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 2007

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Optimizations for hardware-software partitioning using WalkSAT, Andreea Olea

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Detailed Mechanistic and Optimization of the Photochemical Production Method of Superoxide, Ta-Chung Ong

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POV-IT: the POV-Ray Interactive Tutorial, Eleanor O'Rourke

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Too Many Bad Cooks Spoiling the Broth? Effectiveness of NGOs in Addressing Child Labour in El Salvador, Ivica Petríková

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Short History of Waterville, Maine, Stephen Plocher

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In Any Weather : a Collection of Short Stories, Stephen J. Plocher

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Gendered Struggle for the Freedom From Violence Using Frantz Fanon’s Theory in Three Postcolonial Novels: Albert Wendt’s Pouliuli, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory, Robin M. Respaut

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World Bank -CPA conflict: the Struggle to Define Human Rights and Development in the Philippines, Adam B. Robbins

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Collective Moral Responsibility, Allyson Rudolph

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Museo de la memoria: an exploration through memory of ESMA, Cornelia Sage

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Hearing Arnold in a new space : building a transformational-theory patrimony, Whitney Simmonds

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Obstacles and Stepping Stones to the Hero’s Pedestal: Reunified Germany’s Selective Commemoration of Resisters to National Socialism, Suzanne J. Swartz

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Immunological effects of written disclosure in athletes, Kristen Thatcher

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Voices of the Poor: Poverty and Growth in Albania, Magda Tsaneva

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Two essays in the Indiana family cap provision, Aimee Williams

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External Control of Electron Temperature in Ultra-cold Plasmas, Roy O. Wilson

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Dialectics of Diaspora Space: a Study of Contemporary, Diasporic, South Asian Fiction, Christopher A. Zajchowski

Honors Theses from 2006

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League of their own: the competition for Jewish-American identity in the novels of Philip Roth, Rebeccah Amendola

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John Coltrane: Jazz Improvisation, Performance, and Transcription, Garry J. Bertholf

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Determining the Hydrologic Seasons and Creating a Numerical Model of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed, Katherine E. Curtis

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Non-adherence: a Symptom of the Current Health Care Model, Margaret Duggan

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Exploring Opportunity in America: Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Rags to Riches Success, Anna Erdheim

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Investigating the mechanisms of a novel ribosomal RNA degradation system, Daniel Fowler

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Vector Theory of Spontaneous Lorentz Violation, Shu Hong Fung

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Modernist Success in a Postmodern Failure: Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism, the Avant-Garde and the Ascension of Late Capitalism, Art after 1945, Russell Gullette

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A Computational Study of the Reactivity Differences of Two Carbonyl Dianions, Sylvia Haller

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Resistance of forest community types to structural and compositional change following beech bark disease infestation, Sarah Ann Hoskinson

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Altering finite Markov chains to more accurately model forest succession, Malcolm Itter

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Modeling spatially explicit human-wildlife conflict: GIS and moose-vehicle collisions in Maine, Alexandra Jospe

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Patterns of dorm energy use and potential opportunities for dorm energy conservation at Colby College, Sarah Kelly

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Assisted living: The politics of Medicaid and Medicare, Sarah Lim

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The travel imagination and the hybrid reality in the wake of colonialism, James McLaughlin

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Media Coverage and Disaster Relief: Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?, Jessica H. Minty

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Environmental awareness of Waterville Junior High School students, Jenna Morrison

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Creating a code snippet wiki repository, Nicholas Kinyua Mwai

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A broad-spectrum mer operon in a multi-drug resistant strain of the fish pathogen, Aeromonas salmonicida, Erin Parry

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Position tracking and motion prediction using Fuzzy Logic, Patrick Rodjito

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Hydrogeologic investigation of the Serpentine Bog, Belgrade Lakes Watershed, Maine, Christopher J. Russoniello

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Of Catholics and Politics in China: an Evaluation of the Political Agency of the Chinese Catholic Church, Sarah J. Schleck

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Literary love making in Nicholas Sparks novels: Finding the balance between the writer’s life and the writer’s work in bestselling Romantic Literature, Ryan Spanich

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Role of home equity in retirement saving: building your nest (egg), Caroline Theoharides

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Catalyzing Change: Towards Accelarated and Expanded U.S.-EU-Russian Action to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism, Jessica C. Varnum

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Characterization of the Wheat Grain PKABA1-Interacting Protein TaWD40, Natalie Wayne

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Synthesis of 2-oxo-16-(3', 4'-methylenedioxyphenyl)-trans-15-hexadecene, Adelajda Zorba

Honors Theses from 2005

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Role of private owners in the conservation of exotic species, Jessica L. Beetz

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Mysticizing Philosophy, Megan Celeste Burd

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The Transboundary Implications of Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery in Maine, Brendan J. Carroll

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The Synthesis of Biomimetic Tungsten and Molybdenum Complexes, John Sterling Cole III

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United Methodism in New England: A historical, organizational, and spiritual study, Benjamin Davis

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Guest-host chemistry of p-sulfonatocalix[6]arene and nizatidine, Galia Debelouchina

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Extension of national membership: government promises, immigrant expectations and the impact on the foreign population in Germany, Justin Dubois

