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 2020

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Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Bitter Taste Perception and Influence on Food and Drink Preferences, Maria K. Armillei

Modeling Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Spread Throughout the Northeast with Updated Parameter Values, Jamie A. Attanasio

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Effects of Exposure to Chinese Imports on School Spending and Revenue from Property Tax, Yilei Bao

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Ground to a Halt: A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding U.S. Government Shutdowns, Ian R. Baum

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Blessings and Burdens: Family Planning in the Rural South, Amber D. Churchwell

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The Impact of Climate Change on the Migration Phenology of New England’s Anadromous River Herring and American Shad, Charles K. Cobb

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Québécois, malgré nous : Naissance et évolution d’une identité québécoise dans trois romans de Réjean Ducharme, Serrat David

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Data-Driven Automatic Dance Improvisation in 2D, Yitong Deng

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Measuring Differential Forest Growth in the Sheepscot River Headwaters with Bitemporal Lidar, Soren Denlinger

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Impacts of a Movie's Rivals' Releasing Decisions on its Domestic Box Office Revenue, Yuanyuan Dong

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Naloxone Access and Opioid Use: A Theoretical Analysis, Caroline Dunsby

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Palestinian? Israeli? Both?: Analyzing Citizenship Experience among Israel’s Palestinians, Iliana S. Eber

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Identifying Metabolites as Markers of Fatigue in Athletes, Christopher D. George

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Spectroscopic Characterization of Atmospheric Aerosol Particle Mimics, Hayley Elizabeth Gibson

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Abraham Lincoln, the United States, and Mexico: The Implications of Memory in a Continental History, Emilie E. Ginn

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All The President’s Men? Politicization and Executive Control over the Rulemaking Process, Josh Goldberg

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Give ME a Choice: Perceptions of Freedom and the Anti-Vax Movement in Maine, Louisa Goldman

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Assessing a Two-Hit Model of Schizophrenia: Prenatal choline deficiency and induced hypofunction of NMDA receptors in male and female Long Evans rats, Samuel Gray and Samuel W. Gray

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Comunidad, antigüedad y solidaridad Ser gay en el tardofranquismo 1969-1978, Andrew Healy

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Quantum Defect Measurements for High Angular Momentum Rydberg States of Potassium, Abraham Hill

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The “Humanitarian Mystique:” Tracing the Rhetoric and Politics of Aid in Southeast Asia from the Age of the Civilizing Mission to the Present, Elizabeth M. Holland

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The Art of Sore Losing: The Effect of Outsider Candidates on the Democratic Nomination System, Cassidy Holzer

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Environmental Impacts of Oil Spills: Weathering, Emissions, and Atmospheric Processing of Crude Oil, Hannah Q. Karp

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Massachusetts Chapter 70 Education Equity Funding in Policy and Practice, Julia E. Kostro

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Food System Resilience in the Face of COVID-19: A Study of Maine’s Food Sovereignty Movement, Hania M. Lincoln Lenderking

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Acoso Visual: Staring Back at the State and Gender Conformity, Juan Luna

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The Residential Location Choices of Chabad Households: An analysis of decision making with non-price constraints, Chasity A. McFadden

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Hipersexualizada, exotificada y controlada La mujer negra en Las palmeras en la nieve, Bonje NA Obua

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Pressure through Economics: Assessing the Effectiveness of US Policy across Shifting Geopolitical Contexts, Hailey Reed

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Propaganda y progreso: el rol paradójico de la magia en la España premoderna, Alexander K. Rhodes

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Projecting regions of North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, habitat suitability in the Gulf of Maine in 2050, Camille Ross

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La PMA pour toutes : comment l'histoire et la société façonnent la médecine et la bioéthique en France, Lauren A. Ruddy

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Politiques pronatalistes au Vietnam : Le fardeau de la colonisation française, Tessa D. Schrupp

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After School Programs and Their Effect on Children's Well-Being, John Steenrod

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The Intersections of Divorce, Poverty, and Domestic Abuse, Tara Strelevitz

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"They Shall be a Kosmos:" Alexander Von Humboldt and the Ecopoetics of Walt Whitman, Benjamin Theyerl

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Development and validation of gene delivery methods for ​Crassostrea virginica, Adrienne N. Tracy

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Ending the Spanish Exception: Explaining the Rise of Vox, Ethan J. vanderWilden

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Google Search Sentiment and Sector ETF Performance, Andrew J. Williamson

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Effects of Energy Resolution and Bin Size on the Measurements of Nuclear Neutron Distributions Using Coherent Elastic Neutrino-nucleus Scattering, Hongyong Zhang

Honors Theses from 2019

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Game Theory in Cricket, Shabab Ahmed

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The Impacts of Discrimination on Mental and Physical Health, Mahal Alvarez-Backus

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The New White Moderate: Bearing Witness to the Differend of Race, Ethan T. Ashley

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Finding Obscure Black Hole Growth via Spectral Energy Distribution Modeling, Randall K. Chan

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Something Punny to Precede the Colon: Marking Whiteness and Exploring Blackness in Standup Comedy, Andrew DeStaebler

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Microadventures: Student-Empowered, Trauma Informed Outdoor Learning Projects, Jennifer Lyn Flaumenhaft

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Synthesis of Oxacalix[2]arene[2]naphthalimides and Exploration of Anion-Pi Interactions for Colorimetric Fluoride Sensing, Joseph A. Forzano

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The Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Pipeline: Attitudes, Symbolism, and Geography, Catherine W. Fraser

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Precariedad en la pantalla: El género fílmico de la crisis española, Lauren M. Grant

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A Rethinking of Gray Asexuality: What do we Learn from an Undefinable Identity?, Jason M. Gurevitch

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On Writing and Righting History: The Stakes of Holocaust Interpretation and Remembrance in Poland and the United States, Noa Gutow-Ellis

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Do Global Cities Make Green Cities? How Global Governance Impacts Transportation In Bogotá and Medellín, Eleanor Jackson

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Tracking the endangered Northern Black Racer, Coluber constrictor constrictor, in Maine to determine areas of conservation importance, Josiah Johnson

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Insects and the Evolution of Developmental Pathways: Functional Analysis of Genetic Sex Determination Mechanisms in Oncopeltus fasciatus, Josefine Just

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Basis Reduction in Lattice Cryptography, Raj Kane

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African Savannah Elephant Group Size and Behavior in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana, Katherine S. King

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Electoral Dysfunction: Assessing State Electoral Laws and Turnout in Presidential Elections, Ellie S. Krossa

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Biodiversity and Distribution of Benthic Foraminifera in Harrington Sound, Bermuda: The Effects of Physical and Geochemical Factors on Dominant Taxa, Nam Le

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Comparing the management of ADHD in the United States and Vietnam: A Cross-Cultural Exploration, Nguyen Nhat Thu Le

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Generation and Reactions of Cyclopropyl Vinylidene Carbenes, Nguyen Nhat Thu Le

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Investigating the effect crime has on Uber and Yellow Taxi pickups in NYC, Kebing Li

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Car Image Classification Using Deep Neural Networks, Mingchen Li

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Asian Jumping Worm (Megascolecidae) Impacts on Physical and Biological Characteristics of Turfgrass Ecosystems, Ella L. Maddi

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Detecting Cyanobacteria Toxins: The Human Health Impact of an Environmental Problem, Lillian E. Naimie

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Characterization of DNA-Protein Crosslinks formed by Epichlorohydrin, Tenzin Passang

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Addressing Local Food Inequity: A Youth Participatory Action Research Project in the Alternative High School in Waterville, Maine, Aanavi Patodia

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We're Having A Moment, Sophia Pelosi

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Beyond the Gates: Admissions in an Elite Schooling Context, Jamie Pine

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Bouncing Back: The Impact of Personality on Sports-Related Injury, Rehabilitation, and Recovery, Samantha Rizzo

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Pickles and Pastrami: The Core of the American Jew, Theo Satloff

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Mapping Food Access in Waterville, Maine, Katherine R. Senechal

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Algorithmic Surveillance: A Hidden Danger in Recognizing Faces, Lydia F. Venditti, Jim Fleming, and Kara Kugelmeyer

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Assessing the Invasive Potential of Najas minor in Maine, Kaitlin M. Volk

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Development of a Chemical Genetic Screen to Identify Compounds that Enhance Laromustine Cytotoxicity, Xiaoou Wang

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Primes in Arithmetical Progression, Edward C. Wessel

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Historical Patterns and Future Projections of Asian Elephant Habitat Suitability, Tiffany Wu

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Evaluating the Iron Geochemistry of Terrestrial Aerosol Sources to the Subarctic Pacific Ocean, Meg Yoder

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Developing a Predictive and Dynamic Moose-vehicle Collisions Model in Maine, Yue Yu

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A Reciprocal Reaction: The USSR Chemical Weapons Program and Its Influence on Soviet Society through Three Civilian Groups, Yun Zhang

Honors Theses from 2018

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From Forced to Voluntary Participation: The History of Biomedical Human Experimentation in the United States after the Second World War, Haley L. Andonian

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What the Walls Say: Finding Meaning and Value in Tel Aviv’s Street Art, Rachel R. Bird

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Compositional Craft and Theory Across Tonal Languages, Liam Butchart

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DISC1 knockout rats reveal sexually dimorphic patterns of impairment across development, Stephanie S. Desrochers

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Sacrifice, Benefit, and Reciprocity: Evidence from a Trust Game, Mirco Dinelli

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Welcome To Europe? Consequences of the EU-Turkey Deal for Refugees Contained on Lesvos, Julia Endicott

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GEOCHEMICAL DIFFERENCES IN CALCIC HORIZONS DUE TO PARENT MATERIAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC WATER INPUT IN SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA, Alicia Fischer

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From Antagonists to Protagonists: Muslims on the Hollywood Screen, Brooke K. Gentry

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The Colby Community in World War I, Eleanor A. Hanson

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Is It a Dragon? No, It's a Salamander. The Supreme Court's Effort to Slay the Partisan Gerrymander, Tim Harris

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The Identification and Application of Generalizable Spatial Patterns of Human-Wildlife Conflict, Vivian F. Hawkinson

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Drawing Borders: Images, Representation, and (In)Visibility of Migrants on the Balkan Route, Nora Hill

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Parametric Polynomials for Small Galois Groups, Claire Huang

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When You Meet Me Again: A Novel, Jacob O. Hyatt

Where My Girls At? Gendered Approach to Waterville Community Power Structure, Meredith Foy Keenan

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Presence and Potential Sources of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Chemicals in Messalonskee Lake, Alyssa T. Kullberg

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Calcic paleosols in a stratigraphic context from Quaggasfontein, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: Correlations in the Wapadsberg Pass area and implications for Late Permian climate, Kaci B. Kus

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Political Philosophy of the Impossible: Authority, Domination, and Social Movements, Ryan Lam

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Emerging Care Regimes: an Analysis of the Domestic Labor Market of Shanghai, Nellie S. LaValle

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Strategic Nationalism: Deciphering Chinese Strategy in the South China Sea, William Levesque

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“¿Qué coño es esto?”: Exploración de identidad de género y de orientación sexual en La mucama de Omicunlé, Vianny C. Lugo Aracena