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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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The Experience of Black Police Officers and an Examination of whether the Black Community Supports Them, Camryn Pollard
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Application of Machine Learning in Analyzing Organic Compounds from NMR Spectral Data, Nicole Maia Powell
Department: Computer Science

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“The Knight and the Demon”: Intersecting Poetry, Demonology, and the Middle Ages, N Praml
Department: English; History

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What Are Perfect Places, Anyway?: Exploring the New Zealand Government's Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention, Olivia C. Proe
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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As The Looking Glass: An Introspection at Minority and Traumatized Identities, Indigo A. Quashie
Department: Art and Art History

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Whatever Happens Tomorrow, At Least I Existed: A Journey of Self Discovery Through Self-Portraiture, Alexa B. Rakosky
Department: Art and Art History

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Investigating the Selective Advantages and Microenvironmental Requirements of Cellular Clustering Utilizing an Agent-Based Model of Yeast Flocculation, Alyssa N. Ramirez
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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New Space, No Place: Navigating Experiences in a Predominately White Higher Education Institution as Latinx Students, Priscilla Ramos Rico
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Immerse, Sarah Rapacz
Department: English

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Characterization of Substrate Promiscuity for 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase: A Transient Kinetic Investigation of the Decarboxylative-Hydroxylation of 5-Chloro-6-Hydroxynicotinic Acid, Jack Charles Redick
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Parasocial Attachment: Framework and Function, Lydia Reedstrom
Department: Psychology

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A Literature Review in Fish Toxicology: The Impact of Human Made Organic Contaminants in Fish and Their Environments, Lucas P. Rego
Department: Biology

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Protest or Riot?: The Role of News Media in Characterizing the Unrest in Ferguson, Emma Reiner
Department: English; Political Science

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"Pharmageddon": A Rhetorical Analysis of the 21st Century Anti-Vax Movement, Sarah Renaker
Department: Communication Studies

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도시를 떠나 산지를 향해: Mountain Temple Complexes as an Expression of Korean Buddhism, Anthony Eanraig Riggs
Department: Archaeology; Religious Studies

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The Impacts of Antioxidants and Environmental Enrichment on Memory and Learning in an Alzheimer’s Disease Rodent Model, Lexi Riley-DiPaolo
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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Personal Attitudes Towards Clothing and Clothing Choices, Aaron Risch
Department: Psychology

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Resource-Driven Control of Cavity-Nesting Wasp Densities: Importance of Deadwood Density and Plant Resource Heterogeneity, Virginia E. Roberts
Department: Biology

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Helen of Troy? A Reexamination of Helen's Speech in the Iliad, Erin A. Robichaud
Department: History; Classical Studies

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Stressed Is Just Desserts Spelled Backwards: An Investigation Into The Influences On Stressed Eating Behaviors In Undergraduate Students, Maya M. Rodemer
Department: Interdepartmental

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A Data Analytics Approach to Predicting Player Breakouts in Major League Baseball, Carter James Rogers
Department: Mathematics

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Without a Second Thought: An Investigation of the Impact of the Fundamental Attribution Error on Perceptions of a Young Adult Who Stutters, David Roney
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Psychology

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Breaking News: Sustainable Fashion is In and Fast Fashion is Out; Constructions of Sustainable Consumption in Fast Fashion Advertising, Camryn Eve Rosenstein
Department: Communication Studies

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The Hough Rebellion: The Difficulties with Remembering, William G. Ruebsteck
Department: History; Education

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Mycoremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Relation to Urban Agriculture and Food Deserts: A Review, Emma Russell
Department: Environmental Studies

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Action, Adventure, and Artifacts: How Indiana Jones Influences Public Perceptions of Archaeology, Alan Salacain
Department: Archaeology

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Microbial Structures of the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) Carmel Formation, Southwest Utah, William M. Santella
Department: Geology

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CBD Decreases Anxiety in ADHD-like Rat Model: Evidence for an Alternative Treatment Plan, Katie Sarzosa
Department: Neuroscience

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Swipe White: Attitudes and Perceptions of Interracial Relationships, Michelle J. Sayre
Department: Psychology

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Sweet Home Chicago: The Movement of the Blues from Mississippi to Chicago and How that Changed the Music, Andrew D. Scherson
Department: History

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Multi-Step Synthesis of Small Molecules as Potential Inhibitors for MurG, Anna K. Schroeder
Department: Chemistry

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An Analysis on Free-to-Play and Premium Games and Their Effects from Positive Network Externalities and Keeping Up With The Joneses Theories, Zach Dean Schuch
Department: Economics

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Varying Levels of Impulsivity in an ADHD Rodent Model Influences Behavioral Accuracy, Sydney K. Schultz
Department: Neuroscience

