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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Cheat Detection using Machine Learning within Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Harry Dunham
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Relation of Personality and Communication Traits on Responses Against Microaggressions, Gustavo Duran
Department: Communication Studies

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“Sometimes You Want to Just Run Away”: Participation and Mobilization of the New Sanctuary Movement, Elyse Echegaray
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Commercializing Lifestyles: An Analysis of Lifestyle Brand Identities and Consumer Engagement in Post-War Mass Media, Daniel Engel
Department: Communication Studies; History

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The Palm Oil Industry - Destructive or Sustainable? Defining Sustainable Palm Oil, Henry Epling
Department: Environmental Studies

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Wash Your Hands, You Filthy Animals! An Exploration of the Presence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Non-Clinical Settings, Ana R. Fairbanks-Mahnke
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Investigation of the Counseling Strategies Used by Pediatric Audiologists from the Perspective of Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Morgan Renee Faldowski
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Creating Capital in the Creative Capital: A Case Study on the Neighborhood Level Impact of Creative Placemaking in Providence, RI, Emily G. Farmer
Department: Urban Studies

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Pope Pius XII and Moral Ambiguity, Ryan D. Farrell
Department: History

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Wood, Paper, and Glue: Studying the Book Beyond Its Bindings, Jack R. Felch
Department: Art and Art History

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Optimizing Crop Rotations and Pest Management Strategies in Agriculture, Madeleine Ferguson
Department: Mathematics

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Cashing In On Kaepernick: A Visual Ideological Analysis of the Commodification of Racial Equity and Inclusion in Nike's "Equality" and "Just Do It" Advertising Campaigns, Ben Ferling
Department: Communication Studies

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Sustainability and Stock Market Returns: A Study of the Impact of ESG Scores on Stock Returns in the Energy Industry and Overall Market, Evan Ferrara
Department: Business Economics

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Kindred Ideologies: Fascism and Communism in Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate, Joseph Ferraro
Department: Russian Studies

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In Your Orbit, Sara Fikse
Department: English

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This Whole Period Thing is Cramping My Style: A Quantitative Study of Tampon Advertisements' Portrayal of the Female Identity, Catherine Fiorito
Department: Communication Studies

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It's Ringing and I Can't Make it Stop! An Investigation of Audiologists' use of Tinnitus Counseling Techniques, Heather B. Foust
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Students With and Without Learning Disabilities: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status, Perceived Academic Support, Stress, and Self-efficacy on Academic Success, Helen H. Francis
Department: Psychology

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Meaningful Military Experiences: A Look Into Congressional Members Who Have Served in Combat, Daniel Grant Fraser
Department: Political Science; History

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Using the Protein Cross-Linker Divinyl Sulfone to Identify the Putative Client Proteins of Protein Disulfide Isomerases and Its Effects on ER Homeostasis, Benjamin Freije
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Von Star Trek Zu Harry Potter: How the World of German Slash Fanfiction Handles Gender and Sexuality in Harry Potter and Twilight Slash Fiction, Destiny French
Department: German Studies

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Caenorhabditis elegans' Use of Apoptosis in the Immune Response to Pseudomonas Bacterial Infections, Daniel Gail
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Investigation of Parental Perceptions Regarding Cultural Support Provided by Audiologists for Bilingual Latino Families, Emily Gamez
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Bridging the Identity Gap: Predictors of Closeness in Intercultural Friendships between International and American Domestic Students, Isabelle Gangloff
Department: Psychology

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A Concrete Asylum: How the Issue of Immigration Embodies the European Union's External Identity Crisis, Nicholas Groves Gargaro
Department: History

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A Mathematical Analysis of the Game of Santorini, Carson Clyde Geissler
Department: Mathematics

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Let’s Get Moving: The Social & Cognitive Benefits of Exercise on Adolescents With Level 1 (Mild) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Payton Gennett
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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The Influence of Genuine and Artificial Plants on Cognitive Performance Tasks, Holly Geraci
Department: Psychology

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The Short and Long Term Impacts of a Safari Park Visit on Guests Environmental Attitude and Behaviors, Lila B. E. Gibson
Department: Psychology

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Conspicuousness of Dissosteira Carolina Against Varying Environmental Backgrounds Using Avian Predator and Conspecific Insect Visual Modeling, Frederick R. Gilbert
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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An Extrovert and an Individualist Walk into a Bar: Cultural Influence on the Relationship between Personality and Humor Styles, Aishu S. Giriraju
Department: Psychology

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Reigniting the Flame of Purpose: Exploring the Unique Open-Ended Interactive Narrative of Dark Souls, Nicholas Godsey
Department: Communication Studies

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Breaking AI: When Even Google Fails, Erika Goetz
Department: Computer Science

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Pushing the Limits of a Raspberry Pi, Reid Thomas Golnik
Department: Computer Science

