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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Cultivating Connection: Assessing the Impact of Experiential Agriculture on Undergraduate Students, Gillian R. Desonier-Lewis
Department: Environmental Studies

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Climate change impacts go beyond the surface: Groundwater recharge rates and aquifer resources across the Contiguous United States, Kendra R. Devereux
Department: Earth Sciences

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Different Cradle, Different Grave: An Examination of the Relationship between Intergenerational Poverty and Attachment, Allie Deyhle
Department: Psychology

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Specialization in Youth Sports and Its Effects on Injuries, Jay A. DiBacco
Department: Biology

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"The Refugees are Better Off Than We Are": Evaluating the Impact of Syrian Refugees on Jordanian Labor Markets, Maggie Dougherty
Department: Economics

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Variation in Hemoglobin-Mediated Response to Hyperthermal Stress Driven by Environmental Stressors in Daphnia pulicaria, Estelle Rose Dowling
Department: Biology

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Acting Authentically — A Case Study of Character Building Techniques With Three Plays by James Bentley Campbell, Gerald Dryden
Department: Theatre and Dance

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"Love is a Bulletproof Vest": Protest as an Exploration of Women’s Right to the City, Sarah Foley Duran
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Roles of dNab2 and dArc1 in Drosophila melanogaster Mushroom Body Axon Development, Marcel Lignani Elkouri
Department: Neuroscience

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Sinister Cinema: Depictions of Evil in the WWII and Postwar Thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and Henri-Georges Clouzot, Holly N. Engel
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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Keep it Simple Stupid: An Examination of Conservative Populism in the Neoliberal World, Maxwell B. Engel
Department: Political Science

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Negative Partisanship: How Perceptions of Political Opponents Fuels Participation, Aidan R. Enright
Department: Political Science

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Using Tau Protein to Investigate the Link between Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer’s Disease in a Drosophila Model, Kaitlyn B. Evans
Department: Neuroscience

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Representation of African Immigration in Short and Long-Form Media, Abigail E. Everidge
Department: English

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Collaboration in Silence: An Investigation of the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Treatment for Children With Selective Mutism, Anabel Faigin
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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The Other Is Us: A Critical Analysis of Race in Jordan Peele's Us, Danté Fair
Department: Communication Studies

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Investigating the Efficacy of RNAi for Use in the Study of Caenorhabditis elegans Arginine Kinase, Evan Thomas Faxon
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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“A Big Opportunity for Everyone to not Hide Those Beautiful Bodies”: Building Community Among Women of Color in the Body Positivity Movement on Instagram, Lilia Federico
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Knowledge of Intentional Action as Essential for It: An Epistemological and Action-Theoretical Investigation, Alex Fiander
Department: Philosophy

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A Re-evaluation of Texts Taught in High School English Classrooms: Why a Need for a Curriculum Reboot is Necessary, Morgan Paige Fields
Department: English

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Creating an Event Horizon Analogue with the Belosouv-Zhabotinsky Reaction, Megan Anne Fisher
Department: Physics

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The Art of Atmosphere in Stop-Motion Animation, Abigail Fisk
Department: Art and Art History

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Establishing a Functional Heterologous Expression System for Bacillus niacini Nicotinate Dehydrogenase and 6-Hydroxynicotinate Dehydrogenase Using Escherichia coli, Daniel T. Fleming
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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At the Corner of Two Walls, Sierra A. Foltz
Department: English

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The Great Unknown: An Investigation into Audiologists' Familiarity with Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABIs), Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), Their Clinical Knowledge Regarding Candidacy Criteria, and Outcomes of ABIs, Katherine Fong
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Involvement of PP1 in Calcium Channel Regulation in Paramecium Tetraurelia, Wyatt Foss
Department: Biology

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The History of the English Longbow- An Analysis of the Transformative Longbow in the Military, Society, and Identity Throughout British History, Elena Franzusova
Department: History

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Using a Protein Cross-Linker to Confirm Protein Disulfide Isomerase Interactions and Impact on Downstream Processes, Wilson M. Freije
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Civil Commitment to Minimal Adequacy: A Study of the Deinstitutionalization of Minnesota, Jack Ryan Galle
Department: History

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Free-Fall Spinning-Planet Tunnel Transportation Network, Yuchen Gan
Department: Physics

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Paradoxical Descriptions of Divine Beings, Tiago Garcia
Department: English; Religious Studies

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Multilingual Literature of the New World: A Literary and Semantic Study of Spanglish in Susana Chávez-Silverman’s Killer Crónicas, Justin Garibotti
Department: English; Spanish

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Exploring the Relationship Between Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs (Oophaga Pumilio) And Their Tropical Bromeliad Hosts (Guzmania Lingulata)., McKenna S. Gassman
Department: Biology

