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 2013

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Does Exchange Market React to Central Bank Governor Replacements: Evidence from a New Dataset using Narrative Approach, Siyang Xu

Honors Theses from 2012

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The Radon Transform and the Mathematics of Medical Imaging, Jen Beatty

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Examination of Spatial Variations in Recrystallization Mechanisms in Quartz, Emma N. Beck

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The Side Effects of Medical Marijuana: The Impact of Legalization on Marijuana and Alcohol Consumption, Anne M. Burton

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Forecasting the Future: The Early United States Weather Bureau, Robert T. Canning

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A Poet of the Sikhs: Aesthetic Embodiment in the Poetry of a Young and Elderly Bhai Vir Singh, Todd Curcuru

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The Effectiveness of Capital Controls on Capital Inflows in Emerging Markets, Kathleen A. Davis

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The Influence of Framing Effects and Regret on Health Decision-Making, Sarah Falkof

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Recurrence Relations, Fractals, and Chaos: Implications for Analyzing Gene Structure, Sarah. M. Harmon

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Island Voices, Sarah Hirsch

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Cameras, Satellites, and Surveys: A Multi-Platform Approach to Monitoring Lake Conservation Behavior, Daniel D. Homeier

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Edible Activism: Food and the Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, Sandra Johnson

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Geodynamic Constraints on the Flow of Samoan-Plume Mantle into the Northern Lau Basin, Nathan Katsiaficas

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“Called Her Women Together” Home Birth in Maine, Margaret Kruithoff

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From Pond to Pump: Microalgae as a Feedstock for Biodiesel, Anna H. Leavitt

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The Development and Morphology of Zebrafish after Embryonic Ethanol Exposure, Frances Lee

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Odd or Even: Uncovering Parity of Rank in a Family of Rational Elliptic Curves, Anika Lindemann

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Should She Run? The Decision for Female Congressíenal Candidates, Laura . J. Maloney

Northern Dragons: Transformations of Manchu Male Identity during the Early and Mid-Qing (1644-1795), Fiona R. Masland

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The Socio-Spiritual Value of Zombie Horror Films, Sierra N. Medling

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Isometries and Spontaneous Lorentz Violation in General Relativity, Greg Merritt

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A Web Application in REST: The design, implementation, and evaluation of a web application based on REpresentational State Transfer, William O’Brien

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Queer Sex Gods or Patriarchs with Fangs? Gender and Sexuality in Modern Vampire Narratives Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, and Twilight, Ashley Oliver

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Electronic Detection of Ultra Cold Neutral Plasma, Nirakar Poudel

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Reintroduction of the South China Tiger: Lessons, Assessments, and Implications, Yiyuan Qin

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Royal Crisis: Masculinity in Disney Princess Films, Kathleen Ricciardi

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Philosophical Approaches to the Catholic Church’s Prohibition of Contraceptives, Clare Saunders

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The Sexual Brain: Essentialism in Queer Popular Science A Study of the Science of Dr. Simon LeVay, Nicole G. Sintetos

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The Effect of Democracy on Economic Growth, Amy Slipowitz

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Nine, Emily C. Stuart

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What Causes Ministers of Finance to Get Fired?, Bradley Turner

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Return from Exile: The Untold Story of Pinochet-Era Exiles' Reintegration in Chile, Katy Wassam

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Life in Color, Lucy Wilhelms

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Mediums Change, Fears Stay the Same, Lucy Wilhelms

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Let Them Eat Cake, Courtney Yeager

Honors Theses from 2011

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Biomass Energy at Colby College, Rachel E. Baron

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Zooplankton of the Belgrade Lakes: The Influence of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Forces in Family Abundance, Kimberly M. Bittler

The One That Carries You Away: Essays, Blair S. Braverman

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Happy Pills: A History and Critique of Antidepressant Technology, Sarah M. Carter

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Optimization and Analysis of a Model of the Mammalian Circadian Clock, Andrew M. Cox

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Communicating Health Care Options: Dominican Herbal Remedies in the Dominican Republic and New York City, Marisa K. Crommett

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Do male physiological condition and territory quality affect female choice in the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei?, Sarah P. Flanagan

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The Ku Klux Klan: The Transformation from a Fraternity into a Religious Denomination, Amanda L. Forrester

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From Victims and Villains to Protagonists: Immigration and Citizenship in Modern Italy, Rachel Gleicher

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Economic Development Under Dominant-Party Regimes, Christopher J. Gorud

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PlayZam: An Online Learning Environment, Peter A. Graham and Sarah M. Harmon

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Genes on Trial: An Evaluation of Gene Therapy in Print Media, Hana L. Haver

