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 2009

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Estimation of Population Reduction and Gene Flow in the Rare Orchid Isotria medeoloides, Philip Crystal

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Reading Joycean Comedy and Faulknerian Tragedy: Exploring the Significance of Location, Literary Influence and the Possibilities of Heroism with Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s Ulysses and Quentin Compson in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom!, Colin R. Cummings

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Cyclicality of State Budgeting: A Political-Economy Analysis., Ian W. Cummins

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Gendering the Counterinsurgency: Violence Against Women During the Guatemalan Civil War, Sarah K. deLiefde

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"Contentment in My Heart": Evangelical Women and Spiritual Journeys, Elizabeth A. Doran

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Uncharted Dimensions of Media: A Map of the Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Caitlin Dufraine

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Changes in Apoptotic Gene Expression Induced by DNA Cross-Linkers, Jordanne B. Dunn

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Re-Imagined Communities: Global Climbing on Local Mountains, Eitan Green

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The Effects of Exogenous Insulin and Exercise on Glucose and Lactate Metabolism in the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, Kristen Marie Hitchcox

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Mechanisms of Cytotoxicity of Diepoxybutane, Epichlorohydrin and 1-(Chloroethenyl)oxirane, Rebecca D. Kamins

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The Effect of Glutamate on Neurite Outgrowth in Fiddler Crab (Uca pugilator) X-organ Cells, Ruth B. Langton

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Avoiding the Fog of Crisis: A Protocol for the Proper Domestic Use of the Military, Brian Lynch

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Evaluation of Nocturnal Flight Calls as a Useful Tool in the Study of Avian Migration, Andrew C. McEvoy

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Gender Specific Rules in Sport are based on an Outdated Idea of Femininity, Carlie Minichino

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Break the Sky: an exploration of ethics with swords and superheroes, Kris Miranda

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Tintinnabulation, A Collection of Poetry, Brookes W. Moody

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The Long Game: Hamas, The IRA, and the Politics of Radicalization in Palestine and Northern Ireland, Dan O'Sullivan

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The Effects of Eating Behaviors and Exercise Patterns on the Processing of Food and Exercise Related Stimuli, Carrie Potter

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One Generation Consuming the Next: The Racial Critique of Consumerism in George Romero’s Zombie Films, Henry Powell

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Diagnostics for Ultracold Plasma Experiments, Lauren Rand

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Can Parallel Exchange Rates Forecast Commodity Prices?, John F. Roberts

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Learning the Lay of Their Land: Data Recording by Maine Land Trusts, Patrick John Roche

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Factors Influencing Conservation Success or Failure in Tiger Range States, Megan C. Saunders

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Antibiotics, Herbs, and Magic: Health Practices in Contemporary St. Petersburg, Christine Shu

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The Realization of Eisenstein's Excitation Factor: Grierson, Wiseman, and the Vietnam Documentaries of the 1960s and 1970s, Victoria A. Starr

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The Metaphysical Underpinnings Contemporary Attitudes in Consumerism: An Pontification?, Jason Stigliano

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The Second Oldest Profession: An Exploration of the Fall and Rise of Midwifery in America, Abigail K. Sussman

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Negotiating Gender and Lyric Tradition in Two Nineteenth Century Cultures, Po Yin Wong

Honors Theses from 2008

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Competition or Community? Manifest and Unexpressed Functions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Sara Benjamin

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Coalitions for victory: the necessity of alliance creation for progressive ballot initiative campaigns, Julie Bero

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In the Absence of Family: How Ideas of the Substitute Family in Honduran Children's Homes Shape Perception of the Needs of at-risk youth, Stephanie Bowman

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Moments of Strength: Iranian Women's Rights and the 1979 Revolution, Caroline M. Brooks

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Effects of the anticancer agent Cloretazine on human apurinic endonuclease-1 activity, Jennifer L. Bushee

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Effect of Observed Biological and Non-biological Movement on Human Action and Coordination, Walter L. Campbell

Historical Records of Stomatal Indicies in Quercus from the Southeastern U.S, Bradford M. Cantor

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Investigating the Effects of Mifepristone (RU486) in the Behavioral, Hormonal and Central Responses to Acute Stress, Aynara Chávez Muñoz

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Diffeomorphism invariance in general relativity, John P. Chung

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Designing a Green Graduation at Colby College, Alaina J. Clark

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The Selective Synthesis of Oxacalix[6]arenes and the Exploration of Azacalix[n]arenes, W. Christian Crannell

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Self-destructive Behaviors of Adolescent Girls and Boys, Carolyn A. Curtis

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The Effect of Orientation to Growing Season Sunlight on Stomatal Parameters of Q. rubra in the Belgrade Lakes Region, Central Maine, Rachel G. Daly

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Hamiltonian constraint analysis of vector field theories with spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking, Nolan L. Gagne

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Search for novel molecular species formed by cold Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap, Alexander Gill

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A brief history of medical radiation: from cancer-causing to cancer treatment, Madeline A. Given

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Decisions to abrogate personal liberty: ethics of conscription in the United States, Jacqueline Shuttleworth Grady

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Photochemical Generation and Intramolecular Chemistry of β-Alkoxycarbenes, Kimberly Graves

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The Penguins' Revolution: An Analysis of Student Response to the Multi-Dimensional Chilean Educational Crisis, Abigail Hall

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Language of Sex: Moral Socialization and Reproductive Education in Public Schools, Melyn Heckelman

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State Political Action Committee Financing and the 2008 Presidential Election: A Detailed Look at Mitt Romney and the Commonwealth PACs, Melyn Heckelman

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Reactions of Atomic Carbon with Acid Chlorides, Daniel B. Herrick