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Synthesis and characterization of di- and tri-oxacalix[4]arenes, Michael Feldman

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Liberalization of village banking in Guatemala: structural differences in village banking institutions, Erica L. Hill

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Governmental resistance in international intellectual property rights, Emily Honig

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The rhetorics of violence in Joshua: Foucauldian Power, Israelite Identity, and the Ethics of Interpretation, Clara Koh

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Towards the production of a mutant stylar ribonuclease that inhibits the self-incompatibility response, Yan Kung

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Analytical tools for studying phosphorus and nitrogen lake nutrient dynamics and their application to the field, Ivan Mihajlov

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Synthetic approaches to rigid "rod-and-panel" macrocycles, Timothy Newhouse

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Investigation of Iron (III) desferrioxamine B oxalate ligand exchange by UV-vis spectroscopy: the next step in developing a quantitative analytical method for measuring bioavailable iron in marine ecosystems, Ken L. Pitter

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Photochemical generation of 2-methoxy-2methylpropylidene and its rearrangement pathways, Stanislav Presolski

Automated identification of malicious code variants, Christopher Ries

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The Synthesis and Characterization of Bicyclooxacalixarenes, Kevin J. Selby

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JeSS – a Java Security Scanner for Eclipse, Russell Spitler

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The Forest Service's Quest for Power and Money: Implications of a Budget-Maximizing Agency, Allison M. Stewart

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An Analysis of the Effect of Carbon Dioxide on the Decay Rates of Superoxide, Michael Jay Walsh

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Opening the Windows of the Church to the World: The Creation of Nostra Aetate and Its Impact on the Christian-Jewish relationship, Christopher Rodney Yeoh

Honors Theses from 2004

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Wealth effects on consumer spending in the US economy, Andriy Avramenko

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Spontaneous evolution of cold Rydberg atoms to plasma, Jennifer Carini

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"Passage O Soul to India!": Transcending the Transcendentalists, Jennifer Carpenter

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Pyaguapy Ita: Silencing the Singing Stone: the Impact of Modern Technology on Indigenous People in Brazil, Caitlin Cassis

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The most segregated hour in Christian America: Opposing science in the classroom propagates prejudice in the state of Georgia, Mickey Cooper

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Boundary maintenance: an examination of municipal political participation in rural Bolivia, Spencer Fenniman

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Theoretical mathematical model of fishery economics, Andre Garron

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Power, positionality, and conceptions of stewardship and ownership in the cleanup of Nomans Land Island, Massachusetts, Michael Greenberg

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What about the Canaanites? : Liberating Liberation Theology, Lindsey Grossman

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Building Morocco through literacy: women's participation in development, Elizabeth L. Holmes

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Mapping of Diepoxybutane Damage in the Cytochrome b Domain of Mitochondrial DNA and the β-globin Domain of Nuclear Chicken DNA Using Quantitative PCR, Justin Juskewitch

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Sedimentological and geochemical characterization of East Pond, Belgrade Lakes watershed, central Maine, Robin H. Nesbeda

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Designing and implementing a user-focused Web-based database system, Rachel Noiseux

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Estimating the impact of state policy incentives on wind power development, Kellie K. Phelan

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Visual expectations: using machine learning to identify patterns in psychological data, Skyler Place

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Reaction of epichlorohydrin and epibromohydrin with synthetic DNA oligomers, Keith Romano

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Education, vocational skills, and active participation as vehicles to empowerment: the impact of non-governmental organizations on street children in La Paz, Bolivia, Melissa Rosales

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Alternative Sites of Identity Production: Going from Borderland to Homeland in a Transnational Setting, Adam Saltsman

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Evaluations and Project Effectiveness : an Investigation into the Evaluation Processes of Development Projects in Bolivia, Kristin Saucier

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Creating a Video Device Application, Kevin Septor

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Word and Image in the Contemporary Artist's Book, Rachel Tobie

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How Natural History Museums Fell From Grace, And Why They Shouldn't Have Or, Defending Museuns During the Age of Hypersensitivity, Vanessa L. Verri

Honors Theses from 2003

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Sedimentological and plant taphonomic evaluation of the early Middle Devonian Trout Valley formation, Jonathan Allen

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Extending CSP to disambiguate Linda predicate operations, Kyle Burke

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Double stranded DNA-binding studies of potential Rhodium(ll) antitumor complexes, Amity Elizabeth Burr

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Hydrogeochemical analysis of a contaminated industrial site, Amy Lansdale

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Evolving the behavior of a predator robot, Katelyn Mann

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Defining microcredit success in Bolivia, Kelly Miller

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Possible contraction and its effect on 2002 major league baseball attendance, Peter W. Newberry

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Economic effects of British imperialism on India: an analysis of the goods and capital markets 1853-1947, Katrina Noyes

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An Investigation of the Seasonal Hydrogeochemical Dynamics of a Complex Wetland in Central Maine, Justin E. Ossolinski

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Quantitative Analysis of Diepoxybutane Damage within the Chicken β-globin Domain, André M. Pilon

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Coolest MUD ever, Kevin Radloff

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Effect of competitive balance on single game attendance in major league baseball, Thomas V. Richardson