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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Have You Ever Seen the Rain? An Investigation of the Climatic Variations and the Resulting Changes to Social and Environmental Dynamics at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Melissa Dods
Department: Archaeology; Earth Sciences

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Exploring a Role for Dif1 in Promoting Genomic Stability, Nikhil Mukund Dole
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Hacking Lowry: Examining User Interface Design in the Development of an iOS Application, Caroline R. Dres
Department: Computer Science

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The Effects of Imposter Feelings, Social Support, Perceived Discrimination, and SES on Self-efficacy, Darryl Dugans
Department: Psychology

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An Examination of the Impact of Student Loan Debt on Retirement Savings for the Millennial Generation, Reece Dupler
Department: Business Economics

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Étude sur l'inégalité linguistique au Canada et ses répercussions au sein des communautés francophones, Bailey Eckerle
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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Location, Location, Location: The Expansion of the Lexington Public Library from 1795-2019, Robin Emmons
Department: History

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Spacetime Engineering: Time-Slowing Space-Expanding Lunchbox, Haidar Esseili
Department: Physics; Mathematics

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The Mechanisms of Memory: Britain’s Remembrance and Forgetfulness of the British Raj in World War Two, Essam Farah
Department: History

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“Marblescape of Memory”: An Examination of Aesthetics, Identity Construction, and Museum Display through the Appropriation of Ancient Greek Sculpture in Neoclassical England, Presley Feezell
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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“Germinating the Future Through Sustainable Architecture”: An Ethnographic Study of a Sustainable House of Worship, Jackson McCamic Feinknopf
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Who Do You Know Here?” A Qualitative and Comparative Study of the LGBTQ+ Community and Their Safety in Religious Spaces, Connor Ferreri
Department: Religious Studies

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The Effects of Environmental Enrichment on a Rodent Model of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Role of Senescence in Alzheimer Pathology, Emma N. Fikse
Department: Neuroscience

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When Science and Art Collide: Learning the Methods Like a Scientist in Order to Break the Rules Like an Artist, Marissa Bailey Fiume
Department: Art and Art History; Biology

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Tabletop to Desktop: Creating Game Flow, Derrick Florence
Department: Computer Science

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E Unibus Pluram: Investigating the Differences in Political Participation Among the Religiously Unaffiliated in the US, Emma Folkenroth
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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Adapting the Photocyclization Isomerization of 2-Acetylbenzaldehyde into 3-Methylphthalide to a Continuous Flow System, Colin Ford
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of Phytophthora Sojae’s RXLR Effectors Effect on the MEKK1/MAPK Pathway, Justin Fox
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Effective Mentor: Non-Parental Mentorship and the Outcomes Across Adolescence, Oriana Freeman
Department: Psychology

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The Identification and Characterization of a Halophilic UvrD Homologue and its Incorporation into Helicase Dependent Amplification (Corrected), Devin Frisby
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Spiraling into Control: Spiral Density Wave Structure of Gaia DR2 Galactic Radial Velocities, Chase A. Fuller
Department: Physics

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Deep Reinforcement Learning in Self-Driving Car Systems, Eric Michael Gabriel
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Science Perspectives and Stories: A Journey of Growth and Maturity Through the Multifaceted Machine of Science, Sara Garcia
Department: Biology; English

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Comical Thinking: Connecting Working Memory to Visual Narrative Comprehension, Ben Garnitz
Department: Psychology

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An Emerging Amphibian Fungal Pathogen: Long Term Monitoring in Wooster Memorial Park and Infection Dynamics Across 21 Ohio Counties, Jesse N. Garrett-Larsen
Department: Biology

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Examining How Social Perception and Society Affect the Construction of Self-Identites Among Documented and Undocumented Latinx Young Adults in the Trump Era, Maria E. Garza
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Gold Mine or Bronze Bust: Analysis of the Impact of Fiscal Policy Expansion during the Olympic Games on Income Inequality, Cameron Jeffrey Gelwicks
Department: Economics

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Recoloring the Past: An Analysis of How Damien Chazelle Blends Traditional Musical Elements With Contemporary Values and Techniques in his 2016 Film 'La La Land', Gabe Gerry
Department: Communication Studies; Film Studies

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Influence of Altered Ribonucleotide Reductase Inhibitor Degradation on Genomic Instability in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Anna L. Gibbs
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Mosquito Diversity and Blood-feeding Patterns in a Dry Tropical Forest in Costa Rica, Patrick Gilkey
Department: Biology

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Cyberwarfare, Information Warfare, and Military Force: The Impact of Hybrid Warfare on the Practice of Democracy in Target States, Adam S. Gillmor
Department: Political Science

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Functions of Bounded Variations and Their Properties, Thomas Gin
Department: Mathematics

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Sybil's Travels, Maria Sophia T. Giordano-Scott
Department: English

