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
Department: Neuroscience

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
Department: Music

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

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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
Department: History

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

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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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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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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
Department: Political Science

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

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

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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
Department: Political Science

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

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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
Department: International Relations; Sociology and Anthropology

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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
Department: Political Science

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

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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
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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

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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
Department: Biology

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

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

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

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Valuing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Defense of Countercultural Environmentalism, Mae Manupipatpong
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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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
Department: Business Economics

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

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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
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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

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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
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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

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Normalizing Abnormality: An Exploration of Social Forces Driving Gendered Disparity in Rates of Anxiety Disorder Diagnoses, Sara Tebeau
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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

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A Bayesian Model of Fertility Decisions in Relationship to Female Labor Force Participation, Rebecca C. Wardrop
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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
Department: History

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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
Department: Psychology

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

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

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LenORE: Poe and Baudelaire at Play, Carolyn Martha Fado
Department: Comparative Literature

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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
Department: History

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The Machete Number, David Freund
Department: Mathematics

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

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

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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
Department: International Relations

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

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La Démocratisation De L'Enseignement Secondaire En France : L'Égalité Pour Tous?, Eowyn Groves
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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

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

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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
Department: Chinese Studies; International Relations

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

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

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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
Department: Psychology

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

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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
Department: Psychology

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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
Department: History

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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
Department: Political Science

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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
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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
Department: History

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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
Department: Mathematics

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

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

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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
Department: History

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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
Department: Religious Studies

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Three Appearances of Literary Youth and a New Definition, Alexander Turner
Department: Chinese Studies

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

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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
Department: Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies

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
Department: Geology

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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
Department: Urban Studies

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

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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
Department: Archaeology

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Procedurally Generating Everything, Micah Caunter
Department: Computer Science

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

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

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

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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
Department: History

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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
Department: History; Spanish

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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
Department: Psychology

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

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

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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
Department: History

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Ville Du Flaneur: La Transformation De Paris Selon Ses Propres Temoignages, Christopher J. Hanson
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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

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Body Wars: Nationalism, the State, and Wartime Sexual Violence in Guatemala and Sri Lanka, Meredith M. Loken
Department: Political Science; Urban Studies

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Come to the Table, A. Greer Morgan
Department: Art and Art History

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Terrain, Rebecca Newhouse
Department: Art and Art History

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Iteration Digraphs, Hannah Roberts
Department: Mathematics

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

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

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

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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
Department: French and Francophone Studies; History

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