming Movements,” Communities, and Lived Experience in Contemporary Protest, Paige I. Ambord

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The Youth Unemployment Crisis Facing Welfare Regimes: How States Develop New Social Policy, Andrew C. Campbell

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A Not-So-Silent Spring: The Impacts of Traffic Noise on Call Features of The Bloody Bay Poison Frog (Mannophryne olmonae), Catherine G. Clemmens

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Dueling For Their Votes: A Study on the Impact of Presidential Debate Rhetoric on Public Opinion, Daniel J. Cohen

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The Effect of Ethnic Microtargeting on Latino Americans' Political Identity Perception, Emma Flanagan

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Does the Trend Need a Mend? The Effects of Herding Behavior on the Returns to Higher Edcuation, Amy K. French

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Valuing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Defense of Countercultural Environmentalism, Mae Manupipatpong

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The Effects of Hospital Consolidation on Hospital Financial Performance and the Potential Trade-Off of Hospital Consolidation for Society, Aaron W. McKee

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The Analytic Hierarchy Process: A Mathematical Model for Decision Making Problems, Giang Huong Nguyen

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Generalist and Specialist Pollination Syndromes: When are they Favoured? A Theoretical Approach to Predict the Conditions Under which a Generalist or Specialist Pollination Syndrome is Favoured., Tyler L. Poppenwimer

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Rising from the Ashes: Hansen’s Disease, Carville, and Patient Identity in 20th Century America, Lauren Quimby

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Put Him in Grandma's House: Investigating Variation in Kinship Policy and Procedure across Ohio's County-based Child Welfare System, Andreja M. Siliunas

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Keeping Your Options Open: An Introduction to Pricing Options, Ryan F. Snyder

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Markov Chain Theory with Applications to Baseball, Cal D. Thomay

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A Bayesian Model of Fertility Decisions in Relationship to Female Labor Force Participation, Rebecca C. Wardrop

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Klotzen, Nicht Kleckern (Strike Together, Not Divided!): the Panzer Divisions As New Dominating Strategy of Modern Warfare, Stefano Alianelli

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The Call of the Wild (And the Caged): The Impact of a Zoo's Exhibition Styles on the Attitudes of Its Human Visitors, Erin S. Behn

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Re-Framing the Slaughter: Remembering the Rwandan Genocide, Jordan C. Broutman

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Ballistics Analysis of Volcanic Ejecta: Miter Crater, Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Black Rock Desert, Utah, William Cary

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LenORE: Poe and Baudelaire at Play, Carolyn Martha Fado

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Mastering the Patrol: a Look at the Importance of Training For American Pilots in the Battle of the Atlantic, Ethan M. Feinstein

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The Machete Number, David Freund

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Resisting Colonialism: Cultural Syncretism, Indigenous Agency and Exploition in Colonial Potosí, Isaac Galef-Brown

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American Quaker Activism: Emerging Leadership, Evolving Faith, and Extraordinary Change, Catherine Gillette

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The Effects of the Norm of International Election Monitoring on Voters' Confidence Levels in Francophone West Africa's Presidential Elections 1990-2011, Lauren E. Gilliss

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Chicago's Wall: Race, Segregation and the Chicago Housing Authority, David T. Greetham

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La Démocratisation De L'Enseignement Secondaire En France : L'Égalité Pour Tous?, Eowyn Groves

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Who Is Riding Shotgun? The Influence of Multinational Corporations on International Negotiation Outcomes, Isabelle Fourcroy Howes

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The Effects of Trait-Anxiety on Young Children's Facial and Vocal Emotion Recognition and Attention, Sarah Marie Huttie

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The Dao that can be Spoken is not the Eternal Dao: National Role Conceptions and the Effects on Chinese Foreign Policy Behavior, Adam Stephan Jankowski

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Democracy Inaction?: How "Fake News" Is Defining American Citizenship, Julie Ann Kendall

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Lecciones Quijotescas De La Vida: Teoría Y Práctica - Quixotic Life Lessons: Theory and Practice, Julia Kennedy

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The Interaction Between the Physical Environment and Metaphysical States: the Role of Social Anxiety and Stress in Informing Spatial Perception, Emily Koelmel

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A Reassessment of the Conservation Status of a Critically Endangered Neotropical Frog, Mannophryne olmonae, Using Occupancy Modeling Techniques, Jessica McQuigg

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The Effect of Context on the Evaluation of Obese Vs. Average-Weight Children As a Function of Antifat Attitude, Stephanie McShane

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With Strong Arms and Callused Hands: a Study of Mexican Racial Identity in the Bracero Program From 1942-1964, Maricela Metraux

