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 1999

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The Different Voice: Louise Labe and the Evolution of Women's Writing, Jamie Smith

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The Rise of Russian Jewish Politics: Russian Anti-Semitism, and the Jewish Political Response At the End of the Nineteenth Century, Eric N. Suchman

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Shaping Realities: A Study of the Connection Between White Hegemony in Popular Culture and the Deprecatory Self-Image of African Americans, Rebecca Thornton

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Locating Shangri-La in a Colonial Past: Himalayan History, Travel, Development and Myth-Making, Joshua Waldman

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Sorting Out the American Dream - The Short Stories of Raymond Carver, Matt Williams

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The Makhnovist Movement: Peasant Rebels as Anarcho-Communists in War-torn Ukraine, Russell Young

Honors Theses from 1998

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Modeling the economic growth of Greece, Karolos A. Alexakos

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The Power of the Press: A Content Analysis of Congressional Press Coverage in National, Regional, and Local Newspapers., Kendra Page Ammann

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Deja vu in 1946: Reinterpreting the Origins of Containment, Jonathan Barry

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Astride the black horse : the politicization of famine relief operations in the Third World, Jon Bolton

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Approaches to the synthesis of two substituted aromatic natural products, Shana Bondi

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Molecular Design and Association Constants of Nizatidine-Guest Complexes, Elizabeth Corbeil

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Contributions of private investment in post-conflict Guatemala: evidence from socially responsible Maquiladoras, Jeana L. Flahive

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"Entre la espada y la pared" : "Up against the wall": Bolivian coca farmers and alternative development under the Estrategia Boliviana de la lucha contra el narcotráfico 1998-2002, Heather Anne Golding

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Approaches and Methodologies for the Synthesis of Aromatic Natural Products, Christina A. Goudreau

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Are NGOs the answer? Two cases of ecotourism development in Nicaragua, Liza Hillel

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Alternatives to nitroprusside, William T. Hiscock

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Continue with the old or start anew? An examination of Congressional election theories in the context of the 1946, 1948, 1994 and 1996 elections, Elizabeth Ivry

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Determinative factors of decision making in Congress: an analysis of sub-party coalitions, Benjamin Ling

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DNA Bending Induced by Diepoxybutane, Elisabeth Aimee Pimentel

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New approches to oxepane systems, Kenneth P. Raiche

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Shrimp aquaculture: an analysis of its evolution and organization; and the development of a shrimp growth model, Adam Rana

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Methods of pentacene and related organic molecules for semiconductor applications, Emily Reith

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Missing from the Miracle: Microcredit and Urban Market Women in Bolivia, Stephanie L. Small

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Demystifying the "Amy Tan Phenomenon" - The Contemporary Popularization of Asian American Women's Literature, Kristin M. Wildman

Honors Theses from 1997

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Celluloid blackness : race, modernity, and the conflicted roots of American cinema (1915-1939), Lincoln Farr

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Power of the party: an assessment of political party impact on the nomination processes for the U.S. House of Representatives, Cary Gibson

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Signal transduction pathways in Volvox Carteri, Heide Girardin

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Mystic, the heretic, and the Dame of Norwich: a study of Meister Johannes Eckhart, Bl. Jan Van Ruysbroeck and Julian of Norwich, A. Glos

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Mirabai's divine poetic: a feminist reading, Emily Heiss

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Predicting Gibb's free energy changes for chemical processes: interaction of cations with poly-y-glutamate, Stephanie Mann

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Calcium metabolismn in Volvox Carteri, Bridget Anne Neville

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Characterization and purification of a novel calcium binding protein in the nematocysts of Metridium senile, Joshua Oeltjen

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Computational studies of hydroboration: remote functional groups and ring size effects, Sarah Liberty Olbrich

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You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me: Covenant in Faith and History, David H. Palmieri

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Suspended particulate matter and sediment of Penobscot Estuary, Craig M. Pochini

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"Vox Populi, Vox Dei" - A Discussion of Dissent Within the Modern Catholic Church, Sleven W. Suomi

Honors Theses from 1996

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Excavation of structure 1A-48 in the urban core of La Sierra & investigation into development of the urban core in a late classic settlement Naco Valley, Honduras, Peter A. Agelasto IV

Synthesis of a PEG-bipolar-dimyristoylphosphatidylethanoline, Hacho Bohos Bohossian

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Methods and methodologies for organic synthesis, Frank Favaloro

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Remote marine aerosol in the Gulf of Maine: an SEM study, Eric S. Gordon

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State of the world's promise: the children are waiting..., Anna Hamlen

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Determination of wavelength dependent quantum yields for iron (III) photoreduction in well defined chloride media, J. Catherine Kneece

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US Conference of Mayors: National Office Paper Recycling Project, January 1996 - May 1996, Katharine Laurence

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Alternatives to nitroprusside as hypotensive agents, Timothy Casey McCullough

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Spinning the Wheel of Globalization: Employment Effects on the French and Mexican Spokes, Jennifer Pope

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Studies directed toward the total synthesis and analoging of a natural product iron chelator, Kevin Peter Rice

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Application of a CCD-Based Raman Spectroscopy System, Wilfredo Rodriguez Alvarez

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La pícara Justina: La condenación de la voz marginada del siglo XVII en España, Carmen E. Spear

