The Senior Scholars Program is a college-wide program that provides the opportunity to devote significant time to a major project resulting is an intense independent research project which is completed during a student's senior year. The Independent Study Committee sets the requirements for the project and its final format. Each student, upon completion of the Senior Scholars Paper, 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.

All Senior Scholars Papers in this collection are available for review and research purposes at no cost. This open access policy in no way diminishes the copyright responsibility of those viewing or downloading the documents. The authors of these documents retain the copyright to the intellectual property these works represent in their current form.

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Senior Scholars Papers from 2012

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More Than Just Nonsense Verse?: The Language of Dr. Seuss and Children's Literacy, Nicole Hewes

Senior Scholars Papers from 2011

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Hail, Diversity, Hail: Questioning the Campus Climate at Colby College, Sonia R. Mahabir

Senior Scholars Papers from 2009

High Mass Star Formation and Modelling High Mass Protostellar Object IRAS 18151-1208, Kaylea Nelson

Senior Scholars Papers from 2008

Comics as Commerce: The Graphic Novel, Consumer Culture, & Postmodern Theory, Hootie Giangreco

From the Kunstkammer to the Art Museum, Justine Ludwig

Senior Scholars Papers from 2007

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Sculptural abstraction of landscape, Devin Colman

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Interlocking oppressions of sisterhood: (re) presenting the black woman in nineteenth century blackface minstrelsy, Catherine Downing

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Science, Technology and the Garden of Maine: Industrial Farming in Aroostook County, 1850-1900, Thomas J. H. Reznick

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Workin’ It Out at Curves – Religion, Gender, and the Body in Contemporary America, Jamie K. Singelais

Senior Scholars Papers from 2006

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You know how I know you're gay? : masculinity and homophobia in mainstream comedy, Lijah Barasz

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Experimental economics methodologies and applications: price competition among gasoline stations, Albert Goodman

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Be the Change You Wish to See: National Attiudes and Climate Change Policy, Emilia Tjernstrom

Senior Scholars Papers from 2005

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The Econometric Value of Silence and Noise as Seen by a Non-practicing Marxist, Stephen Whelpley

Senior Scholars Papers from 2004

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Constructing a Structural Macroeconomic Model Using Multiple Techniques, David Cohen

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Ghetto feminism: neo-black feminism for the black hip-hop generation(s), Chyann L. Oliver

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A Genetic Algorithms Approach to Learning Communication and Coordination in Simulated Robots, Chris Sotzing

Senior Scholars Papers from 2003

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Opting out of oppositionality : toward an informed and engaged "third wave" feminism, Amanda Ashman

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Politian: a critical analysis, Jessica A. Martin

Senior Scholars Papers from 2002

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Cognitive model of new data on human problem solving, Eric Fleischman

What is your substance, whereof are you made?, Monty John Hobson

Reconfiguring sex: the paradoxical relationship between intersexed and transgendered identities, Amy Reznitsky

The Politics of Restoration Authorship: The Collaboration of Dryden and Purcell on King Arthur, or the British Worthy, Kristina Tabor

Senior Scholars Papers from 2001

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Building an Interactive, Three-dimensional Virtual World, Raymond Mazza

Modernity, tradition, and American identity in advertisements, 1918-1929, Binah Palmer

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The Colored Museum, Ethnic Theater: A Representation of African American Culture, Reality or Stereotypes, Michelle-Nicholle Denise Richards

Fata Morgana, Erin Rogers

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Drawing from Words, Hannah E. Smith

Senior Scholars Papers from 2000

Building Phaeacia: Generating Artificial Societies, Peter Aykroyd

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Machine learning and small robot navigation, Christopher Ireland

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Designing a Remote Navigation System, Jared P. Lazzaro

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Evolution of conceptual art: a senior scholar project, Kempton Mooney

Ground-Truthing Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner Images, Adam J. Schwartz

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Celtic Traditions, Lindsay L. Stewart

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La Esperanza, Elizabeth Tippet

Interpretation of Thermal Infrared Multispectral (TIMS) images using six-channel emissivities, Taylor Tribble

Senior Scholars Papers from 1999

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Siamese connection, Rosecrans Baldwin

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We are not who we are, Patrick Bishop

In the Company of Eighth Graders: Portraits from one Language Arts Classroom in an American Public School, Lindsay M. Hayes

Crossing the Bar: Compositional Process in the Choral Works of Charles Ives, Peter King

Unfinished Business, Cate Tynan

Good Neighbors, Jamie Nash Yourdon

Senior Scholars Papers from 1998

The Evolution of the Literary Myth of Petersburg Between Two Revolutions, David C. Brenneman

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Metamorphic epiphany -- 3D animation, Michael G. Corr

A Cry from the Ruins, Joan Giblin

Epidiascope: Works, Elizabeth Krenicky

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Elijah Parish Lovejoy the Man and the Myth, Scott Shirey