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An Evaluation of the Relationship Between Income Inequality and Price Discrimination, Christopher Gately
Department: Global and International Studies

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The Ghosts of Grief: An Exploration of Gothic Influence in 2010s Horror Cinema, Halen Gifford
Department: Communication Studies; Film Studies

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Noticing Narratives: An Evaluation of Holocaust 'Lessons' Portrayed By American Museums, Rachel D. Ginsburg
Department: History

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Tentative Detection of Phosphoarginine by LC-MS in M. xanthus, Asvin Gireesh
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Exploring the Impact of the Microbiome on Sleep Homeostasis in Drosophila melanogaster, Joshua Gluck
Department: Biology

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Building a College Roommate Recommender Web App, Klever D. Gopar
Department: Computer Science

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SWS2 and LWS mRNA Sequences in Red and Blue Betta Splendens, Hannah Greenland
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Brand Identity and Brand Alignment in Corporate Political Advertising: A Rhetorical Analysis of Penzey Spices’ Facebook Ads Opposing Donald Trump, Beau H. Greenwood
Department: Communication Studies

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Purification and Crystallization of MurG: Towards Structural Characterization of a Ubiquitous Antibiotic Target, Peter E. Greenwood Jr
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Communicating Science to College Students: A Comparison of Infographic and Text Based Approaches, Rachel Greer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Normative Bastardy, Max Kent Gregg
Department: Philosophy

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You Have 10 Minutes Remaining: An Examination Into Common Test-Taking Anxieties’ Effect on Academic Performance in Relation to Academic Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement Goal Orientation, Megan R. Gronau
Department: Neuroscience

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Defeating the COVID-19 Infodemic on Twitter: A SIP Agent-Based Model of Rumor Propagation and Truth Bot Intervention, Zhen Guo
Department: Computer Science; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects of Meditation, if Any, on Pain Awareness, Sosna Hailu-Chanyalew
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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How Progressive Rock Adapted the Classical Tradition, Nathaniel J. Haines
Department: Music

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The Effect of Varied Paneling Characteristics on the Predictability of Soccer Ball Flight, Daniel Halbing
Department: Physics

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Who's Watching Who? Inverting the Capitalist Gaze in News Images of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, Laura Haley
Department: Communication Studies

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The Music of the People: Appalachian Ballads and the Search for the Authentic in the 1960s American Folk Music Revival, Anna Halgash
Department: English; History

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Trying to “Do No Harm”: Empathy’s Relationship with Medical Education, Cydney Grace Hall
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Peace Be With You: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Interfaith versus Single-faith Peacebuilding Programming at Reducing Violence in Religious Conflict, Sydney Maureen Hanes
Department: Global and International Studies

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Is the World Living Through a New Cold War? A Systematic Analysis of the Cold War and its Influences with a Comparative Study of the Cold War and the Modern Era, Nicholas William Hanna
Department: Political Science

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Bright Moon in Mountain Wind, Yuqi Han
Department: Chinese Studies

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Manipulating Maternal Care: methodology and function in early life stress experiments in rodents, Yuqi Han
Department: Biology

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“Boys Can't Be Princesses”: An Understanding of Speech-Language Pathologists Perceptions of Gender Bias, LGBTQ+ Bias, and LGBTQ+ Related Issues When Working with Young Children, Breanna L. Harrell
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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A Boolean Model of Crosstalk Between Senescence and Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, Marlayna Harris
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Black Enuf: An Exploration of the Strategic Use of Racial Appeals by Black Candidates to Garner Black Voter Support, Stachal Harris
Department: Political Science

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Angels and Saints in a Modern Renaissance, Elena Hart
Department: Art and Art History

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Rednecks, Hillbillies, and White Trash in the Living Room: A Rhetorical Analysis of Reality Television's Construction of Appalachian Regional Identity, Bradlee Elizabeth Hartman
Department: Communication Studies

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Development of a Passive Sampler for Detecting PFAS Using Polymer-Organosilica Hybrid Adsorbents, Heather Hartmann
Department: Chemistry; Spanish

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El concepto de autor y la originalidad en las adaptaciones de Natalia Lafourcade, Heather Hartmann
Department: Spanish; Chemistry

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Bursting at the Seams, Piper Hamilton Hartman
Department: Art and Art History

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Corporate Pressure Makes Regime Diamonds: An Analysis of the Impact of Multinational Corporations on International Environmental Regime Effectiveness, Katie Harvey
Department: Global and International Studies

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Those Who Choose: A New Conceptual Model for the Origin of Religious Schisms, Benjamin R. Hassan
Department: Religious Studies

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Analysis of Vitamin C Products for Potency and Associated Contaminants by HPLC-UV and GC-MS, Madison M. Heller
Department: Chemistry