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Mothering Without Ownership, Gabrielle Girard
Department: Religious Studies

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Characterization of Fatty Acid Desaturase and Elongase Expression in Meleagris gallopavo using RT-qPCR Analysis, Andrew Irving Gold
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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It Should be a No-Brainer: Higher Education Institutions' Accommodations for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Danielle Golden
Department: Communication Studies

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Elucidating the Impact of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Hawaii: An Interdisciplinary Study Involving Chemical Detection and Aquatic Toxicology, Christopher Good
Department: Chemistry

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After the Shooting Stops: The Effect of Infrastructure Destruction on Long-Term Population Health, Christina M. Gorey
Department: Interdepartmental

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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Population in Ohio over Time with a Focus on the Melanistic Color Morph, Weston Gray
Department: Biology; History

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Sputnik, The Beep-Beep-Beep Heard Around the World: An Analysis of the Orbital Trajectory of Sputnik and its Reception in the Soviet Union, Gillian Gregory
Department: Mathematics; Russian Studies

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Healthcare Decisions in the Arctic, Emma Griffith
Department: Global and International Studies

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Rights, Naturally: An Examination of Natural Rights Philosophy in Constitutional Thought and Decision Making, Jordan Griffith
Department: History; Political Science

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A Boolean Model of Contact Inhibition of Proliferation, Eric C. Guberman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Does China’s Involvement in Foreign Aid in Underdeveloped African States Result in Developmental Growth?, Cornelius Gyamfi
Department: Global and International Studies

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From the Depths: Impacts of the H.L. Hunley, Kolten Del Hainsey
Department: History

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Ethics in Computing, David Edward Hale
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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'Independent Minds, Dreaming Together': The Role of Discrimination in Producing Group Consciousness Among Racial Minorities in the U.S., Nicholas Hall
Department: Political Science

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America’s Best Idea: Arguing for Bears Ears National Monument Through Leopold’s Land Ethic, Olivia Hall
Department: Earth Sciences; Philosophy

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History = Change Over Time: Potential Adaptations for Three Contemporary Northeast Ohio Historical Societies, Marissa Hamm
Department: History

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An Analysis of Fractures around the Sevier Fault Zone near Orderville, Utah, Charley H. Hankla
Department: Geology

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iFelt it: The use of flannel boards and iPad technology for hands-on vocabulary learning in early childhood, Hayley C. Hardcastle
Department: Communication Studies

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Traces of an Unknowable Past: A Literary Investigation of Intergenerational Guilt and Trauma in Southern Identity, Nathaniel A. Harling
Department: English

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“How Do You Make a Body Accountable for Its Language, Its Positioning?”: An Analysis of the Construction of Racial Identity Through Language, Kaitlyn Harrison
Department: English

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Grand Slam for Gender Equality? Renée Richards, the History of Gender Testing in Sport and Trans Participation in Professional Tennis and Professional Sport, Matthew Harris-Ridker
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Who Runs the World? An Analysis of the Internal Dynamics of International Organizations and Their Impact on the Ability of Women to Attain High-Level Leadership Positions, Sabrina K. Harris
Department: Political Science

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The Effects of Brief Mindfulness Meditation on Attention in the Attentional Network Task, Victoria Hartley
Department: Psychology

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National Rifle Association Member Mobilization And Senate Roll-Call Voting On Gun Control Legislation, Matthew Hartzell
Department: Political Science

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Love at First Swipe: The Accuracy of First-Impression Personality Judgements in the Realm of Mobile Dating Apps, Sophie Elizabeth Hawkins
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Educational Media on Preschoolers’ Cognitive Empathy, Shogo Hayashi
Department: Psychology

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"Come for a Day or Come to Stay": An Intertextual Spatial Analysis of the Constitutive Rhetoric of the Twelve Tribes, Daniel Hazlitt
Department: Communication Studies

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Artificial Light at Night Has No Effect on Depressive-Like Behavior or Maternal Care Behaviors in Sprague Dawley Rats, Megan A. Healy
Department: Biology

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Rethinking Humans Through Genetic Enhancement: The Ethics of Choosing Children, Lizzy Hemann
Department: Philosophy

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The Role of Arginine Kinase in the Cilia of Paramecium, Jasmine Herd
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Casualties of War: An in Depth Look at the Responses to Government Induced Trauma, Jordan Nicole Heusner-Wilkinson
Department: Theatre and Dance

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L’Image Coloniale: Representations of Sub-Saharan Africans in Primary School Textbooks and Children’s Literature During France’s Third Republic, 1870-1914, Olivia Holland
Department: French and Francophone Studies; History

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Production Changes within NBA Player Contract Cycles and the Impact on Franchise Success, Charles R. Holt
Department: Business Economics