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May it Please the Environment?: A Study of the Role Regional Location Plays in Influencing Federal Court Decisions on Fossil Fuel Cases, Stephen Perrott

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Eat Until You're Full: The Pursuit of Autonomy and Health through the Adoption of Organic Agriculture in Mae Ta, Thailand, Erin Jean Plews-Ogan

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Talking Black and Sleeping White... Talking White and Sleeping Black: A Socio-Legal Examination of Interracial Marriage in America, Kailey J. Schwallie

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Let's Get in the Mood: An Exploration of Data Mining Techniques to Predict Mood Based on Musical Properties of Songs, Sarah Smith-Polderman

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The Truth About Lie Symmetries: Solving Differential Equations With Symmetry Methods, Ruth A. Steinhour

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More Than Just a Meal: the Economic Utility of Social Capital in the Lives of the Poor, Benjamin Higby Strange

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For the General Diffusion of Knowledge: Social, Juvenile and Mercantile/Mechanic Libraries in Colonial America and the Early Republic, Gwenlyn Symons

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People and Plants in a Rust Belt City: a Critical Analysis of Urban Agriculture in Cleveland, Ohio Using a Sustainable Development Framework, Erika Takeo

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Three Appearances of Literary Youth and a New Definition, Alexander Turner

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Tree-Ring Evidence of North Pacific Volcanically Forced Cooling and Forcing of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Lauren Vargo

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你吃了吗? Have You Eaten?: Using the Westernization of Chinese Food to Explain the Transformation of the Chinese Identity in America, Molly Young

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Geochemical and Field Relationships of Pillow and Dike Units in a Subglacial Pillow Unit Undirhliđar Quarry, Southwest Iceland, Lindsey J. Bowman

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Does Spatial Mismatch Still Occur in 2010? An Examination of Race, Income and Urban Georgraphy in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area, Kelsey Bridges

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Cowboy Mythology in National Politics: The Pre-Presidential Political Career of Lyndon Johnson, Alyson Bujnoski

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Sailing on the Edge: a World-Systems Analysis of Pirates and Privateers in the Atlantic and Caribbean in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Emily Butcher

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Procedurally Generating Everything, Micah Caunter

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Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name?: An Anthropological Investigation of Naming, Haley Lisa Close

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The Eloquence of Stone: Propagandistic Function of Monumental and Funerary Art in Nineteenth Century Paris, Lauren Close

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Social Relevance of Speakeasies: Prohibition, Flappers, Harlem, and Change, Joseph Collins

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Whose Britain Is This Anyway: Questioning Race, Class, Immigration and Nationality in Great Britain Between 1948 and 2011, Christina Jayne Cruce

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Chilean Cultural Identity: a Case Study of Contemporary Mapuche Poetry, La identidad cultural chilena: un caso de estudio de la poesía mapuche contemporánea, Christopher Culbertson

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How We Seem "To Be": English- and Spanish-Speaking Children's Susceptibility to the Fundamental Attribution Error and Actor-Observer Bias, Mary E. Dixon

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Surviving War, Surviving Memory: An Oral History of the South Vietnamese Civilian Experience in the Vietnam War, Leann Do

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Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironments of the Soeginina Beds (Paadla Formation, Lower Ludlow, Upper Silurian) on Saaremaa Island, Estonia, Richa N. Ekka

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Gender Divide: Re-Examining the Feminization of Teaching in the Nineteenth Century with Emphasis on the Displaced Male Teacher, Matthew Fegan

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Ville Du Flaneur: La Transformation De Paris Selon Ses Propres Temoignages, Christopher J. Hanson

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Climate Change in the Media: Collective Guilt and Behavioral Effects of News Reports and Environmental Identity, Amanda Koehn

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Body Wars: Nationalism, the State, and Wartime Sexual Violence in Guatemala and Sri Lanka, Meredith M. Loken

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Come to the Table, A. Greer Morgan

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Terrain, Rebecca Newhouse

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Iteration Digraphs, Hannah Roberts

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Der Kern Der Deutschen: Eine Analyse Der Atompolitik in Der Bundesrepublik Vom Anfang Bis Zum Ausstieg, Kyle Schutz

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Making of a Second-Class Citizen: a Case Study of the Institutionalized Oppression of Blacks in New Orleans, Andrew Stowe

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Bilingualism and Social Cognitive Development: the Effect of Dual-Language Acquisition on Nonverbal Communication, Melanie Elizabeth Ordinario Weil

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Je Voulais Être Homme, Rien Qu’Homme: An Analysis of the Intersection of Communism and Masculinity InThe Negritude Movement, 1930-1939, Kristen Weischedel

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Rex Quondam, Rexque Futurus: Arthurian Legends As Indicators of British National Identity Throughout History, Audrey Ellen Wimbiscus