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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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The Female Perspective: An Investigation Into How the Reconstruction and Efficacy of a Gynecological Fertility Recipe Unveils Female Voice in the Hippocratic Corpus, Randa Elie Abboud
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Classical Studies; History

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A Game Theoretical Analysis of War Situations and International Conflicts., Joaquin Abos
Department: Mathematics

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The Flourishing Financial System: The Foundations of an Economic Doctrine that Promotes Social Equality, Jacob Mansfield Abramo
Department: Philosophy

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La Isla Silenciada: A Study on Puerto Rican Attitudes towards the U.S. Federal Government’s Response to Hurricane Maria and its Impact on Puerto Rico’s Status, Lizbeth Acevedo
Department: Political Science

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Maternal and Infant Factors That Influence Infant Microbiome Composition and Microbial Fucose Utilization, Grace E. Adkins
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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No Evidence of Sexual Selection in Brassica rapa, a Hermaphroditic Plant, Julia Ann Ajello
Department: Biology

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Game Development and The Theory of Game Design, Chantell Abena Akuffo
Department: Computer Science

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The Relationship Between Seed Set and Flowering Time in Autumn Flowering Wingstem (Verbesina Alternifolia) and the Implications of Climate Change, Michael D. Alber
Department: Biology

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Is the Pandemic Racist? Trends in Coronavirus Case Rate and Death Rate in the U.S., Mian Ahsan Ali
Department: Mathematics

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The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic, Paapa Amoako-Temeng
Department: Mathematics

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"Othering" the Irish: English Vilification of the Gaelic Irish during the Tudor Conquest, Owen T. Arace
Department: History

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“Thanks for the Memories, Even Though They Weren’t So Great”: The Relationship Between Chronic Stress and Working Memory in College Students, Carina G. Arnosti
Department: Psychology

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Putting the "Crisis" in "Climate Crisis": The Impact of Securitization on Climate Change Policy, Olivia C. Azzarita
Department: Political Science

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Investigating the Effects of the Phone a STEM Professional Assignment on STEM Students’ Sense of Belonging, Career Confidence, and Career Awareness, Kyla M. Babics
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Antidepressant Effects of Sleep Deprivation Chronotherapy in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats, Rachel Leigh Backstrom
Department: Neuroscience

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What Choice Do I Have? An Investigation into Audiologists' Knowledge about Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss, Meghan Badge
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Educating For Hope: Building Climate Change Resilience in the Middle School Classroom, Cambry J. Baker
Department: Environmental Studies

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Get Schooled: Racial Integration and Political Empowerment in Saint Louis Public Schools, Austrella B. Balley
Department: Political Science

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Simulating Mammalian Liver Homeostasis and the Impact of Senescence, Stuart Ryan Ball
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Measuring properties of entangled photons using the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect, Mili Barai
Department: Physics

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“It Can Happen Here” Der Anstieg und der Fall des Amerikadeutsche Bunds, das 1930er amerikanische nationalsozialistische Bewegung, und seine Deutung in moderne Medien, Sydney Lynn Barger
Department: German Studies

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The Highs and Lows Interpretations of Love and Loss Expressed Through Flute Repertoire, Sydney Lynn Barger
Department: Music

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Boudica and Agrippina: An Analysis of Representation of Female Power in Tacitus and Dio, Morgan Barnett
Department: Classical Studies

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Right Answer, Wrong Language: An Investigation of Dual Language Programs in the United States and the Value of Translanguaging for Emerging Bilinguals, Laura E. Barnhill
Department: Interdepartmental

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Attempted Synthesis of a Bimetallic Cerium-Cerium Catalyst for an Improved Oxidation Method of Alcohols, Alexis Katelyn Bauer
Department: Chemistry

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Sagebrush Rebels: An Analysis of Conservative Anti-Public Lands Movements in the Western U.S. through Resource Mobilization Theory, Jackson Beckerley
Department: Political Science

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Disconnect: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Debate Over Ohio's EdChoice Program, Kennedey Bell
Department: Communication Studies

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The Infection Dynamics of a Fungal Pathogen in Stream-Dwelling Northern Two-Lined Salamanders in Wooster, Ohio, Erica M. Berent
Department: Biology

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Musical Feature Engineering with Wavelet Analysis for Music Recommendation, Rephael Moshe Berkooz
Department: Mathematics

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Monumentos a dictadores: La memoria histórica del Valle de los Caídos y el Museo Presidente Pinochet, Sofia Sequoia Biegeleisen
Department: Spanish

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More than a Memory: The Complex Relationship Between Living History and Slavery, Sofia Sequoia Biegeleisen
Department: History

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Black Outside: A Film Exploring Black People’s Relationships With Outdoor Spaces, Zoie Bills
Department: Communication Studies

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Surveying & Educating: College of Wooster Students' Knowledge and Perceptions Surrounding Influenza Viruses and the Flu Shot, Hallie Bischoff
Department: Biology