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More Than Your Grade: How Implicit Theories of Intelligence and Academic Contingent Self-Worth Shape Self-Esteem after Failure or Success Feedback, Corey Ellen Holt
Department: Psychology

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Talking Red White and Blue: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Polarization and Congressional Floor Speech, Dawson Patrick Honey
Department: Political Science

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Phyllis Schlafly’s Lasting Legacy: Discovering Continuity in Women’s Anti-Era Writings, Annabelle Hopkins
Department: Political Science; History

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The Erosion of the Professional Housewife Model: Changing Marriage and Career Aspirations of Japanese University-Educated Women, Rachel Erika Ho
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Signing in the Margins: Manifestations of Professional Identity and Creative Agency in Viking Age Oval Brooches, Ellie Howell
Department: Archaeology

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Covered Asians: An Examination of Asian-Americans on American Magazine Covers from 2012-2018, Nicholas T. Huang
Department: Communication Studies

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Darkness? In My Dungeon? It's More Likely Than You Think: Exploring the Lovecraftian Horror Within Darkest Dungeon, Jason Huggler
Department: English

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Determining the Accuracy of GALFIT in Morphology Measurement of Galaxies from Image Analysis, Vincent W.H. Hui
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Difficulties of Modeling Virtual Water Using Gravity Models, Hope Hunter
Department: Mathematics

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Searching for the “Icelandic Madness”! An Investigation of Factors Influencing Individual Motivation and Team Success in Intercollegiate Athletics, Madalyn Ireton
Department: Psychology

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Decomposing the Nearby NGC 720 Galaxy, Benjamin I. Jenkins
Department: Physics

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中国古典四大名著女人的形象: 三打白骨精和貂蝉的故事, Benjamin I. Jenkins
Department: Chinese Studies

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The Impact of Electronic Word of Mouth (e-WOM) on Product Sales, Jiaxin Jiang
Department: Business Economics

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An Investigation on the Effect of Mortgage Rate on the United States Housing Price Using the Vector Autoregressive Regression Model, Qiushi Jin
Department: Business Economics

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Analysis of Photo-Physicochemical Properties and Stabilities of Alizarin and Purpurin, Yukun Jin
Department: Chemistry

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Modeling of a Passive Sampler Based on Swellable Organically-Modified Silica, Gabriela F. Jocas
Department: Chemistry

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This Fool's Heart: A Collection For the Hell of It, Kristopher Johns
Department: English

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‘False Frenchwoman’: William Shakespeare’s Reinterpretation of Powerful Female Historical Figures in the Reign of Elizabeth I, Rebecca Giver Johnston
Department: English; History

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The Effects of Biased Auditory Sex Ratios on Ejaculation Parameters in Healthy Human Males (Homo sapiens)., Harper Jones
Department: Biology; Psychology

The Electric State, Erin R. Joseph
Department: Music

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Anger and the Other-Race Effect in a Recognition Memory Task, Melanie F. Kacin
Department: Neuroscience

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Six of One, Une Demi-Douzaine de L’Autre: Detecting Cross-Language Code-Switching in a Continuous Narrative, Melissa Kadish
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Psychology

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Characterization of Metallothionein-2 (mt2) and Rad51 (rad51) as Potential Biomarkers for Cadmium Toxicity in Betta splendens, Kenneth A. Kalikasingh
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Mark: A Novella and Screenplay Adaptation, Alexandra J. Kangas
Department: English; Film Studies

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Project Blue Line: A Study of Organizational Culture and Leadership Within U.S. City and College Police Departments, Tanner Kaplan
Department: Communication Studies

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The Impact of Austerity Measures on Gender Inequality in Europe, Magia Karagianni
Department: Economics

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Ecological and Social Drivers and Impacts of Farm Diversification in Northern and Central Ohio, Remi Katayama
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Process of Mending: A Cathartic Exploration of Personal, Social, and Familial Relationships, Reagan N. Kazyak
Department: Art and Art History

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Evaluating President Trump's use of Tariffs and the U.S. Trade Deficit, Hubert Kdayssi
Department: Business Economics

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Determinants of Latinx Patients’ Perceptions of Trust in their Physicians at the Primary Health Care Level, Emani J. Kelley
Department: Psychology

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"What's Sex Got to Do with It?": Deconstructing Audre Lorde's Theory of the Erotic in the Works of Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston, Sally Kershner
Department: English

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The Neutrality Dilemma: The Influence of Humanitarian Neutrality within Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross, Bronwen Kessler
Department: Global and International Studies

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Effects of Uncertainty on Firm’s Financial Leveraging, Ishmam R. Khan
Department: Business Economics

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The Effect of a Placebo introduced as a Cognitive Stimulant on Working Memory in Humans, as reflected by the P300 ERP Amplitude, Suriah Khan
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology