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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Dragon Nest: Immersive Experience Design, Mika Yonaha
Department: Art and Art History; Computer Science; Theatre and Dance

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Alien Sunsets on Tumbling Asteroid_Fish Yu, Yang Yu
Department: Physics

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Subjective Well-Being and the Influence of Parasocial Relationships on Risky Behaviors, Nyla Zak
Department: Psychology

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Tracing the Evocation and Conceptual Transformation of Geisha Across Japanese Modernity, Shahroz Zaman
Department: History

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Investigation of Para-Aminobenzoic Acid's Photodegradation in Different pH Environments under UVB Light, Jingyi Zhou
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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Exclusive Nationalist Rhetoric Can Reduce Ethnic Representation in Government: Why Nationalist Rhetoric Matters, Samuel J. Zimmerman
Department: Political Science

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Where to Start? An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Familiarity with and Knowledge of the AAC Assessment Process and the Variables Evaluated in the Process, Mila Zunich
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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2020 Summer Stories: Personal Narrative, Sensemaking, and Memory During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Delaney Zuver
Department: Communication Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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So Our Children Can Fly Free: Toni Morrison Challenging a Biased American Literary Tradition and Monolithic Portrayals of Blackness Through African American Discourse, Sofia Abdirizak
Department: English

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On The Relative Long-Term Future Importance of Investments in Economic Growth and Global Catastrophic Risk Reduction, Pedro Adami Oliboni
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Don’t Worry, Nobody Actually Cares: A Study of Consumer Generated Stories on Social Media, Madison Adamo
Department: Psychology

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The DAPL Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: The Relationship Between Children’s Political Interest, Ethnic-Political Socialization, and the Draw-A-Political-Leader Task, Dzifa A. Adjei
Department: Psychology

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Canned Talk Amidst Cornstalks: Analyzing Connections Between Rhetorical Frames in Renewable Energy Policy and Elazar’s Political Culture Categories in Three Great Plains States., Robert Agle
Department: Political Science

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Investigation of the Effect of the Gut Microbiome on Activity of Drosophila Melanogaster, Lauren E. Ahmann
Department: Biology

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The Timekeeper's Compass, James M. Alltop
Department: English

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Venom Self-Degradation: Active Peptide Breakdown by A. compressa Neprilysin to Facilitate Hypokinesia, James M. Alltop
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Revisiter le pouvoir de la propagande et les répercussions de l'imagerie haineuse : The Impact of Propaganda Cartoons on the Perpetration of Sexual Violence during the Rwandan Genocide, Nela Aluwihare
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Political Science

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Machine Learning Playoff Predictions: Predicting the Football Greats, Robert Alvarez
Department: Computer Science

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Using Gaia DR2 to Observe Stellar Streams and Dark Matter Distribution in the Milky Way, Abigail E. Ambrose
Department: Physics

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Painting With Dead Fish: A Study of Phenotypic and Genetic Differences in Ossification Across Betta Morphs, Elizabeth S. Anderson
Department: Biology

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Who Will Be Crowned King of Europe? A Predictive Model for the Uefa Champions League, Zacharias Andreou
Department: Mathematics

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Making a Murderer : Examining Portrayals of the Police and Judicial System in the True Crime Genre, Michael Appel
Department: Communication Studies

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Divine Madness: Examining Love Through a Philosophical Lens, Hannah Appleman
Department: Philosophy

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Battle for Blood: A Study of the Effects of Halymorpha Halys Volatiles on Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes, Fiona Yaaba Armoo
Department: Biology

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Combining Phenomenology and Moral Particularism: A Trilemma of Moral Truth, Alejandro Arriaga
Department: Philosophy

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I Made This With My Hands, Andrea Arts
Department: Art and Art History

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The Impact of Trade with the Regional Hegemon, China, on ASEAN Countries by Examining Their Behavior on International Arena, Ryoko Asakuma
Department: Global and International Studies

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Holding Hands with a Privatized Care Industry: The Paradoxical Relationship Between the Motives of Senior Care Workers and the Bureaucratic and Market-Oriented Structures in which They Are Embedded, Katherine H. Atwell
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Everybody SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS: An Analysis of the Factors that Influence the Risk Perception of Autism and Measles, and Their Effects on Medical Decisions, Nina-Simone Avery
Department: Psychology

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The Correlation between Learner Autonomy and Cognitive Flexibility, Haohang Bai
Department: Psychology

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Impact of CXXC Motif Variation on the Function of the Yeast Thioredoxin Trx2, Morgan Bailey
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Using Monte Carlo Simulations to Study the Effects of Subsidies on the Market-Share of Electric-Vehicles, Yash Bajaj
Department: Economics; Computer Science

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Monet and the Western Kimono: The Creative Reasoning and Critical Legacy of La Japonaise, Katarina Margaret Baltisberger
Department: Art and Art History

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What Factors Affect the Perceptions of Higher Education Among the Hispanic Communities?” Do Hispanics Think That Higher Education Is a Reality or a Dream? and Why Do They Think So?, Fabio Barreto
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Cinema, Memory, and the Russian State: Representation of the Past in Contemporary Russian Film, John Costley Barrow IV
Department: History

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Video Games’ Impact on Feelings of Aggression: Failure to Acknowledge the Obvious Scapegoat, Nick Barto
Department: Psychology

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Are We There Yet? The Effect of Cognitive Load on Working Memory in Driving Contexts, Gregory R. Bell
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Cross-Platform Gaming and Multihoming in a Two-Sided Market: A Focus on the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Generation of the Video Game Industry, Matthew Bellovich
Department: Business Economics

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Descendants of Jori, Emily H. Bernstein
Department: English

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Tranquilities: Three Works by Kate Bertrand, Kate Anne Bertrand
Department: Music

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The Spiral of Silence: A Study of the Political Climate on the College of Wooster Campus, Blair Besancon
Department: Communication Studies

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Pedagogía Política: Un análisis de la enseñanza de la dictadura de Pinochet y los derechos humanos en Chile, Emily Elizabeth Xiubei Beuter
Department: History; Spanish

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Analysis of Salmonella and Listeria Localization in a Hydroponic System and the Effects of pH Reduction on Pathogenic Growth, Michelle Biksey
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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East vs. West: A Study of Orientalist Tropes in Sports Journalism, Benjamin R. Blotner
Department: English

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Bad neighbors: Do race and income affect how close people live to industrial sites?, Sarah P. Bonnelle-Roberts
Department: Geology

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Empty Stadiums, Empty Promises: A Study of the Impact of Mega-Sporting Events on the Civil Unrest of the Host Country, Brandon D. Borges
Department: Political Science

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“One Identity at a Time”: A Content Analysis on Race, Gender, and Family Dynamics in the 2017 Series “One Day at a Time”, Bailey N. Bradshaw
Department: Communication Studies

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A New Generation Rising Like the Sun, but Who Directs the Light?: An Analysis of the Sunrise Movement’s Meteoric Rise and Limited Scope, Benjamin J. Bridgman
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Seminal Fluid-Derived Adipokinetic Hormone (sfAKH) Influences Mating Behavior in Female Aedes aegypti with Observations on Accessory Reproductive Glands, Gemma Briggs
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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From Tweets to Seats: The Rise of Far-Right Parties and Their Use of the 'Us' and 'Them' Message Frame, Chelsea Brown
Department: Political Science

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Predicting Major College Football All-American teams & NFL Draft Value, D'Andre E. Brown
Department: Mathematics

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Project Documerica: How Environmental Photography Captured an Era, Ingrid E. Buckley
Department: History

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Lights, Camera, Busing: An Analysis of Differing Media Perspectives Surrounding the Boston Busing Crisis, Jacob P. Bueter
Department: History

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The Dream Machine, Amelia Burke
Department: English

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I Thought Sharing Was Caring? Examining the Relationship Between Externally Spurred Power-Sharing in Ethnic Civil War and Reoccurring Violence, Emmanuell L. Burton
Department: Political Science

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Finding a Satisfying Way of Healthy Eating – A Diet Model that Cares about Personal Preferences, Tianyi Cai
Department: Mathematics

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"Nothing That I Don't Like:" Gwendolen Harleth's Search for Life Outside the Marriage Plot in Daniel Deronda, Imogen Campbell Hendricks
Department: English

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The Kardashian Voice Effect: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Social Perceptions of the Glottal Fry Register, Emily Cano
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Take a Chill Pill: Examining the Effects of De-Stressing on Pain, Elizabeth L. Carlson
Department: Psychology

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"First the Pain, Then the Rising": Assessing Student Knowledge of Title IX Policies and Procedures at the College of Wooster, Kaci A. Carpenter
Department: Communication Studies

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Determining the Effects of pH on the Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed Reactions of α- and β-pinene oxide, Philip Carter
Department: Chemistry

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An Empirical Analysis of Stochastic Dominance & Markowitz' Mean-Variance Optimization: Contrasting Portfolio Performance over the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Jason Cerniglia
Department: Business Economics

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Get the Lead Out: Evaluating the influence of heavy metal contaminated soils on urban agriculture, Ava Chamberlain
Department: Environmental Studies

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Ecological Niches of Costa Rican Glass Frogs (Centrolenidae) and Evidence of Niche Partitioning and Plasticity, Robert P. Chamberlin
Department: Biology

