The following Senior Independent Study Theses were awarded Honors and nominated by their departments to serve as examples of the outstanding work done by Wooster students. The PDFs of these exemplars may be downloaded from any location. For questions about the exemplar nomination process, please email openworks@wooster.edu.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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

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

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

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

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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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Climate change impacts go beyond the surface: Groundwater recharge rates and aquifer resources across the Contiguous United States, Kendra R. Devereux
Department: Earth Sciences

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"The Refugees are Better Off Than We Are": Evaluating the Impact of Syrian Refugees on Jordanian Labor Markets, Maggie Dougherty
Department: Economics

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The Ghosts of Grief: An Exploration of Gothic Influence in 2010s Horror Cinema, Halen Gifford
Department: Communication Studies; Film Studies

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Peace Be With You: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Interfaith versus Single-faith Peacebuilding Programming at Reducing Violence in Religious Conflict, Sydney Maureen Hanes
Department: Global and International Studies

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Rednecks, Hillbillies, and White Trash in the Living Room: A Rhetorical Analysis of Reality Television's Construction of Appalachian Regional Identity, Bradlee Elizabeth Hartman
Department: Communication Studies

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El concepto de autor y la originalidad en las adaptaciones de Natalia Lafourcade, Heather Hartmann
Department: Chemistry; Spanish

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Corporate Pressure Makes Regime Diamonds: An Analysis of the Impact of Multinational Corporations on International Environmental Regime Effectiveness, Katie Harvey
Department: Global and International Studies

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Reconsidering the Late Woodland: A Critical Reassessment of Perception and Periodization in the Ohio Valley, 400-1000 CE, Devin A. Henson
Department: Archaeology

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'It's Time For One of Us': A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's First Term in Congress, Sarah Ives Hopkins
Department: Communication Studies

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Market Structure and Quality of Service: Investigating Oligopolies and the Quality of Nursing Home Care in California During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Tessa Ireton
Department: Economics

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Conserving America: A History of America’s Conservation Movement and the Establishment of the National Park Service, Jack Jones
Department: History

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Political Identity Rules: Support of Renewable Energy Jobs and Attitudes on Soil Conservation in Northeastern Ohio, Leah H. Jorn
Department: Environmental Studies

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Vergil and Ovid's Clashing Portrayals of Individual and Group Identity, Dante G. King
Department: Classical Studies

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Statistical and Machine Learning Approaches to Depressive Disorders Among Adults in the United States: From Factor Discovery to Prediction Evaluation, Minhwa Lee
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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We're All A Little Bit Gay: Female Homoeroticism in Greek Art, Devon A. Matson
Department: Archaeology; History

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The Great Outdoors, Indoors: An Evaluation of Green Spaces and Housing Prices in Pittsburgh, PA, Will McCullough
Department: Economics

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The Effects of Media Coverage on Public Opinion: A Comparative Case Study of Clinton and Trump's Impeachments by the House, Alexa N. Mellis
Department: Political Science

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Resource Boom, Manufacturing Bust: The Dutch Disease and Deindustrialization in South America, Gabriel Melmed
Department: Global and International Studies

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Whose Line is it Anyway? Rhetoric, Pathology, and the Jewish Race in Late Victorian England, Stephanie G. Pokras
Department: History

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

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

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

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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

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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

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

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

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

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Awake, Waverly Swan Hart
Department: English

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

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

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

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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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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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Repairing a Nation: A visual exploration into the American debate on reparations, Desi Jeseve LaPoole
Department: Interdepartmental

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Modeling Community Resource Management: an Agent-Based Approach, Maya M. Lapp
Department: Mathematics

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Write It Slant: Queerness and Form in The Argonauts and Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, Eleanor Linafelt
Department: English; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Does This Grant Them Agency? An Analysis of the Female Athlete as Portrayed in ESPN's Body Issue, Aubri McKoy
Department: Communication Studies

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Arguing Over America's Best Idea: Examining the Congressional Partisan Divide with Regards to Public Lands Policy, Anna Medema
Department: Political Science

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Mother Nature and Menvironmental Politics: Analyzing How Gendered Frames Affect Support For The Clean Air Act, Grace Montgomery
Department: Political Science

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#Kancelkulture: An Analysis of Cancel Culture and Social Media Activism Through the Lens of Minority College Students, Korri E. Palmer
Department: Communication Studies

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Developing A Web-Based Application for Finding Meeting Places, Aedan D. Pettit
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Sending Mixed Signals: Feature Extraction for Gendered Emotional Speech Classification and Modeling, David McCulloch Pfeffer
Department: Computer Science

