The Honors Thesis is a research project for which eligible students apply during their junior year and complete in their senior year. Colby departments and programs that have an honors program establish the requirements for the project and its final format. Each student, upon completion of the thesis, is asked to archive his or her project in Digital Commons so that it may be made available to the Colby community and to the world at large.

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Honors Theses from 2015

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An Investigation of BAG3 Knockdown and its Effects on the Cytotoxicity of Laromustine, Colin Sheehan

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Investigating the Endogeneity of Risk Attitudes: Experimental Evidence Involving Cooperation and Competition, Erik Solli

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Behind the Missing Rib: The Five Stages of Grief, Johnna L. St. Cyr

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The Influence of Normative Feedback on Stigma of Mental Health, Carly A. Taylor

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Bhabha's Hybridity and Kenyan Development: A Close Look at Banking, Land and Health, Hannah F. Tuttle and Hannah Tuttle

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Generation of 2-Adamantylidenecarbene from a Phenanthrene-Based Precursor, Christine E. Wamsley

Along the Cliffs of Bray, Elizabeth J. Woodbury

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Innovation and Productivity: Evidence from China, Jingying Xu

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A Personalized Chatterbot Based on Facebook Update, Jinghui Yu and Bruce Maxwell

Drivers and Barriers to Financial Inclusion in Peru: a Demand-side Approach, Maria Zeta-Valladolid

Honors Theses from 2014

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Macroinvertebrate Community Structure and Feeding Dynamics in Three Forested Headwater Streams in Central Maine, Emily R. Arsenault

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The Effects of the Indonesian Financial Crisis On Children’s Later Life Outcomes, Lori T. Ayanian

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Deformation mechanisms in mylonites at Fletcher Peak, Washington County, ME, Ariana S. Boyd

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The Fluvial Sequence of a Latest Changhsingian, Pre-PT Extinction River Complex, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Tara Chizinski

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Structural Characterization of the Major Guanosine-Guanosine Cross-Link Formed by Epichlorohydrin, Edward Chuang

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Optimization of a Chemical Genetic Screen to Identify Druggable Targets in U138 Cells Treated with Laromustine, Kathryn Coe

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Women Writing about Mental Illness: Historical and Literary Patterns of Labeling Women Deviant, Cecelia Conroy

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The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: A Natural Experiment along the New York and Pennsylvania Border, Brendan Cosgrove

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Quantumness and Coherence in Photosynthesis, Brian Doolittle

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Variations in Intra- and Interspecific Response to Mobbing Calls by the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), Katerina M. Faust

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The Impact of Dams on Nitrogen Cycling in the Messalonskee Stream, Rebecca K. Forgrave

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Moon Jellies, Christina Garbarino

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Borderline Depravity: The Impact of U.S. Immigration Policy on Human Smuggling at the Mexican Border, Chloe J. Gilroy

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La puerta a Europa: Percepciones de la inmigración en Andalucía, Kristin Glasheen

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Conservation Choices in the Face of Sea-Level Rise, Meagan K. Hennessey

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Awareness, Agency, and Alternatives: Opportunities and Challenges for CONAMURI and the Paraguayan Women’s Food Sovereignty Movement in an Age of Social Media, BriAnne Illich

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The Talbot Effect, Malia Kawamura

The Talbot Effect, Malia Kawamura

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What’s Gender Got to Do With It?: The Effects of Women’s Decision-­‐Making Power in Morocco, Shannon Hume Kooser

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La Identidad de Los Carabineros de Chile: The Evolving Identity of Chile's National Police Force and the 1973 Military Coup, Jeffrey O. Lamson

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The Relationships between Local Food and Food Security in Maine, Erin Love

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In Search of Murmurings (Full Score), Luke Martin

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Generational Dream: First Generation American Citizens and Their Relationship to the American Dream, Anna A. Mintz

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Deformation Mechanisms in the Metasedimentary Rocks Within the Kellyland Fault Zone, Washington County, Maine, Morgan E. Monz

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Influence of the Sea Surface Microlayer on Ozone Deposition Velocity, Kathryn Moore

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Illusion of Control: The Struggle for History and Humanity, Samantha R. Nystrom

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Adaptive Co-management in the Face of Environmental Change: Invasive Green Crabs and the Soft-shell Clam Fishery in Maine, Grace O’Connor

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Learning By Playing: Evaluating Backward Induction, Alexandra Ojerholm

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An Economic Impact Analysis of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed, Lucy G. O'Keeffe

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The Chinese Social Enterprise: A Global Phenomenon with Chinese Characteristics, Amanda Jingtong O'Malley

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The Social Media Tango, Anne E. Papadellis Ms.

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Beyond Our Conscience: A Proposal for an Improved Model of Self-Forgiveness, Kelsey M. Park

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Life Insurance Holdings in the Great Recession: Examining the Impact of Changes in Household Structure, Financial Position, and Risk Aversion on the Decision to Purchase or Drop Coverage, Clare Peaslee

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The Effect of Azo Textile Dyes on Gross Primary Production and Community Respiration in an Artificial Environment, Theresa L. Petzoldt

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Failures of Chivalry and Love in Chretien de Troyes, Adele Priestley

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Feminicidios en Cd. Juárez: Sombras del evanescente olvido; luces de lucha, fuerza y resistencia, Amber Ramirez

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Do Unexpected FIFA World Cup Match Results Impact the Stock Market?, Brandan Rivard

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Dante’s Inferno in the Modern World: A Study of Religiosity in a World of Religious Apathy, Kristen N. Robinson

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Solidifying Citizenship: Ethnonationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Morality, Joshua Rothenberg

