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 2003

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Application of the Chan-Evans diaryl ether synthesis to the formation of Bis(bibenzyls), Eric Rosenthal

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Flanking Sequences Modulate Diepoxide Cross-linking Efficiencies at the 5'-GNC sSte, Gregory A. Sawyer

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Tradition, Transition, and Transformation: Presbyterianism from Calvin's Geneva to Noroton Presbyterian Church, Laura E. Shufelt

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Arthur Miller: Spirituality Explored, Courtney M. Smith

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Synthesis of Montiporynes A and B, Traci Jenelle Speed

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From Maine Farms to Maine Colleges: The Symbolism and Reality behind the Local Purchasing Efforts at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin, Kathryn L. Spirer

Honors Theses from 2002

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Impact of monetary policy and unanticipated events on stock market value, Simon Amich

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Local participation as a determinant of success in World Bank environmental projects: what is the evidence?, Catherine Benson

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Collective memory of Vichy : Moulin, Pétain, and the Vél' d'Hiv', Kathryn W. Bondy

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Integrated test for exploitation and discrimination in the National Basketball Association, Kathleen Carney

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Complex systems model of aggressive and friendly competition for resources in a simple society, Douglas Casazza

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Medicine men of the anti-progressive party : sacred sites, public lands, and the construction of religious liberty, Jacob Culbertson

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Analysis of the Colby quarterly econometric model of the U.S. economy using the economic effects of September 11th, Alison Culpen

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Synthesis and DNA binding of CIS and TRANS-RuCl2 (DMSO)4, Thomas Curran

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Effects of melatonin on hemolymph glucose and lactate concentrations in the fiddler crab, uca pugilator, Kathryn M. Dalton

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Strict producer liability and safety in the general aviation industry, Jim Drews

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Ecuador's indigenous university movement, UINPI: reconstructing identity in the search for equality, Joshua Gerber

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Asymmetric wealth effect : American consumption and the stock market, Jonathan Greene

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Soviet history reconsidered: the reform of undergraduate history teaching in contemporary Russian universities, Amy Hirschauer

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Time of Pachakutik: an Examination of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement, Eliza Cooke Kittredge

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Investigations of Intramolecular Copper (I)-arene Interactions using a NS2-macrocyclic Ligand with Different Pendant Aryl Arms, Paul J. Lee

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Photochemical generation and chemistry of α-Acetoxycarbene, Jonathan Mann

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Suits or pajamas: an economic analysis of the causes and consequences of telecommuting, Jonathan Marlow

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"Fit or fat": an empirical analysis of the factors influencing individuals' food consumption decisions, Michelle McInnis

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Private forest periphery: industrial colonization of the Maine woods, Jacob Mentlik

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Signs of life: The prognosis for monastic life in America, Sarah Miller

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Purification of the HMG1 protein and investigation of its interactions with diepoxide cross-linked DNA, Gayle Pageau

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Effect of 6-Thioguanine and Methyl-6-Thioguanine on stability of DNA duplexes, Mabaera Rodwell

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Role of venture capital financing in inflating the technology stock market bubble, Jessica Rosenbloom

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Study of area deprivation in Connecticut and Maine, Jonathan H. Ryder

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The Photochemical Generation and Intramolecular Chemistry of β-Acetoxycarbene, Martin John Schnermann

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The Environment and the SUV: Any Room for Compromise?, Eliza Newbold Schnitzer

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Modeling a Real-time Economics Simulation with User-Coded Agents in an Object-Oriented Database, Kevin Simons

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A study of ancient Near Eastern texts in relation to the Hebrew Bible, Ashley Stephanson

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Above and Beyond the Rim: An Examination of Customer Discrimination in the National Basketball Association, Carl E. Tugberk

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Attributes of a Successful Confederacy: A Comparative Analysis of the Political Institutions of the Articles of Confederation and the European Union, Kim Victor

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Communicator-in-chief: presidential use of television past, present, and future, Jenna Wasson

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Natural Theology: A Reevaluation of Christianity's Relationship to the Natural World, Briana Wright

Honors Theses from 2001

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Exploratory chemistry in route to aromatic natural products, Nicholas P. Bizier

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Quantification of nanomolar superoxide in aqueous solution : flow injection analysis using the chemiluminescent reagent MCLA., Nathan Boland

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Two hours from freedom: an examination of NGO involvement in the "Kamaiya" liberation movement of Nepal, Elicia Carmichael

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Immigrants as cultural revitalization? A study of the American quality magazines, Erin Clark

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Weaving tantra through time: Non-Dual Kashmiri Shaivism in Swami Muktananda's Siddha Yoga, Jack Comstock

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Metal ion stabilization of G-tetrads containing 6-thioguanosine, Julia Drees

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Photochemical generation and intramolecular chemistry of 2-hydroxy-2-methylpropylidene, Robin Farlow

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Looking for Nathan Bedford Forrest: negotiating historical controversies, Karin Felmly

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Isolation and investigation of the role of HMG1 in diepoxide cross-link recognition, Tiffany Frazar

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Wolves in sheeps' clothing: Creationist manipulation of Kansas science standards, Nathan Christopher Gehlert

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Photochemical degradation of 2,4-D and atrazine in well-defined media, Asher D. Ghertner

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Debt-Driven Financing: An Environmental Conservation Miracle?, Stephanie Graber

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Civil War in Missouri: a look at Confederate guerrillas' four-stage devolution, Drew Johnson