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Reconsidering the Late Woodland: A Critical Reassessment of Perception and Periodization in the Ohio Valley, 400-1000 CE, Devin A. Henson
Department: Archaeology

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The History of Black Resistance from the 1950s to the 21st Century: The Lack of Credibility in Roles of Gender, Sexuality, and the Youth, Mark Anthony Herron Jr.
Department: History

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Investigation the Effects of dNab2 Overexpression on Human Tau in Drosophila Melanogaster, James M. Hill
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Male Fitness of Perennial Plant Echinacea Angustifolia Is Not Significantly Influenced Through Visitation by Specific Bee Taxa, Lauryn Alicia Hill
Department: Biology

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Autism and Psychopathy in the General Population: As they Relate to Perspective Taking in Bullying and Victimization Scenarios, Nathan Hill
Department: Neuroscience

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ANAÏS ET LE JARDIN CACHÉ, Kaylin Hoffman
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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Lateral Volcanic Blasts and Why They Occur, Grant D. Holter
Department: Earth Sciences; Geology

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'It's Time For One of Us': A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's First Term in Congress, Sarah Ives Hopkins
Department: Communication Studies

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Preserving Keith Haring’s Legacy of “Art for All” through the Study of the Chemical Degradation of Daylight Fluorescent Paints and their Constituent Rhodamine Dyes, Georgia L. Hopps-Weber
Department: Chemistry; Art and Art History

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Shall Not Be Infringed: Examining the Relationship Between Executive Power and Civil Liberties in the War on Terror, Turner James Horn
Department: Political Science

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Pay to Play Politics: An Examination of Big Money's Influence in the United States Senate, Ciara L. Hudson
Department: Political Science

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To Be and Not to Be: Successful and Motivated in the Classroom, Antuoine Hunt-Strong
Department: Communication Studies

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Collecting as Seva and Decolonizing Display: Art Collectors in the Sikh American Diaspora, Saeed Husain
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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An Investigation into Finite Difference Methods in Solving a Reaction-Diffusion System to Model the Spread of Wildfires, Molly Hutter
Department: Mathematics

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Homology Modeling and Protein-Ligand Structural Analysis of the Bacillus niacini NicAB Protein Complex, Wenhao Hu
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Impact of Opinion Leaders on YouTube Towards Consumer Purchase Intention, Yu Hu
Department: Economics; Global and International Studies

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Social Dependent, Independent Learners and Their Online Learning, Isabella Lence Ilievski
Department: Psychology

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How Floral Resource Composition and Sampling Method Help Us to Assess Bee Community Diversity in a Peri-Urban Landscape, Miyauna Monique Nicole Incarnato
Department: Environmental Studies

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Market Structure and Quality of Service: Investigating Oligopolies and the Quality of Nursing Home Care in California During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Tessa Ireton
Department: Economics

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Visualizing Concepts: Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) visuals synthesized from semantic vectors, Alayt Abraham Issak
Department: Art and Art History; Mathematics

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“Yes, I Do Play Like A Girl”: Sports Media and Gendered Representation of the 2016 USA Olympic Basketball Teams, Maria Janasko
Department: Communication Studies

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Layer up: An investigation of yeast flocculation in the context of genetic, environmental, and cell wall composition effectors, Brieanna Jarrell
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Investigation of Autophagy: Modeling the Cellular Responds to the Undernutrition Condition, Haoyu Jiang
Department: Biology

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Information Processing in Acquisition Announcements: Reframing the Efficient Market Hypothesis, Levi Johnson
Department: Business Economics

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Internet Accessibility and Usage in Relation to Political Participation and Knowledge, Nia Johnson
Department: Political Science

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Polymicrobial Competition: Bacteria and Fungi Compete Using a Unique Toxin Secreted Through the Type VI Secretion System, Olivia Johnson
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Atmosphere of Words: Clinical Considerations and Practices of Speech-Language Pathologists Regarding the Use of Speech-Generating Devices for Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Rhiannon N. Johnson
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Did I Do That? Trade Effects on Player-Team Relationships, DeShaun Jones
Department: Business Economics

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Conserving America: A History of America’s Conservation Movement and the Establishment of the National Park Service, Jack Jones
Department: History

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Just War Theory and Cyber Warfare, Orlando Jones
Department: Philosophy

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Political Identity Rules: Support of Renewable Energy Jobs and Attitudes on Soil Conservation in Northeastern Ohio, Leah H. Jorn
Department: Environmental Studies

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A Review of the Treatments of Anxiety Disorders Within the Adolescent Population, Jessica L.M. Kamen
Department: Neuroscience

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Accurately Predicting Soccer Games In English Premier League Using Ordered Probit Models and Artificial Neural Networks, Shivam K C
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science