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The Planar Rook Algebra, Henry Potts-Rubin
Department: Mathematics

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Paleoenvironments containing Coryphodon in the Fort Union and Willwood Formations Spanning the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, Emily N. Randall
Department: Geology

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Talking about EU: The Impact of Leaders' Discourse on Public Support for the European Union, Marco Roccato
Department: Global and International Studies

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Tools of the Trade: An Ethnohistoric and Archaeological Investigation of Late Fort Ancient Bifacial Endscrapers, Kevin Andrew Rolph
Department: Archaeology

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You Think You Do, but You Don’t: An Investigation of Fandom and Nostalgic Media Through an Analysis of World of Warcraft Classic, David Andrew Schulz
Department: Communication Studies

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Paleoecology of Bivalves in the Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic, Bajocian) of Utah, Evan L. Shadbolt
Department: Geology

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Laughing Matters: Late-Night Political Comedy Television & Individual-Level Affective Polarization, Nicholas R. Shereikis
Department: Communication Studies; Political Science

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Would You Date Her? How We Process Social Preferences and Social Perceptions, Madeline Claire Smith
Department: Psychology

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Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Responses to Frames Used by Animal Rights Organizations in the United States and France, Alysa Tarrant
Department: Communication Studies; French and Francophone Studies

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Revolutionary Possibilities: Anarchist Philosophy and Its Influence on the Work of Thomas Pynchon, Addison R. Wanner
Department: English

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The Persistence of Mixed Income Neighborhoods: A Case Study of Neighborhood Change in Chicago, Ian Warren
Department: Urban Studies

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Spaced Training in the 5CSRTT Proves Beneficial in Early Levels, Rebecca Renee Warren
Department: Neuroscience

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Use Your Head: A Frame Analysis of Digital Media on Concussions in the National Football League Using the Health Belief Model and the Extended Parallel Process Model, Harrison Stow Witwer-Dukes
Department: Communication Studies

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Inventing Christine de Pizan: Art and Authorship in Late Medieval France, Adria Leigh Woodruff
Department: Art and Art History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Tying Truth's Shoes: The Value of a Realist Notion of Truth Within Democratic Discourse, Emma Arvedon
Department: Philosophy

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Language of Disability, Language of Disorder: An Investigation of Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Respect to Communicative Interventions, Rebekah Burkhart
Department: Communication Studies

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Says Who? A Feminist Challenge of Moral and Epistemic Authority in Advocacy, Coral Ciupak
Department: Philosophy

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Examining the Effect of Attachment Styles on Sternberg's Love Components and on Loyalty, Voice, Neglect, and Exit in Adult Romantic Relationships, Jamila Coleman
Department: Psychology

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Dancing with Wooster: Strengthening Community through Self-expression and Collaborative Art, Juliana Davis
Department: Art and Art History

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Optimizing Timber Harvest Value: A Dynamic Programming Investigation, Kayleigh T. Dietz
Department: Mathematics

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

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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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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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Effects of Personal Styling on Constituents’ Perceptions of Candidates, Cassidy D. Ktsanes
Department: Political Science

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Perseveration or Perseverance: Investigating Interpretations of Echolalia, Self-Stimulatory Behaviors, and Intervention Approaches for Children Who Have Autism, Ashlynn Rae Kufleitner
Department: Communication Studies

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Do You Want To Run a Regression? Nah, I Think I’ll Dance One Instead: Physicalizing Econometrics, Rachel Lau
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The D&D Sorting Hat: Predicting Dungeons and Dragons Characters from Textual Backstories, Joseph C. MacInnes
Department: Computer Science

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Inviting Others In: How Oppression Affects the Self, Mylo Apollo Parker-Emerson
Department: Philosophy

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The Politics of Exclusionary and Inclusionary Zoning: The Road to Residential Segregation, Emily M. Partika
Department: Political Science

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"But it's not Fair!": Effects of Experimenter Familiarity on Inequity Aversion in Dogs, Kia Radovanovic
Department: Psychology

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The Progression of Aβ Proteins in the Retrosplenial Cortex Using an APP/PS1 Alzheimer’s Disease Transgenic Rodent Model, Maha H. Rashid
Department: Neuroscience

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Expectation Versus Reality: An Examination of the Training and Awareness Primary Care Physicians Have About Communication Differences and Sensory Sensitivities Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Present and Accommodations Provided During Office Appointments, Rachel H. Topper
Department: Communication Studies

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Exploring Topics of the Art Gallery Problem, Megan Vuich
Department: Mathematics