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A Frog and a Bromeliad: Exploring a Potential Nutritive Plant-Animal Mutualism Between Oophaga Pumilio and Bromeliads, Mackenzie Goltz
Department: Biology

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Saying "Yes," East and West: A Comparative Analysis of Meaning and Affirmation in Nietzsche and Mahayana Buddhism, Scott Gordon
Department: Philosophy

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A Geochemical Study of Bræðravirki Ridge (Western Volcanic Zone, Iceland) Reveals Regional Glaciovolcanic Variations and Complex Tindar Construction, Hannah Grachen
Department: Geology

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Greenbean Comics: An Independent Study!!!, Samantha Green
Department: English

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I'm Going to Kill Myself, but it's Fine: Creating and Performing Characters in Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis, Seth Green
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Behavioral Effects of Human Tau Expression and Sleep Deprivation on Drosophila melanogaster, Benjamin R. Gregoire
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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The Effect of the Antioxidant Supplement, Protandim, on a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease, Jennifer Grossmann
Department: Neuroscience

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Banksy’s New York State of Mind: A Visual Critique of Banksy’s 2018 New York Art as Social Protest by Means of Culture Jam, Megan E. Gross
Department: Communication Studies

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To Know, to Care, and, to Educate: Examining the Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions in Improving Saving Behavior, Anushkaa Gupta
Department: Economics; Psychology

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Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN: The Economic and Locational Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in the Context of Indonesia, Jason P. Gustely
Department: Economics

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No Need to Stress: The Effects of Protandim Supplementation on Counteracting Oxidative Stress via the Nrf2 Pathway, Kelsey Taylor Hall
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Mosquitoes Bloody Suck!: Identifying Potential Vectors and Non-Human Hosts of Mosquito-Borne Pathogens in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Emma R. Hambright
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Promoting Diversity: Sequencing The Melanocortin 1 Receptor (Mc1r) Promoter in Northeast Ohio Eastern Grey Squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis), Alyssa Hamm
Department: Biology

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Keeping Them In Their Place: How American Party Leaders Harness Intraparty Factions, Alexander R. Hancock
Department: Political Science

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Awake, Waverly Swan Hart
Department: English

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Scottish Plays and Media: An Excavation of Sottish Identity, Darian A. Harvey
Department: Theatre and Dance

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A Change in the Broadcasting Structure of Major League Baseball: An Empirical Analysis on the Determinants that affect Television Revenue, Daniel John Harwood
Department: Business Economics

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Vertical Integration for Innovation: Understanding Startup Acquisitions from Organizational Economic, Resource-Based and Strategic Perspectives, Connor W. Hawkins
Department: Business Economics

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The Hormonal and Behavioral Effects of Acute Nutritional Stress on Female Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata), Dakota Shaw Hayes
Department: Biology

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Explaining the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity: An Analysis of Farmers' Land Tenure Security in Rural Ghana., Efua Hayford
Department: Economics

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“Big Time” College Sports: Amateurism, Exploitation, and Predicting Attitudes Regarding Student-Athlete Compensation, Malik Jordan Hearst
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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Progress in Characterizing a Novel Root Exudate: Differential gene expression of Bacillus niacini DSM 2993 in Response to Nicotinic Acid through RNA-seq, Noah S. Helton
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Examining the Effects of Observational Learning Versus Coaching/Feedback on a Basketball Free Throw Shot, Danyon M.R. Hempy
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Vocal Sex Ratios and Sex on The Judgement of Sex Ambiguous Morphed Faces, Carlos Hernandez
Department: Psychology; Spanish

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La Libertad y Sus Acontecimientos: Un Enfoque En el Existencialismo y el Uso de la Libertad Dentro de Artefactos Culturales, Carlos A. Hernandez
Department: Psychology; Spanish

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Slender Waists and Coral Lips: An Examination of Gender Construction in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tales, Isadora M. Hetrick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Hidden Curriculum: Understanding the Impact of Emotional Labor on Elementary School Teachers’ Self Identities, Stephanie Hilton
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Delete Your Account: A Methodological Investigation of Leadership Trait Analysis and Its Ability to Utilize Twitter as Spontaneous Material, Jimmy Hinton
Department: Political Science

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Identifying Host Processes Targeted by Phytophthora sojae Effector Protein PsAvh172 Using Synthetic Lethality, Hannah Hirsch
Department: Biology

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Boy Meets War: A Critical and Creative Analysis of Civilian Masculinities in Britain During the Second World War, Savanna Hitlan
Department: History

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1997 Korean Currency Crisis: Its Causes, Resolution and Social Impacts, Pyeongan Hong
Department: Global and International Studies

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Identification of the Photoproducts of UVB Irradiated Warfarin in an Aqueous Environment, Rebecca N. Hopkins
Department: Chemistry