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Foundations and interpretations of quantum mechanics, Cory Johnson

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Separating People and Wildlife: Zoning as a Conservation Strategy for Large Carnivores, Courtney L. Larson

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Temperature and magnetic field dependence of the electronic excitations in the nickel chain compound NINO, Lucas LaViolet

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Movement patterns and feeding behavior of the limpet tectura testudinalis (Müller) along the mid-Maine Coast, Joshua Lord

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Microhabitat Selection by the Tortoiseshell Limpet, Tectura testudinalis (Müller), in Tide Pools on the mid-Maine Coast, Emily R. Lyczkowski

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Effects of Alcohol and Training on Exercise Performance and Muscle Recovery Biochemistry in the Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei), MaryClaire McGovern

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Diepoxybutane and epibromohydrin bend DNA towards the major groove, Erin McGowan

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The Pollination Biology and Mating System of a Peripheral Population of Witheringia solanacea (Solanaceae), Timothy Miller

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Pressure Perturbation Calorimetry and Guest-Host Chemistry of NDMG and N-MAP with p-Sulfonatocalix[6]arene, Cassandra Newell

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Carbon Neutrality at Colby College, Jamie K. O’Connell

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Phosphorus Primer for Maine’s lakes, Lindsay B. Philips

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Using azahetercyclic electrophiles to synthesize novel Bicyclooxacalixarenes and Oxacalix[2]N-hexylnaphthalimide[2]naphthyridines, Doug Rooke

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Inhibition of cellular thioredoxin reductase by the anticancer prodrug cloretazine, Tyler R. Schleicher

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Stock Markets and Household Wealth: Can a Stock Market Crash Cause a Recession in The U.S. Economy?, Ishan Singh

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Representations of Grief in Akhmatova’s Requiem and Pushkin’s the Bronze Horseman, Hillary R. Smith

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An Incumbent's Guide to Reelection: The States and Economic Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections, Kyle Smith

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Stranger in a Strange Land: The struggle for cultural and personal identity in Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Laura E. Smith

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"System of Silence": Philadelphia Orphanages and the Limits of Benevolence, 1780s-1830s, Brian Sweeney

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Demographic Differences in Household Expenditure for Low-Income Families: Evidence from the United States, Joerose Tharakan

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Advocating at the margins: women’s NGOs in China, Ling U

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Interactions of Electrons and Rydberg Atoms in Ultra-Cold Plasmas, Cristian Vesa

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Effects of context of natural and artifactual objects on categorization, Linsey Walker

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Cytotoxicity of Diepoxybutane and Epichlorohydrin in Relation to Stages of the Cell Cycle, Megan L. Watts

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Diode Lasers for use in experiments on cold Rydberg Atoms, Bill Whitledge

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Using Variable Stomatal Sensitivity to CO₂ in Relict Conifers to Reconstruct Ancient Atmospheres and Predict Future Implications of Climate Change, Kerry A. Whittaker

Honors Theses from 2007

The Determinants of Recovery Rates on Defaulted Corporate Securities: Why do Fallen Angels recover more than Original High Yield Issues?, Carolyn Adler

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Can the business cycle be used to create predictable mutual fund outperformance?, Michael Aquino

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Where did all these books come from? The Publishing Industry and American Intellectual Life, Maro N. Asadoorian

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Agent of Change: Trickster in Ojibwa Oral Narratives and in the Works of Louise Erdrich, Patrick B. Benton

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Towards the Synthesis of Biomimetic Tungsten Complexes, Eric Paul Bergh

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Influence of juvenile hormone on territorial and aggressive behavior in the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), Tara Bergin

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Biogeochemical model for the eutrophication of East Pond, Maine, Bernadette Bibber

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Rawls and Health Care, Elizabeth H. Coogan

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Gauguin : Generating Art Using Genetic Algorithms & User Input Naturally, Thomas E. Cook

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“Nothing that is so, is so”: Indeterminate Language in Shakespeare, Matthew K. Crane

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Geographic distribution of genetic Variation in the Rare Orchid Isotria medeoloides , Emily Devlin

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Divergent effect of social cohesion on economic growth in East Asia and Latin America, Horacio Diaz Adda

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Messy Love: Collection of Short Stories, Mindy Favreau

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Apple and The Tree: Shakespeare’s Use of Father-child Relationships in Character Construction, Elizabeth Finn

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Photojournalistic Manipulations of Reality: The Power Over Knowledge, Valerie Friedman

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Women Making Progress?: a Study of Wide Sargasso Sea as a Response to Jane Eyre, Kaitlin M. Gangl

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Concomitant polymorphism in 1,2-bis(9-anthryl)acetylene, Rebecca Goldstein

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Complex Adaptive Systems Approach for Investigating Genetic Epistasis, Thomas A. Goth

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Anhedonia and depression: Anticipatory, Consummatory, and Recall Deficits, Kaitlin Hanley

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Demon Rum, Devious Politics: the Lessons of Neal Dow’s Crusade for the Maine Prohibition Law, Andrew J. Herrmann

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Developing a Tool to Assess Human Health Impacts of Purchasing, Kaitlin C. Himmelmann

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Salmoninae Commensal Bacteria Show a Positive Correlation Between Antibiotic Resistance and Mercury Resistance Profiles, E. McClure

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Religion and Renunciation in Wordsworth: the Progression of Natural Individualism to Christian Stoicism, Geoffrey L. Meldahl

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Quantitative PCR reveals preferential nuclear DNA alkylation by epichlorohydrin in the chicken genome, Adam Newman

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Intramolecular Chemistry of ß-acetoxyethylidene and Photochemical Generation of Vinylidenes, Jennifer M. Nguyen