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 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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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

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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

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African-American Poetry, Music, and Politics, Tyler H. Macdonald

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Mechanism Design, Matching Theory and the Stable Roommates Problem, Yashaswi Mohanty

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Arts Education: A Philanthropic Priority?, Clare Murray

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Waste Reduction in Public School Cafeterias Through Sorting and Diversion: An Analysis of Three Southern Maine Schools, Jeremy P. Ravenelle

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Examining molecular markers of fertility in the male germline of the soapberry bug, Jadera haematoloma, Danielle M. Smith

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Haloferax volcanii for carotenoid production, Erika Smith

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Intercultural and Interreligious Bonds in the Language of Colors, Lucy Soucek

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The Role of EGF and Insulin Pathway Cross-talk in Wing Development in Jadera haematoloma, Jane Swart

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Investigating phosphorylation patterns and their effect on the activity of transcription factor TaABF1 in imbibing cereal grains, Grace Uwase

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What Effects Did United Airlines' De-Hubbing of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Have on Cleveland Passengers?, Joshua A. Young

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On Spectral Theorem, Muyuan Zhang

Honors Theses from 2017

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Chow's Theorem, Yohannes D. Asega

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“La Política del Avestruz”: The Regulation of the Black Market for Medical Abortion in Chile, Sophia M. Bartels

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Temporal changes in the larval Placopecten magellanicus population in a small-scale fishery closure area in coastal Maine, USA, Jessica P. Batchelder

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Devising from a Distance: a Study of the Difference in Process, Composition, and Audience Response between In-Person and Digitally-Mediated Choreographic Collaborations, Kathryn Butler

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The Anonymous Truth: Honesty and Hostility in Public and Private Online Settings, Grace S. Carroll

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Failure or Adjustment?: An Analysis of the Slowing Growth of the Chinese Economy, Kay G. DeGraw

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Protein Kinase Activity Toward TaABF1 in Imbibing Grains, Taylor P. Enrico

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Going beyond the Big Five: The Dark Triad, DSM-5, and prediction of normal and abnormal outcomes, Shanna Grant

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Tying the Knot: Applications of Topology to Chemistry, Tarini S. Hardikar

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Normal Surfaces and 3-Manifold Algorithms, Josh D. Hews

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Franco, Pedro y El género, Kaleigh E. Hoffman

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Small Town, Big Future: Preparing Rural Maine Students For College, Elizabeth C. Huber

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Earth, Body, and Spirit: Radical Motherhood and the Female Voice in So Far From God, Kiana Kawamura

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Women, War, and Social Memory in Peru: The Posthumous Careers of Edith Lagos and María Elena Moyano, Meghan Kelly

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Some Examples of the Interplay Between Algebra and Topology, Joseph D. Malionek

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CICIG in Guatemala: The Institutionalization of an Anti-Corruption Body, Greg M. Morano

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Correcting Pedestrian Dead Reckoning with Monte Carlo Localization Boxed for Indoor Navigation, Akira T. Murphy

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Trump, Twitter and the Death of the American Political Party: A Discussion of the Fate of the American Party System before, during, and after the Presidential Election of 2016, Madeleine Neider

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Social Class Identity Development and Elite Schools, Sarah Peck

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Examining Interactions between Opsins and Carotenoid Biosynthetic Proteins in Halophilic Archaea, Alexandru M. Plesa

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Vein patterning during juvenile wing development in Oncopeltus fasciatus and Jadera haematoloma, William R. Simmons

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Constructing (Hu)man Nature: A Feminist Critique of Western IR Theory, Liberal Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy, Nadia Stovicek

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America's National Parks and the Anthropocene: Addressing the Present to Accommodate the Future in Acadia National Park, Sophie A. Swetz

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Dear Reader, How Do We Go On? Letters of Reflection on Community Care in Climate Activism in Maine, Ester Topolarova

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From Coffee Shops to Dog Walks : Cultural Consequences of Neoliberal Gentrification, Diversity, and “Inclusive” Planning in Boston’s South End, Aliza K. Van Leesten

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It’s not you, it’s— Hookup Culture and Sexual Subjectivity, Anne Vetter

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Crops and Controversy: Industry’s Role in the GMO Debate, Carina Wallack

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Visions for Waterville's Future: Perceptions of its Residents, Alex Wolansky

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Shifts in Thermal Habitats in the Gulf of Maine under Climate Change: A Case Study on American Lobster, Xinyi Zheng

Honors Theses from 2016

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Resonant Collisions of Potassium Atoms, Philip Michael Adamson