Selected Poems of Seamus Heaney: Construction of Eden and Innocence Lost, Jeni Kate Spear

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From Image to Image Maker: Contemporary Irish Women Poets and the National Tradition, Rebecca Troeger

Senior Scholars Papers from 1997

Ethel Ray Nance -- a quiet heroine who fought incessantly for racial justice, Heather Elizabeth Bend

"Course it's not like being at home": Aging in Place at Shady Acres, a Residential Care Facilty, Pamela Herd

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Medical treatment and care of hospitalized Maine women, 1874-1882, Jenny Higgins

Reversible Phosphorylation of Proteins in Volvox Carteri, Larisa Jovanovic

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Painting meditation on the human form, Hillary Ellen Kane

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Saint or Sinner: The construction of the Hillary Rodham Clinton myth, 1992-1996, Susanna Montezemolo

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Just which Reality do you Mean? Users' Experiences of Virtual Spaces, Woodrow Heath Pollack

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The Portrayal of Enemies in Propaganda during the Russian and French Revolutions, Carole Reid

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Beyond the Threshold: Life in the New Russia, Amanda Sprang

Senior Scholars Papers from 1996

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Modersohn-Becker und Rilke: künstlerische Affinitäten, Maylene Cummings

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Context and legacy of the 1992 Perot presidential campaign, John Daly

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Dead town dreaming -- a novella and selected poems, Caleb Dolan

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Dwelling in possibility: aestheticizing identity in African American women's fiction, Whitney Glockner

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Children's status and children's rights, historically and cross-culturally, Kori Heavner

Finding the Words, Caitlin Johnson

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Medical treatment and the good death: an ethical analysis of euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and the right to die, J. Christopher McMath

Electron microprobe partition coefficient measurements near the OL-OPX-CPX-GAR join at 10 kilobars, Matthew O'Connell

Politics of decentralization in Poland since 1989, Eva Piotrowski

In hopes of Black-Jewish redemption: counter-hegemonic activism and theological communion, Andrew Rice

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A Catalyst for Culture: Early Child Development and Education in Japan, Kate Swenson

Senior Scholars Papers from 1995

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Realistic Abstractions, Kenneth Bailey

Struggle to Maintain Cultural Identity: a Cambodian American Experience, Rothana Chap

Queering sacred spaces: Identity Politics, Queer Theory, and Womanist Theology, Michael Cobb

Beckett on the Boards: A Realization of Godot, Scott W. Cole

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Post-glacial vegetational history of the Great Bog, Belgrade, Maine, John Dawson

Rat Bastard, David James

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Last street in town: a collection of poems, Gillian Kiley

Hitler and God: God in Hitler's policy-making, Noah Learner

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Use of microprojectile bombardment in transient expression assays to analyze protochlorophyllide reductase gene expression in greening maize seedling leaf cells, Jennifer J. Marden

Early Genealogy of the Concept of Will: Freedom, Rationality, and Action in Hellenistic and Early Christianity Philosophy, Caleb Mason

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Power outage, and other poems, Wendy Oram-Smith

" Waking to Empire": Reading the National Politics of Mary Shelley and Charlotte Bronte, Charles E. Prescott

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The American Indian : the Creation of a National Native American Heritage, 1880-1920, Brian A. Schwegler

Leaving and other Stories, Asdis Thorsteinsson

At the Wall: A Study in Drawing and Painting, Samuel Ogden White

Senior Scholars Papers from 1994

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Slack tide, Allison Alsip

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Soft money : private foundations of party politics, Erik Belenky

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Democratic civic education: preparing the students of today for the society of the future, Andrew Carlson

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Sculptural inquiry into geometric and organic forms, Gregory Christopher

Biomolecules in Maine bogs, Jennifer Dinn

As You Like It, Tara Estra

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Racism as subtext: the contemporary school desegregation controversy, Heather Beth Johnson

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"A Theory in the Flesh": The Art-full Politics of African-American Women'sAutobiographies, Betsy Maclean

Correction of Misperception: the Rediscovery of the Ends and Means of Liberal Reform in the Unemployment Compensation Title of the Social Security Act of 1935, Michael Luke McCabe

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Characterization of the 4.5S RNA molecule in Escherichia coli, Bruce John Panilaitis

St. Augustine's theology of the body in American Catholicism, Francis Pullaro

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Intent and Method: A Study of Female Characters in Aeschylean and Euripidean Drama, Elizabeth H. Strafaci

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The Physiological, Enzymatic, and Genetic Characterization of Staphylococcus sp. Chromium (VI) Reductase Function, Matthew J. Trudeau

Senior Scholars Papers from 1993

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Gravity: a new play by Greg Belanger, Greg Belanger

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Insuring cleaner oceans: the economics of oil pollution prevention, Donald E. Bindler

Presidential Precampaign & the Press, William Charron

Examination of the Roles of Microtubules and Microfilaments in Developing Nematocytes of the Sea Anemone Metridium Senile, Michael Genco