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Release Kinetics of Ibuprofen from Swellable Organically Modified Silica by Means of a Non-Active Release Modulator, Louis R. Schwartz
Department: Chemistry

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Equality and Redlining: An Adversarial Relationship Spanning Decades, Artemus Scissum
Department: Political Science

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Eat Your Heart Out: Cannibalism, Incorporation, and Transgression in Contemporary and Traditional Fairy Tales, Kathryn S. Scott
Department: English

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"MIXED-ISH" Exploring the Racial Identity of Black/White Biracial College Students, Keonn Scott
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects of Down-regulated Immune Genes on Neuronal Cell Bodies and Axon Bundle Thickness after an Axonal Injury within the Wing in Drosophila melanogaster, Kera Sells
Department: Neuroscience

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The Apprentice: With Critical Introduction, James P. Shanahan
Department: English

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Stem Cell Research from 1990s – Present: The Development of iPSCs as a Response to Ethical Dilemma Surrounding Extraction of hESCs and Elucidating the Effect of Mechano-sensitivity during the First Differentiation Event of ESCs using Boolean Modeling., Hikmet A. Sherief
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; History

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The Impact of Various Compensation Schemes on Worker Earnings: An Analysis of the Impacts of Piece Rate versus Time Rate, Gabe Sherman
Department: Business Economics

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Energy Conservation: Harnessing Excess Thermal Energy and Converting to Electricity by Use of the Thermoelectric Effect, Katherine Shideler
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Artifacts of Culture: Encounters with Multivocal Objects in Margaret of Austria’s 16th-Century Library, Jonas Short
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Art and Art History

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Finding Stationarity: Integer Vs Fractional Differentiation, Angad Singh
Department: Mathematics

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How Hip Hop Artists Revolutionized Urban Street Fashion and High Fashion While Wearing It on Stage and off Over the Past Three Decades, and How a Designer Use This Research to Create His Authentic Brand., Keetrone Singleton Jr
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The Nurses and Mothering (NAM) Study: Intensive Mothering and the Dual Caregiving Role of Nurse Mothers in the Shadow of the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic, Sabina Beth Skolnick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“Tau be or not Tau be” The Involvement of the Innate Immune Response in Tau Pathology, Christine Rose Slater
Department: Neuroscience

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Whitewashing v. Blackwashing: Structural Racism and Anti-Racist Praxis in Hollywood Cinema, Alyssa M. Smith
Department: Africana Studies

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Is This Music? Poetry, YouTube Memes, and Rap at Commencement, Charlie Smrekar
Department: English; Music

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Mouthful: A Meta-Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance of Helicobacter pylori in Developing Countries, Paige Sogandares
Department: Biology

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Investigation of Fire Propagation using Discrete Tree Simulations., Handeul Son
Department: Physics

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First Responders (Post 9/11) ¿A Quien Acudo? (Marca 9-1-1): Analyzing the Effects of Heightened Immigration Enforcement on Migrant Communities, Legal-Non-Profits, and Community-Based Organizations, Alexis Sotelo
Department: Political Science

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A Thing Is An Essay Without Words: An Essay Collection, Lillie Therese Soukup
Department: English

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I Saw the Sign: A Content Analysis of Media Coverage of the 2017 Houston Astros Cheating Scandal, Stephen W. Spidell
Department: Communication Studies

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Hit or Miss: An Examination of how Free Agency Affects Competitive Balance through the Major League Baseball (MLB) Labor Market, Brett Stern
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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A Whole New Ball Game: Examining How College Basketball Coaches Adapt to Change, John L. Stevens
Department: History

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Implications of Buddhist Monk’s and Olympic Pentathlete’s Diet on Performance in their Respective Fields, Kelsey Anne Stone
Department: Biology; Religious Studies

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Reimagining Injustice Education: An Analysis of Pedagogy in Indigenous Museums, Tara Elizabeth Strauch
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Nativism, Another Word for Racism? A Study of How Anti-Immigrant Sentiments Create Animus Towards the Latinx Community, Elizabeth Suarez
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Ripple Effects in Housing Market in China: Have Central Areas Promoted House Prices in Peripheral Areas in Urban Agglomerations?, Wanting Sun
Department: Business Economics

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Can We Talk About Horses? An Investigation of the Impact of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy on the Frequency of Verbalization for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hayley Swinnerton
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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“Will the dragon come to the aid of the lion?”: Understanding Sino-African ties through the lens of policy implementation, civil society, and Sustainable Development., Kidsena Tafesse
Department: Global and International Studies

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From Peach Baskets to a Global Sport: How the NBA has used Race, Gender, and Corporatization to become a Global Phenomenon, Beausejour James Tally
Department: History

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Now You See Me — Now You Don’t: An Investigation of Hair Alterations Effects on Face Identification in Own- and Other-race Faces, Maresa A. Tate
Department: Neuroscience