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Don't Know, Do Not Resuscitate: A Principle for the Creation of the Kingdom of Ends in the ICU, Griffen Isaac Allen

Investigation of Biological, Sociological, and Statistical Factors Contributing to the Emergence and Spread of the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa, Alexandra Anne Bishop

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Police Impunity in Mexico: Creating Openings for Justice in a New Democracy, Emily Boyce

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The Effect of Temperature on the Supply and Demand for the American Lobster (Homarus americanus) in the State of Maine, Gaby E. Carpenter

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Park Politics: Political Influences on Frederick Law Olmsted & the Creation of Central Park, Kathryn Chow

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Structure and Function of Melatonin Receptors in Arthropods: A Computational Approach, James W. Connelly IV

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Analyzing Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment in Kasungu, Malawi, Andrew Currier

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Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Irruptive Fringillid Movements, Paul J. Dougherty

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A Failure to Cooperate: Why Canada, the United States, and Mexico have not Developed a Regional Energy Strategy, Timothy Dutton

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There and Back Again: The Enchanted Otherworlds of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sir Orfeo Prefiguring the Structure of Disenchantment, Andrew D. Finn

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Negotiating Order in State-Funded Care: Examining the Salience of Sponsoring Agencies in Maine's School-Based Health Centers, Susan M. Fleurant

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Are the Brain and the Mind One? Neuromarketing and How Consumers Make Decisions, Emily Glaenzer

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Pharmaceutical and personal care products concentrations in the Belgrade Lakes: A possible threat to aquatic ecosystems and human health, Serena Haver

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Global Reach, Local Markets: The Challenges of Leading Global Innovation, Sarah Higgins

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Health Care Agency: Statewide Awareness of Patient-Centered Care in Maine’s Mental Health Care Facilities, Holly Hogan A

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Assessing LakeSmart: The Development and Effectiveness of a Lake Protection Program, Alexa A. E. Junker

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Using Genetic Algorithms to Evolve Artificial Neural Networks, William T. Kearney

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Phenanthrene...With a Twist!, Nicholas S. Kim

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Human Charged Multivesicular Body Protein 2B (CHMP2B) Causes Deficits in Morning Circadian Activity when Expressed in Drosophila Clock Neurons, Christopher Krasniak

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Campaigning on YouTube: Messaging and Online Communication in the 2016 Presidential Nomination Process, Abraham Krieger

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Devising Performance & Queer Futurity, Brendan F. Leonard

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The Roles of Introduced Eucalyptus in the Conservation and Expansion of Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands, Janice Liang

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Petrography, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry of Greenish- and Reddish-Gray Siltstones Straddling the Vertebrate-Defined Permian–Triassic Boundary in South Africa, Jiawen Li

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Multiple introductions as a trigger for invasive behavior of introduced pin oak (Quercus palustris) in central Maine, Juvenal Lopez

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Shifting Baselines of Iconic Marine Species in the Caribbean, Samantha Lovell

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Arts and Elite Schooling: The Accumulation of Advantaging Forms of Cultural Capital, Hannah R. Macquarrie

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Part I: Photochemical Generation of Cyclohexyne from a Hydrocarbon Precursor Part II: A Triptycenyl Flower, Daniel Maurer

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Detecting Stock Market Bubbles: A Price-to-Earnings Approach, Austin F. Murphy

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Alexander the Great Cultural Chameleon: Changing Character & Purpose Over Time, Eva Neczypor

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The Impact of Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals on Wildlife Conservation, Eda Reed

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Ecological predictors and consequences of non-native earthworms in Kennebec County, Maine, Julia Rogers

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The Effect of Cyanobacterium Gloeotrichia echinulata in the Belgrade Lakes, Maine, Harriet T. Rothschild

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Entering Into Dialogue with Pope Francis' Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, Sarah Jeanne Shimer

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The Voluntourism Encounter: Affect, Discomfort, and Transformation in Yaxunah, Caroline Tegeler

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The Historical Ecology of Queensland’s Australian Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Emily M. Walker

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Development of a Chemical Genetic Screen to Determine Synergistic Compounds with Laromustine in Treating Glioblastoma Multiforme Cultured Cells, Ryan Weeks

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Environmental contingency of seed-fungi interactions in coexisting invasive purple loosestrife and native cattail, Shayla R. Williams

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Experimental and Computational Study of Methylphenylvinylidene and Its Rearrangements, Xi Yang

Honors Theses from 2015

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The Growing Crisis in Maine: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Olivia Avidan