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Isolation and characterization of chromium- and cobalt-binding peptides, Michael J. Jose

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Investigating §527 Disclosure as an Effective Means of Exposing the Sponsors of Stealth Campaigns, Kase Jubboori

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Religious Visions of the Feminine: An Examination of Mainstream Hindu Ideologies, Ann W. Levy

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Study of the effects of CO2(g) on the Fe(II)-luminol chemiluminescence system: application to ultra-trace analysis of Fe(II), Sara Beth Lovitz

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No holding back now: the Americanization of Caribbean women's identities, Mieko R. McKay

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Migrants, butterflies and storytellers: expression and containment in the spaces of Mexican transnationalism, Eugenie Montague

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Role of organic peroxides in ocean waters and measuring hydrogen peroxide in ocean waters using chemiluminescent flow-injection analysis method, Christopher Morgan

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Probing the capabilities of copper complexes with nitrogen and sulfur containing macrocyclic ligands as aziridination catalysts, Jonathan Natkin

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Reevaluating U.S. intellectual property right policy in the face of globalization: moving beyond TRIPS and special 301, Warren Jr. Newberry

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Structural analysis of 6-thioguanine in duplex DNA by NMR spectroscopy, Heather Olson

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Synthetic approach to hexaoxa[6]peristylanes. A novel DDQ-induced oxidative rearrangement, Douglas Arthur Otte

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I no longer thought I was the only one: An exploration of the therapeutic value of internet forums in the healing process of former members of the International Church of Christ and the Divine Light Mission/Elan Vital, Sarah L. Richards

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Scriptural Archeology: Excavating the Presence of Women in the Torah, Vanessa Tess Sibley

Reclaming Power: An Examination of Power as Energy and Authority in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, Emily Spero Smith

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Flanking Sequence Effects on DNA Interstrand Cross-linking Preferences of Diepoxides, Subhashini Srivatsan

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Biography, Autobiography, and Memoirs in the Early Twelfth-Century, Jason E. St. Pierre

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Structural Analysis of a DNA Duplex Containing 6-Thiodeoxyguanosine by N NMR Spectroscopy and EPR Spectroscopy, Baskut O. Tuncak

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Term Limits and Women's Representation, Theresa L. Wagner

Honors Theses from 2000

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Determination of the wavelength dependence on the metal catalyzed degradation of the herbicide atrazine, Timothy Bertram

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Study concerning the initiation of the American preoccupation with diet and body image, Janet Bordelon

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Environmental effects of economic sanctions: the Cuban experience, Amanda Carucci

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DNA interstrand cross-linking by a diepoxide mycotoxin, Jacob Conklin

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American Holocaust Films: A Case Study in Jewish American Identity (1937-1993), Jeff Daniels

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Interactions of Ti(IV) and Sn(IV) Organometallic Complexes with Double-stranded DNA, Katherine MacDonald Davies

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Anger and reconciliation: relations between the United States and India, 1953-1956, Tom Donahue

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Consumed by Faith: The development of Christian Fundamentalism and its applications in contemporary society, Laura M. Gagne

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New balance of threat: East Asian alliance formation and capacity development, Ben Humphreys

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H2O2/iron/UV catalyzed degradation of the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, Chaz Langelier

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Amaterasu the Japanese Sun Goddess: Her evolution through the lenses of humans, Catherine A. McDonough

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Determination of nizatidine-guest complexation constants and computer aided molecular design, Carolyn J. Mordas

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Econometric Modeling: The Venezuelan Economy, Maria Graciela Gonzalez Muller

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Hero for the ages: the personality and character of Arnold Palmer, David Normoyle

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Confronting Domination While Confronting Domination: A Look at the Bureaucratization of an Activist Group and the "Contradictory Character of Social Movements, Brendon M. Smith

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A Computational Approach to Determining Stability Constants for Transition Metal Ion Complexes, Jason St. Clair

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The Myths & Realities of the Soviet Partisan Movement - An Analysis of the Soviet Partisan Movement in the Second Workd War: 1941-1945, Emmanuel M. Thomann

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A Catechol Approach to Natural Product Synthesis, Michelle E. Weber

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Cisplatin Interstrand Cross-linking of Defined Sequence Nucleosomal DNA, Erin Elizabeth Wilkes

Honors Theses from 1999

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Humanism and the Ignatian Spirit, Sam Atkins

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To bribe or not to bribe? U.S.-led attempts at nuclear compensation in Ukraine and North Korea, Jacob Berg

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Enlightened Paths: A Comparative Study of the Zen Gardens of Japan and the Mughul Gardens of India, Selby M. Conrad

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Tree hugging revived: the environment, development politics, and religious social protest in Thailand, Jane Hajeck

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Democracy through drugs: the role of coca in Bolivia's democratic consolidation, Shane Hoffman

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American Civil Religion in the 20th century, Mathew J. Huse

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Fostering success in elite pacted transitions to democracy: comparative analysis of transition in Spain, Poland and Hungary, Melissa Maguire

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Holy Macaroni!, Heather E. Miles

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Veil of charity: imagery and power dynamics in the United States Peace Corps, Laura Neale

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Blue dogs to new dogs: the Democratic Leadership Council and party survival, Alexander Quigley

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Exploration of immigration, industrialization & ethnicity in Waterville, Maine, Amy E. Rowe

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Visions of Workplace Equality in the Supreme Court's Sexual Harassment Jurisprudence, Lyndall E. Schuster