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 2021

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Social Capital UnMASCed: The Role of Social Capital in State-Level Economic Growth, Meredith H. Allen

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A Generalized Polar-coordinate Integration Formula, Oscillatory Integral Techniques, and Applications to Convolution Powers of Complex-valued Functions on $\mathbb{Z}^d$, Huan Q. Bui

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MOT-based Lifetime Measurements of Potassium-39 5p1/2 and 5p3/2 States, Huan Q. Bui

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Una deconstrucción espacial: Movimiento Maricas Bolivia y la resistencia Indígena cuir, Cooper J. Bussberg

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Socrates and the Divine Mission of Political Friendship, Ronahn I. Clarke

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Investigating the AGN-Merger Connection Using Close Galaxy Pairs in the CANDELS Fields, Sean L. Dougherty

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Golden Mountains: Pike's Peak, Western Capitalism, and the Making of the Colorado State: 1858-1876, Jason T. Dunn

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Gold Mining Districts and Path Dependence, Jason T. Dunn

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The Transcendental Foundation of Kant's Cosmopolitanism, Daniel J. Ellison

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Artificial Reefs: a History, a Science, a Technology, Mairead D. Farrell

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Beyond Realism: Reading the Ongoing Wounds of Enslavement in Beloved and Kindred, Stephanie Fawell

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Stimulated neutrino oscillations in supernova, Shannon J. Gray

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Sailors’ Perceptions of Offshore Wind Energy in the Northeastern United States, Henry Harris

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Counting Conjugacy Classes of Elements of Finite Order in Compact Exceptional Groups, Qidong He

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Reconstructing the Voting Rights Act: Subnational Action and Voting Rights Post-1965, Sean M. Holly

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Reduced performance of ash-specialist caterpillars on non-native, cultivated Oleaceous plants, Grace Horne

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Neo-Colonial Actors?: Analyzing French NGOs in Francophone West Africa, Katharine R. Kilcoyne

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Increasing Police Accountability to the Citizens it Serves: The Production of High-Quality Public Services Through Bottom-Up Governance, Esther B. Kim

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Bitter Waters: And Other Stories, Sydney R. Koeplin

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COVID and the Classroom: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Special Education and Policy Implementation, Danielle Lange

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Comunidad y contagio: La narrativa del brote de COVID-19 en España, Samantha Lee

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Morphological Variance in Mouthparts and Foraging Behavior in Bumblebees, Ye Jin Lee

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Use of Small Molecule Fanconi Anemia Pathway Inhibitors as Sensitizing Agents to Laromustine., Sam W. Marchant

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Estimating Heading from Optic Flow with Neural Networks, Natalie T. Maus

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"Nice, Quiet Hand": The Creation and Navigation of Feeling Rules in a Second Grade Classroom, Avery Munns

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Ethnicity and Education: College Attendance Patterns Among Early 20th-Century Maine's Immigrant Community, Jacob M. Nash

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Contrasting Patterns of Nutrient Limitation in the Littoral and Pelagic Zones of Mesotrophic Maine Lakes, Grace C. Neumiller

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You're Hired: An Analysis of the Determinants of the Hiring of Head Coaches in College Women's Soccer, Sofia M. Oliveira

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Convolutional Audio Source Separation Applied to Drum Signal Separation, Marius Orehovschi

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Ganar Local: La política cantera del Athletic Club y la construcción de lo vasco, Sam Orenstein

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Pollen: A Secure, Decentralized Wireless Communication Platform, Max Perrello

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Us and Them: Populism in the United States, Julia E. Pfau

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The Museum as a Mirror: Reinterpreting and Delinking American Landscape Art from Colonial Narratives, Blythe C. Romano

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The Tetralemma of Nothingness, Samuel O. Sessions

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Identity-making and spatialization among Colby College's international students, John G.G. Shamgochian

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College Application Fee Effects on Applicant Volume, Diversity, and Academic Quality, Benjamin J. Smith

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‘The Robinhood Effect’ - Digital technology in global financial markets and its effects on investor decision making, Ben Steib

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El mar y la gente: Hacia una contextualización de lo indígena en El botón de nácar, Jonathan Braden Taylor

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From Fire to Ash: Merging and Mediating Popular Fiction and Literary Elements in Writing, Aaron A. Thibodeau

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Protecting Privacy in COVID-19 Digital Contact Tracing, Nicolas M. Turner

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Should We Pool or Should We Nationalize? A Quantitative Assessment of the Role of Sovereignty in Brexit, Alexa K. Urmaza

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Visualizing the Range of Glaciers: Science, Art and Narrative, Claire E. Waichler

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Impact of the North American Monsoon on Molt Migrant Passerines, Liuqingqing Yang

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The Predictive Power of the Term Structure Under Unconventional Monetary Policies, Luying Yang

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Microbiome community and parasitic infections in wild bees, Mark G. Young

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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Creating Dynamic Spaces: Exploring Student-Empowered Self-Expression through Art, Meghan E. Charest

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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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How Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Gender Shape Feelings of Competition within the Pre-Med Department at a Small Liberal Arts College, Amanda B. Deming

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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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Armed Non-State Actor Power Accrual Mechanisms in Times of Apolitical National Crisis, Samantha J. Kane Jiménez

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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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Executive Function Deficit as a Precursor to Memory Impairments in hApoE4 Transgenic Rats, Kaitlin McManus

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A qualitative assessment of attitudes toward environmental-health concerns in Vietnamese -owned and -operated salons in the Greater Seattle Area, Cindy Pham Nguyen

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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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Diversity, Bias, and Student Outcomes, Amanda J. Schmidt

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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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Where virtue goes: Stories, Radihika Vu Thanh Vy

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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