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A Computational and Experimental Investigation of the Pinacol Coupling and Rearrangement Reactions, Ryan Sullivan

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Balancing Development: The Neoliberal Economy and Women in Chile, Marybeth Thomson

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Elemental Analysis of Individual Particles from the Penobscot Bay Estuary, Matthew D. Weaver

Honors Theses from 1995

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Life and Death: The Religious, Philosophical and Moral Dilemmas in Medicine, Brendan James Cavanaugh

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Exploration of heteroatom effects on reactive and structural properties of bicyclic systems, John A. Charlton

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DNA interstrand crosslinking efficiencies, sequence preferences, and organic syntheses of diepoxide metabolites in fixation, Sara Charnecki

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Diners in America : an evolutionary process, Jill Gardner

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Pinacol coupling of cycloalkanones, Andrew E. Greenberg

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Determination of Hydroxyl Radical Production Rates in Natural Waters Using the Fluorometric Reagent p-Hydroxyphenylacetic Acid, Jason D. Hosmer

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The Schwarmgeister: The Development of Ecclesiastical Doctrine Through Schismatic Movements, Michael Neal Kaplan

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Harlem Renaissance and the intertextuality of the arts of passing, Anne McManus

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Photoreduction of iron in natural waters, Matt Metz

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Synthetic pathways towards natural products development of a general oxepane methodology, Evelyn Olivares

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Transitions in masculinity and Hemingway's developed "code", Daniel Polk

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Electronic and Steric Factors Affecting Reactivity at a Heteroatom, Joshua Michael Smith

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Myth and Society: Functions, Uses, and Abuses of Myth in Society, Frederick F. Webster

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Role of the US Military in Humanitarian Interventions: The Case of Somalia, Delia C. Welsh

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Syntheses of Cross-Linking Agents, Molecular Modeling of Oligonucleotides and Polypeptide-Ion Complexes, Michael J. Yunes

Honors Theses from 1994

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Spies like us? : An analysis of six 1980s spy films and the images they presented about the Cold War, Jason Bologna

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Love, sex, & family: radical revisionings of the Oneida community, Cathryn Czernicki

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The Female Language Barrier: A Close Reading of the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Adrienne Rich, Annmarie Faiella

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Investigations of Iron Cycling in Aquatic Systems, Heather A. Lounsbury

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Studies in pinacol rearrangement and coupling, Gregory T. Lynch

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Purification and analysis of protein synthetic initiation factors from Volvox Carteri, Kathie L. Pooler

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Studies directed toward the synthesis of natural products, Sarri Salah Salman

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The Politics of Privatization in Egypt, Michelle Tadros

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The Macroeconomic Effects of Economic Integration on Developing Economies: The Case of Spain and Implications for Mexico, Jennifer L. Zwick

Honors Theses from 1993

Nitrogen fixation: polypyridyl azido complexes of ruthenium, Louise Jalbert

Honors Theses from 1992

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War on the twenties: the effects of World War I on the American public and the literary imagination of the 1920s, Laura Dwyer

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Success and failure in the life of Edwin Arlington Robinson, Katey Ford

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Isolation of protein synthesis initiation factors using Volvox Carteri: a clue to the translational control of cytodifferentiation, Claudia Hackethal

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'Peace: A Gift of God, A Human Task': Toward a Liberation Theology for Northern Ireland, David Miles Moore

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Peace, a gift of God, a human task: Towards a Liberation Theology for Northern Ireland, Davis Miles Moore

Honors Theses from 1991

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Spatial and temporal distribution of hydrogen peroxide in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, Renee Blanchard

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The Empire Strikes Out? A Look at the Nationalities Crisis in the Soviet Union, Catherine E. Breen

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False Hopes: The United States Senate and Campaign Finance Reform 1980-1990, James Heimbach

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Male Domination/Female Degradation: Women's Sexuality in Bestselling Romance Fiction from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Barbara L. Shaw

Honors Theses from 1990

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Theological Voices. PAC Politics and the Abortion Debate: Abortion Politics and the Reagan Era, Kenneth W. Barber

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Corporate hierarchies: communities of women in the fiction of Sarah Orne Jewett, Jennifer Milsop

Honors Theses from 1989

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Hardboiled American detective fiction: the novels of Ross Macdonald, Mickey Spillane & Robert B. Parker, Kathleen Dowley

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Fundamental American studies cocktail trivia, Joanne Tuffy Kriegel

Honors Theses from 1988

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Power and the Social Order: Sex Role Stereotyping in Children's Television, Christine Burke

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Irish-American fiction and the ethnic identity of Irish-Americans, Mary Carty

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Doubletake : the obsessions of Sylvia Plath, Brian Connors

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Hispanic-American culture in California, Kimberly Lynch

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Use of economic instruments in biodiversity conservation projects: the sustainability of projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Amy Lyons

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Garrison Keillor: Growing Up and Growing Old in America. Finding a Cultural Bridge to the Past., Lisa Jayne Tomasetti

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Nikki Giovanni: Sell-out or Individual?, Nell Walker

Honors Theses from 1987

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American Colleges of the 1920s: Myth vs. Reality, Deborah Fillman

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Rise to power of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy: reflections of the Cold War McCarthy era in American film, Scott Lainer

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Colby College: The Developmental Plan, Katharine V. R. Webster