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A Case of Mistaken (Ethnic) Identity: Rethinking Civil War Duration, Ethnic Saliency, Terrorism, and the Real Factors Discouraging Resolution, Angie Bittar
Department: Political Science

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To Teach or Not to Teach: Identifying Skills Obtained Uniquely in Chemistry Laboratory Courses and Ways to Teach Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Remotely, Jayne E. Blinkhorn
Department: Chemistry; Education

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Differences in Working Memory Between Bilinguals’ First and Second Languages, Ashley N. Boersma
Department: Psychology

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Self-Assembled Monolayers as a Model for Photooxidation of Plastic Waste Using ATR-FTIR and Kinetic Modelling, Jenelle C. Booker
Department: Chemistry

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Reconstitution of Hydroxylation Activity of Recombinant NDH and 6-HDH Complexes from Bacillus niacini, Luke Borgelt
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Parents' Perceptions of the Counseling Techniques Provided by Speech-Language Pathologists to Pediatric Patients with Tracheostomies and their Families, Meghan Botsch
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Mapping Out Learning: How Aerobic Exercise, Sex and Alzheimer's Disease Impact Learning, Grace G. Bouker
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Athletes vs Non-Athletes on Communication, Anne Bowers
Department: Psychology

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"May I Have a Seed.... From Your Pocket?": A Reflection on Food Sovereignty and Collective Thriving in Conversation with Appalachian Seedsavers, Arden Boyd
Department: Environmental Studies

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Las emociones y el cambio de código: Un estudio sobre cómo las emociones provocan el cambio del código el bilingües español-inglés, Camryn Bragg
Department: Spanish

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Searching for Novel Redox Partners of the Mitochondrial Protein Erv1, Camryn A. Bragg
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Narratives of Heritage: Gender, Representation, and Diversity at the First Ladies National Historic Site, Annelisea Brand
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Plant Based Monomer Synthesis for the Investigation of the Relationship Between Chain Length and Water Absorption, Cole Cavin Brennan
Department: Chemistry

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Exploring Risk, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity under the lens of the Entrepreneurial Day Trader, Jerry L. Bronson
Department: Business Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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Birds of a Feather, Flock Together: The Impact of Sanctuary Status of a City on Rental Prices, Brooke Brown
Department: Business Economics

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Conversations on the Christian to Buddhist Conversion Experience: Framed by Lewis Rambo’s 1993 Conversion Model, Lauren Brown
Department: Religious Studies

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"Right Away M'Lady": An Explanation of Social Class and Gender Within Women Relationships in "Downton Abbey", Maggie Brown
Department: Communication Studies

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Code War Savior: A Novella, Wyatt H. Brugge
Department: English

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Experimental Evolution in Daphnia magna: An Investigation into the Effects of Ammonium Nitrate Exposure, Lydia Bruno
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Tetranychus Urticae (Two-Spotted Spider Mite) On the Cannabinoid Content Of Young and Mature Cannabis Sativa L. (Hemp) Plants, Johanna Bueno
Department: Biology

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The Canny Edge Detection Technique in Image Analysis, Tran Anh Vu Bui
Department: Mathematics

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The "Shut Up and Dribble" Conundrum: A Qualitative Cyber Ethnographic Analysis of LeBron James’ and Stephen Curry’s Social Media Activism on The Black Lives Matter Movement and Low-Income Education, Chloe Lynn Burdette
Department: Communication Studies; Global Media and Digital Studies

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In the Trenches vs. In the Theater: Comparing Henri Desagneaux’s WWI Diary to WWI on Film., Brendan Burke
Department: History

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It's Friezing Out There: Take My Sweater! Examining How Math can be Enhanced by Knitting in the Case of Frieze Patterns, Emma Leigh Busch
Department: Mathematics

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Implicit and Explicit Messages in Advertisements on Social Media: A Quantitative Analysis of Consumer Reactions to and Perceptions of Product Endorsements on Instagram, Cassianna Marie Buzzelli
Department: Communication Studies

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Effect of Presence on Conspecifics in Potential Signaling in Dissosteira Carolina (Band-Winged) Grasshopper, Oscar Carmona
Department: Biology

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Investigation of the Metabolic Role of Triosephosphate Isomerase (TPI) in the Physiological function of Myxococcus xanthus, Sienna F. Carr
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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LGBTQ and Leviticus: How the Use of Religious Appeals Affects the Electability of Queer Political Candidates, Samuel J. Casey
Department: Political Science

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Glacier Bay and Ice Extent: The Relationship between the Tlingit People and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Claire Cerne
Department: Geology

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Religious and Spiritual Effects on Mental Health by Sexual Orientation, Shay Chapman
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Subsidies in promoting Export-led Growth Strategy in India, Kanishk Chaudhari
Department: Business Economics

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“Hey, check out my new kicks!”: An Analysis of Consumption and Market Demand of Exclusive Sneakers, Sanket Chavan
Department: Economics