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Investigation of Phytophthora sojae’s RxLR effectors on the MAPK pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Michelle Chang
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Modern Women in Popular Periodicals and Films in Shanghai, 1920-1930, Churou Chen
Department: History

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The Trials and Corruption of Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamster Union, Adam Clark
Department: History

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Zombie Cockroaches: Emerald Jewel Wasp Venom-Derived Neuropeptide Tachykinin Modulates Neuronal Cells of the American Cockroach, Spencer Michael Coffman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Tactics and Tech of the Pacific Theater: Ingenuity in a New Kind of War, Jacob L. Cohen
Department: History

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The Defense Cannot Rest: The Impact of Funding for Indigent Defense Services on Incarceration Rates, Itala M. Colby
Department: Political Science

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The Atypical Summer '69 Story: The Football War of 1969, William A. Collis
Department: History

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Land Use Change and Its Effect on Eye Size Morphology in Western Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys obtusus, Matthew Thomas Conrad
Department: Biology; Geology

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Impact of Various Degradation Pathways on Ribonucleotide Reductase Inhibitor Hug1 Stability in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Jason N. Constable
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Brew in Advertising: Marketing and the Craft Beer Industry, Ciaran Conway
Department: English

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Ooids of the Middle Jurassic Co-op Creek Limestone Member in the Carmel Formation, Southwestern Utah, Anna M. Cooke
Department: Geology

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Sanitizing Treatments to Common Oral Bacteria Plaque during Oral Surgeries: The Prevention of Growth and Dissociation of Adhesion to Enamel-Like Surfaces, Audrey R. Cordova
Department: Biology

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Redemption of the Gàidhealtachd: The Formation of Highlandism from 1745 to 1822, Isaiah Corso-Phinney
Department: History

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How Minority Candidates' Intersectional Identities Affect Their Use Of Race And Gender Issue Ownership Campaign Strategies, Mary ("Emma") M. Cotter
Department: Political Science

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Sun, Sea, Sand, and Sangria: The Development of Working-class Holiday Experience from the 19th to the 20th Century, Dylan Cox
Department: History

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Born to Fight: The Virtues of Pankratiasts within Pindar's Nemean Odes, Elijah Culley
Department: Classical Studies

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Analysis of Bacteria - Host Interactions between Caenorhabditis Elegans and Unexplored Bacteria, Harrison G. Davenport
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Consequences of Thin-Ideal Media on Women's Body Image and Health, Claire Davis
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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The Effect of the Status of Women on Sexual Violence Against Women, Emily A. Davis
Department: Political Science

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A Study of Avalanches on a Conical Beadpile, Adam Deeley
Department: Physics

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How Do Income Shocks Affect Schooling In Guatemala? Using Household Data To Examine Tradeoffs Between Child Labor And Education, Jorge De Leon
Department: Global and International Studies

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Toxicity Analysis of OGT Inhibitor Et-OSMI-2 Against Strains of E. coli and Pseudomonas, Craig Deng
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Senior Independent Study in Music Composition, Neva Derewetzky
Department: Music

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Sacred Space in a Mundane Place, Reinier B. DesCoteaux
Department: Religious Studies

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Collision Detection in a Top-Down Zombie Shooter, Nathan Devereux
Department: Computer Science

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Differential Expression Analysis of the Nic Cluster and Attempts at Characterizing the Nicab Complexes in the Novel Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway of Bacillus Niacini, Anh Dinh
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Remembering the City: An Augmented Reality Reconstruction of Memory, Power, and Identity in Ho Chi Minh City through Cartography & Architecture, Thuy Dinh
Department: Computer Science; History

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Do Professional Sport Franchises Help Public Welfare or Their Own Pockets? A Study Analyzing Corporate Social Responsibility in Professional Sports Through the NFL, Caelan Doherty
Department: Economics

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El español en contacto con el maya: Un análisis de las actitudes e identidades lingüísticas de los kaqchikeles en San Jorge la Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala, Tristan Donohoe
Department: Spanish

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Thoughts and Prayers or Policy and Action?: The Role Interest Groups Play in Firearms Legislation, Abigail G. Donohue
Department: Political Science

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Out of the Vat: A Collection of Poems, Alexander E. Doone
Department: English

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Impact of Tsa1 Subcellular Localization on its Biological Function, Daniel Dorman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Barely Scratching the Surface: Examining the Relationship between Carotenoid Pigment and Immunity of Betta splendens with Bco1, Samantha B. Draves
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A New Perspective on Poverty Alleviation: Evaluating Microfinance Programs Through Social Impact Indicators, Robert Driscoll
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Art Gallery Problem, Nicole Driver
Department: Mathematics

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Shaping Mindsets for Success: The Effects of Mindset Training on Pre-Service Educators, Amber Dronebarger
Department: Psychology