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Considering the Context: Screening for the Social Determinants of Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Maya R. Tawil
Department: Biology

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An Exploration of Real-Time Computer Graphics, Morgan Thompson
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Running with Responders: Exploring Anthropological Contributions to Disaster Response and An Ethnographic Study of First Response Culture, Diane Elise Tierney
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Examining the Effects of Negative Attacks on Twitter, Jackson Todd
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of Voice on Recall and Likability, Omar H. Tolentino
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Influence of Mindfulness Meditation on Cognition and Empathy, Torrey D. Totman
Department: Psychology

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Attempted Copolymerization of Epoxides Synthesized from Oleic and Linoleic Acids, An Tran
Department: Chemistry

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Effect Of The Covid Pandemic On Different Sectors Of The US Economy, Duc Hoang Trinh
Department: Business Economics; Statistical and Data Sciences

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Experiences with the Perception of Time in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Kelsi Lee Trivette
Department: Psychology

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There's Something in the Water: A chemical analysis of the Floridan Aquifer System, the Sagamore Aquifer, and the Killbuck Creek Aquifer, S. R. Troen
Department: Earth Sciences

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Colonial Roots: How Colonial Roots are Seen in Education, Entertainment, and Politics, Catalina R. Valdez
Department: Africana Studies

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(DSO)hhh They're an Influencer: An In-depth Analysis of the Social Media Strategies Used by Direct Selling Distributors to Personally Brand Themselves and Build Relationships, Reyka Beth VanSickle
Department: Communication Studies

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Impact of Active Site Motif Mutations on Yeast Thioredoxin 2 Activity, Shayna L. Vicker
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Embracing Latinidad: Expressions of Latinx Culture in The United States, Victor Romario Villanueva
Department: Communication Studies

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Is the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo System Beneficial to Investors?, Brandon David Vincenzo
Department: Economics

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"The Bliss of Solitude": In Search of Fulfilled Single Characters in Seventeenth through Twentieth Century Anglophone and Francophone Literature, Annabelle Vosmeier
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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Fighting for Identity and Autonomy: Cultural Suppression, Political Exclusion, and Violence in Secessionist Conflicts, Shane M. Wallace
Department: Global and International Studies

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Whitewashed: A Look into the Evolution of Race Conversations in American Classrooms, Lily M. Walters
Department: History

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A Whole Other World to See: A Rhetorical and Visual Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children's Literature, Kayla Way
Department: Communication Studies

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The Tel Kabri Wall and Floor Paintings: Microcosms of Mediterranean Middle Bronze Age Trade and Representations of a Canaanite Palatial Economy, Christine Weber
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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The Self in the Context of Social Media, Leslie Weekley
Department: Art and Art History

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Are Olympic Medals Worth Their Weight in Gold? A Political Economy Study of Governmental Financial Commitment to Olympic Teams and Potential Economic Benefits, Theodore Wells
Department: Political Science

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Woo Girls Connect: A Designed Mentoring Program and Guidebook for Middle School Girls, Madison L. Whitman
Department: Environmental Studies

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An Investigation of PIVlab and Avalanches on a Conical Bead Pile, Henry Whyte
Department: Physics

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The Desulfotalea psychrophila Arginine Kinase Seems to Inhibit Myxococcus xanthus Growth Under Environmental Stress, Kathryn Wilbanks
Department: Biology

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Investigating the Role of cAMP in the Sleep Phenotype of the Drosophila Fragile X Syndrome Model, Miura Wiley
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Exploring Spotify Genre Recommendation Systems, Angelo Williams
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Development of a Procedure for the PXRF Analysis of Soil Cation Exchange Capacity in Collaboration with Colorado Farmers, Claire E. Wineman
Department: Geology

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Seeing Red: Investigation of the Color’s Use in Early Baroque Art and Stability Based Upon Pigment Preparation, Lilly Woerner
Department: Chemistry; Art and Art History

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Exploring How Environmental-Musical Context Change Affects Long-Term Memory, Brandon Robert Woolman
Department: Neuroscience

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The Global Ramifications of the Black Lives Matter movement, Perry E. Worthey
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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There's No Place Like Cohousing: A Study of the Location of Cohousing in the United States, Keira Clarke Wright
Department: Urban Studies

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Match-Fixing in Cyprus: Examining the Impact on Fans' Soccer Attendance, Andreas Xenofontos
Department: Economics

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Students’ Interactions in Different School Systems on the Same Campus: A Comparison Between Traditional Chinese High School Students and International Chinese High School Students, Bohao Xia
Department: Communication Studies

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Exoplanets Sunsets, Xinchen Xie
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Investigating the Connection Between Mental Health and Internet Addiction., Sailesh R. Yellayi
Department: Psychology