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I Got Rhythm How 'Bout You?: An Investigation of the Impact of Rhythm on Word Retrieval, Christian Howard-Smith
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Neuroscience

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The Role of Dissosteira Carolina (Band-Winged) Grasshopper Visual Acuity in Communicative Signaling During Courtship, Vienna Leigh Howard
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Environmental Enrichment and Antioxidant Supplementation on an Alzheimer’s Disease Rodent Model, Alison Hsu
Department: Neuroscience

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Beat Box: The Application of MIDI & and Game Design in Hip-Hop Education, Brodie Collen Hufnagel
Department: Computer Science

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Songs, Storytellers, and Science: An Examination of Long-Distance Interaction in the Cook Islands, Cyrus Hulen
Department: Archaeology

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Has Fama’s Efficient Market Hypothesis been Proven False Due to High Frequency Traders?, Nicholas Hull
Department: Business Economics

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Computer Vision Gesture Recognition for Rock Paper Scissors, Nicholas Hunter
Department: Computer Science

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Exploring Peptidoglycan Synthesis: Assessing the Viability of NagZ as a Potential Tool for Obtaining Lipid I, Robert Hunt
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Computational Analysis of PsAvh172 Data to Investigate the Targets of Phytophthora sojae in Soybean Host A Hierarchical Clustering Evaluation of Yeast RNA-Seq Data, Vi Huynh
Department: Mathematics; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Theory of Fire Service Provision: With an empirical analysis of response time, suppression time, and service output, Hyong-gu Hwang
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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The Deterioation of Public Opinion in the Vietnam and Iraq War, Tyler Iversen
Department: Political Science; History

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Ecologically relevant cooling early in life does not affect expression of neophobia in zebra finch chicks (Taeniopygia guttatta), Anna James
Department: Biology

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“All Bodies Are Good Bodies”: How Anti-Diet Culture Activists Use Instagram to Challenge Diet Culture Norms, Miranda James
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Investigating the Effects of Chronic Corticosterone Exposure During the Weanling Phase of Rattus Norvegicus on Adult Learning and Memory Function, Dina Jamshidi
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Managing Inventory: A Study of Databases and Database Management Systems, Jemal M. Jemal
Department: Computer Science

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The Symbolist Inheritance of the Celtic Revival (1880-1930): Female Illustrators and Printmakers as Codifying Agents of Irish Visual Expression, Claire M. Jennings
Department: Art and Art History

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Yijing and Its Mathematical Thinkings, Yifan Jiang
Department: History; Mathematics

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Contested Commemoration: The Relationship Between Politics and the Memorialization of the Second World War in Polish Literature, Cinema, and Museums (1945-Present), Alexandria Joyner
Department: History

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Phase Memory of Photos, William C. Julius
Department: Physics

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The Power of a Story: The Impact of Bibliotherapy on Children's Perceptions of Peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nell L. Kacmarek
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Education

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The Continuation of Violence: Analyzing the Retraumatization of Incarcerated Survivors of Domestic Violence and Evaluating the Potential of a “Trauma-Informed” Prison Model, Eliana Kahn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Radical World of Aerosols: Heterogeneous Oxidation of Hydrocarbons by Hydroxyl Radicals using Infrared Spectroscopy, Ethan Kahrl
Department: Chemistry

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Flipping Out: The Influence of the Flipped Classroom on the Student-Teacher Relationship, Connor Kalish
Department: Communication Studies

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Synthesis of Methyl oxirane-2-carboxylate from Acrylic acid for Subsequent Copolymerization of Plant-derived Epoxide Monomers, Minjoo Kang
Department: Chemistry

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Understanding the transcriptional control of a late expressing gene (BV1) of mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV), Sung Won Kang
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Effect of Occupation Human Capital Requirements on Employment and Compensation, Alexander R. Kania
Department: Business Economics

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Investigating Changes in Protein Ubiquitylation following Sleep Deprivation in Drosophila melanogaster, Koral Kasnyik
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Background Matching in Dissosteira carolina: Color Morph and Background Advantage Analyzed Through Humans Modeling Avian Predators, Kamba F. Kayoka
Department: Biology

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Britain First: The British Union of Fascists’ Peace Campaign, 1932-1940, Cormac Kelly
Department: History

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Crossing Boundaries in Vocal Repertoire, Morgan P. Kelly
Department: Music

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Power in the hands of Queens: An analysis of Egyptian queenship through museum representation, Caitlin Kerzan
Department: Classical Studies

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Scanning and Spending: Examining the Impact of Mobile Payment Penetration on the Saving Rate in Contemporary China, Yuxuan Ke
Department: Business Economics; East Asian Studies

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The Effect of Familiarity on Face Processing of the Other-Race Classification Advantage, Nashmia Khan
Department: Neuroscience

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What are My Rites?: Exploring Tahara as a Ritual Process in Judaism, Kaitlyn Khayat
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Religious Studies