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The Historical Ecology of Sharks in New England, Elizabeth R. Schell

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Was Housing to Blame? A DSGE Analysis of the Great Recession, Justin Swansburg

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A New Balance: National Security and Privacy in a Post 9-11 World, Russell B. Wilson

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The Role of Underutilized Fish in New England's Seafood System, Taylor Witkin

Honors Theses from 2013

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Can the Stock Market Predict FDA Approvals for New Drug Applications?, Thomas D. Abe

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Les Contes de fées oubliés: vision d'un monde plus égal, Deborah Amato

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The Eichler-Selberg Trace Formula for Level-One Hecke Operators, Alex Barron

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The Effects of Island Size and Geographic Distance on the Genetic Diversity of Blue Flag Irises (Iris versicolor) in the Bay of Fundy, Elise Begin

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Metallic Mineral Mining in Maine, Kaitlyn Bernard

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The American Rifled Musket: Technical Revolution or Tactical Redundancy?, Alexandre F. Caillot

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Omona!: Gender Representation in Three Gender-Bending Korean Dramas, Eleni Choephel

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A Monte Carlo Simulation Study of the Performance of Hypothesis Tests Under Assumption Violations, Gareth Cleveland

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Remapping Nature: Motherhood, Autonomy, and Anti-Mining Activism in Íntag, Ecuador, Ellicott K. Dandy

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Aiding or Abetting? An Analysis of Medical Humanitarian Aid in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, Claire Dunn

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Investigating the effects of BAG3 knockdown on the cytotoxicity of the anticancer drug Laromustine, Kayla Gross

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Investigating the Interaction of Zinc-Finger Peptides and Nicked DNA Using Phage Display, Rachel Maria Guerra

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Life on the Edge: Biotic and Abiotic Production of Hydrogen Production Along the Chemical Gradient, Carly Elise Hallowell

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Development of a Standard and Functional Tactical Emergency Medical Curriculum -- TEMS Medic, Benjamin Hannon

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The Wanderer's Journey, Jay Holman

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Managing the Global Marine Aquarium Trade, Sarah Holmes

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An Unexpected Verdict: Exploring the Economic Implications of an Expanding Chinese Presence in Dakar's Informal Market, Georgina Hurst

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Classroom Peer Effects in Higher Education: Evidence from Colby College, Peter C. Jones

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The Macroeconomic Effect of Currency Union Dissolution: Evidence from the Narrative, Marcus Josefsson

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Conservation Easement Policies Across New England, Virginia A. Keesler

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Massive Quiescent Disk Galaxies in the CANDELS Survey, Aurora Y. Kesseli

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We Came! We Stripped! We Conquered! The Sextremist Feminists of FEMEN in Ukrainian Historical Context and Contemporary Controversy, Jayeon Kim

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The Value of Truth: The Elijah Parish Lovejoy Story and an Examination of the Idea of “Truth” in Journalism, Eliza R. Larson

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Political Priming: The Effect of Contextual Factors on Word Recognition and Recall, Adam LaViolet

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Factors Influencing National Park Establishment: Cases to Inform the Maine Woods, Larissa N. Lee

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Green Light over the Drop Zone: American Army and Marine Paratroopers in World War II, Audrey Lomax

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When the Walls Talk: Political Graffiti at la Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, Abbott Grey Matthews

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The Aesthetic of Failure: Authenticity, Effort, and Imperfection in American Contemporary Dance, Delaney McDonough

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L’Autre de Montaigne: vers une vision tolérante de nos perceptions, Brita L. Midness

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Investigating the Role of Epibiotic Bacteria in Defense Against Chytridiomycosis in the Green Frog, Lithobates clamitans, Sarah Nalven

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The Post-Crisis Relevance of Inflation Targeting, Rebecca Newman

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Prenatal Choline Supplementation and MK-801 Toxicity: Protecting Memory and Preventing Neurodegeneration, Chelsea Nickerson

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From the Slums of Shaolin to the Bard of Avon: The Homosocial Bond in Shakespeare and Hip Hop, Camilla Ostrow

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Notes on the Politics of the Auteur: Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and the Spectator, Michael Perreault

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"Kill the Indian, Save the Man," Americanization through Education: Richard Henry Pratt's Legacy, Lindsay Peterson

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Uphams Corner and "Other" Spaces: Racialized Youth Identities in Boston's Cape Verdean Community, Jessica F. Pires

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Unknotting Number and Combinatorial Sutured Manifold Theory, Alexander Rasmussen

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Gender, Nature, and the Fairytale Structure in Robin McKinley's Works, Molly Rogers

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Finite to Fail, Infinite to Venture: Interactivism and Relational Ethics, Rachel A. Rosenbaum

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Scripture and Fiction: An Aesthetic Approach to The Little Pilgrim, Brian Russo

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Through the Eyes of Urban Students: Educational Inequality and Socioeconomic Disparities in Santiago, Chile, Hillary Sapanski

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Repercussions on the Educational System? The Argentine Example of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program: Asignación Universal por Hijo (AUH), Grace Schlesinger

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First Year Collegiate Academic Achievement: Do Athletes Perform at the Same Level as Their Peers?, justine m. seraganian

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Massive Gravity Theories, Greg Seyfarth

Gendered Geographies and Coded Spaces in Urban Tehran, Shireen Smalley

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Relationship of Cross-Linking Potential to Mechanism of Cell Death, Adam N. Spierer

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Climate Change and Epizootic Shell Disease in American Lobsters (Homarus americanus): Is Maine's Most Valuable Fishery Doomed?, Michael W. Stephens Jr.