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 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

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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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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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

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

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

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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

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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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The effects of nutrient limitation on toxin production for the harmful algal bloom species, Pseudo-nitzschia, in the Gulf of Maine, Julia M. Park

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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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Silicon and tin substituted halocyclopropanes: approaches to new carbenes and strained cyclic allenes, Noura Srour

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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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Stable Bromine Isotope Signature of Bromoform from Enzymatic and Abiotic Formation Pathways and its Application in Identifying Sources of Environmental Bromoform in the Damariscotta River, Chengyang Wang

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Painters of Modernity: A Bourdieusian Analysis of Manet and Degas, Gillian Wei

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Human Charged Multivesicular Body Protein 2B (CHMP2B) Mutant Variant CHMP2BIntron5 Causes Notch Signaling Gain-of-Function Phenotypes in Drosophila External Sense Organ Cell Lineages, Caroline M. Wilson

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Algebraic Number Theory and Simplest Cubic Fields, Jianing Yang

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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

Modeling the Quantum Dynamics of Hydrogen Transfer Reactions in Enzyme Catalysis, Emma G. Berger

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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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A Novel Method for Determination of Ammonium Isotope Ratios with Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry, Rebecca J. Chmiel

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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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Photochemical Generation of Carbenes and Ketenes from Phenanthrene-based Precursors Part I: Dimethylalkylidene Part II: Diphenylketene, Tarini S. Hardikar and Tarini 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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I Remember it Like This: Essays, Robin C. Lewis

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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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An alternative approach to training Sequence-to-Sequence model for Machine Translation, Vivek Sah

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The Process of Reclaiming Tribal Sovereignty Through Healthcare Autonomy, Karolina A. Serhan