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A Tip for Entrepreneurial Enterprises - The Determination of Selling Mode between Brick-and-Mortar and Online Store, Xi Cheng
Department: Business Economics

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Inheritance Rights and Women’s Intrahousehold Bargaining Power: A Case Study of Indonesia, Rita Chiboub
Department: Global and International Studies

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“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”: Creating a Financial Literacy Workshop for College-Aged Women on the Relationship Among Spending, Saving, and Investing, Lesley Chinery
Department: Communication Studies

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Imali: A Technical Analysis Mobile Application in React Native, Tanaka Chingonzo
Department: Computer Science

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Cast Away: Examining Genetic Structure and Color Morph Genetic Differentiation of Polymorphic Garter Snake Populations on Lake Erie, Dillon Chipman
Department: Biology

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Exploring Social Tendencies via Twitter Using Network Analysis, Aditi Chowbey
Department: Mathematics

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An Examination of Policing and Violent Crime Rates in Youngstown, Ohio, Catera Clark
Department: Political Science

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¡Viva el Pueblo! Tactic Diversification and Elite Defection in Antiauthoritarian Uprising, Alyxandra D. Claycomb
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Snapped: Examining how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Food Access Impact Health Outcomes Among Low- income/Low-access (LILA) Populations in Georgia, Paige Clay
Department: Africana Studies; Political Science

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An Analysis on the Relationship Between Childcare Costs, Fertility and Women Employment, Noah Clement
Department: Business Economics

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Liberty and Justice for All*: certain exclusions may be applied, Madelyn A. Cobb
Department: Philosophy

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Derivative Intentionality & Gricean Meaning, Alex Lee Cohen
Department: Philosophy

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A Look at Ohio’s Energy Senate Bill 221 - Effects of Merit Order and Renewable Energy on Ohio’s Electricity Market, Zenobia Conrad
Department: Business Economics

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Elucidating Phosphagen Kinase Evolution through the Identification of Substrate Specific Arginine Kinases and Taurocyamine Kinase within Platyhelminthes, Emmalee Cooke
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Picking Up the Pieces: Small-Town Revitalization of Lancaster, Ohio in the Wake of the Deindustrialization of the Anchor Hocking Glass Factory, Jacob M. Cook
Department: History

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Urban Pocket Prairies Support Bee Diversity in Cleveland, Ohio, Jena Nicole Copley
Department: Biology

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Liberté, Égalité, Paternité: Understanding the French anti-gay and anti-reproductive technology movement, La Manif pour tous, Elizabeth Cotton
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; French and Francophone Studies

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Sunscreen, Zoe Covey
Department: English

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Likes, Lady Gaga, and Loneliness: The Beneficial Impacts of Active Social Media Usage and Para-Social Relationships on FOMO and Loneliness, Noah W. Crane
Department: Psychology

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How Do We Fight Climate Change? A Study on the Impact of Carbon Sequestration Using a Small-Scale Reforestation Technique, Caden W. Croft
Department: Biology

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The Fight Against Cultural Colonization in New Zealand, Eliza A. Cullen
Department: History

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The Role of Ambivalent Sexism in Women's Voting Behavior, Katrina Estill Culler
Department: Political Science

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The Influence of Gender Stereotypes on Perceptions of Gender Non-Binary Individuals, Abby Rose Cunningham
Department: Psychology

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Self-driving Car with Udacity Simulator, Anh Tran Quynh Dam
Department: Computer Science

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Developing a Tool to Study Bat Wing Inertia and Investigating Variation in Bone Volume across Different Bat Landing Styles, Andy D. Danison
Department: Biology

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The History of German Education and the Improvement of German Education Through Films and Pedagogical Methods, Bryce Danovskis
Department: German Studies

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The Nana Yaa Asantewaa War: Analysis of the Political Institutions of the Asante during The War Of The Golden Stool and the Existing Narratives, Angela Danso Gyane
Department: History; Political Science

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Option Implied Volatility's Predictability on Monthly Stock Returns, Hung T. Dao
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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If a Tree Falls in a Forest: The Impacts of Coarse Woody Debris on Biodiversity and Species Abundance in Areas of Ongoing Reforestation, Oria Lee Daugherty
Department: Biology

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Can Climate Fiction Novels Inspire Social Change? A Literary and Empirical Ecocritical Analysis, Claire Davidson
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Relationship Between Racial Segregation And Availability Of Transportation Modal Options, Lachlan Davidson
Department: Urban Studies

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Foreign Election Interference and Hybrid Warfare, Jonathan Davies
Department: Political Science

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Music-making and Identity: Constructing and Collaborating on the Musicians' Self in Bluegrass Bands, Michael Dean
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Visit which Scotland? Political Events Illuminating Two Competing Visions of re-emerging Scottish Identity since the late Twentieth-century, Erin W. Delaney
Department: History

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Redressing Histories of Sexual Violence of the “Comfort Women”: using Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed and APTP devising methods, Carlos DeSantiago
Department: Theatre and Dance