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The Flypaper and Teflon Effect: Evidence From China, Cong Sheng Lyoe Lee

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Summer Camp As A Rite Of Passage: An Explication Of Camp As A Transformative Experience, Deborah J. Merzbach

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The Tubercular Prostitute: Contaminating the Consumptive Courtesan in La Dame Aux Camellias, Katherine W. Muto

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Keeping Nuclear Programs From Becoming Nuclear Weapons: A Game Theoretic and Econometric Analysis, Benjamin Guy Ogden

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Comparing Middle Permian and Early Triassic Environments: Mud Aggregates as a Proxy for Climate Change in the Karoo Basin, South Africa, Bryce Pludow

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Hastening the Wheels of Change: International Cold War Pressure and Civil Rights Reform During the Truman Presidency, Caley A. Robertson

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State Leadership for Safer Chemicals Policy Reform: Lessons from California, Maine, Minnesota and Washington, Michelle A. Russell

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Buffernomics: Assessing Willingness to Pay for Lake Conservation on North Pond and East Pond, Sophie D. Sarkar

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Purpose Found: Conditions of Meaningful Existence, Selfhood and the Role of the Other in John Milton's Paradise Lost, Anna Sawch

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The Effect of Identification Style on Confidence Inflation in Eyewitness Testimony, Kelsey L. Stratton

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The impact of tricaine methanesulfonate, 2-phenoxyethanol, and carvone-methyl salicylate on the innate immune response of zebrafish (Danio rerio), Charles R. Wulff

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We the Peoples of the United States of America: Constituting American Identities through Pluralism and Narrative, Michael .. Yohai

Honors Theses from 2010

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Cytotoxicity of Diepoxybutane and Epichlorohydrin in Relation to Stages of the Cell Cycle, Bethany L. Bartley

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Soviet Education: Communism in the Classroom, Alison W. Berryman

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Race & Rock & Roll: A Visual Analysis of Rolling Stone Cover Photography, Erica D. Block

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Describing Gray Wolf Movement Using Brownian Motion and PDEs, Ashley M. Blum

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Analysis of the Electron Withdrawing Capability of Acetylene Groups for Promoting Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution, Eric D. Braunstein

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Erasing the Steps of Kingdom: Indigenous Autonomy in Chiapas, Mexico and the Zapatistas' Re-conception of Power, Tara Brian

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The “Lunatic Fringe” -- Barry Goldwater and the Conservative Revolution of the 1960s --, Nicholas L. Bromley

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Shakespeare and Homoeroticism: A Study of Cross-dressing, Society, and Film, Leigh Bullion

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American Catholics in the Age of Obama: Identities, Politics, Dialogue, Amanda R. Burgess

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Lithium- and Oxygen- Isotope Profiles of a Mid-Atlantic Ridge Oceanic Core Complex: The Atlantis Massif, 30°N, Ellen J. Crapster-Pregont

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Determinants of Credit Ratings for U.S. Private Colleges and Universities, Robin A. Daley

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Central Bank Independence and Fiscal Dominance, Roberto Delhy Nolivos

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A Method for the Photochemical Production of Superoxide Radicals in Aqueous Acetone-Ethanol Solutions, and the Simultaneous Chemiluminescent Detection of Superoxide and Hydrogen Peroxide, Brian DiMento

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Development of a Spectral 2-D Fast Fourier Transform Analysis for Sand Ripple Morphology Interpretation, Christopher M. Englert

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Family Ties: Mainstream Environmentalists' Understanding of Radical Environmentalism in America, Zachary W. Ezor

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Fast: The Stories of a Team, Katrina J. Gravel

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The role of TaABF1 in abscisic acid-mediated suppression of -amylase gene expression in cereal grains, Lauren J. Harris

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External Sensory Organ Expression of D-Pax2 is Activated by Two Temporally Distinct Enhancers, Seth A. Johnson

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The wheat bZIP factor, TaABF1, mediates ABA-induced gene expression in bombarded barley aleurone layers, Benjamin R. Keyser

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A Disappearing Boundary?: The Changing Distinction between Combatants and Civilians from the First World War to the Present Day, Aimee Kidder

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Late Permian Paleoenvironmental Factors Expounded Through Analysis of a Forest-Floor Paleosol Profile, Karoo Basin, South Africa, Cassi Knight

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The Impacts of Land Use and Development Patterns on Water Quality of the Belgrade Lakes, Ian M. McCullough

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Foreign Direct Investment in Ethiopia: Determinants and Effects, Mesay Melese

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The differential roles of D-Pax2 variants in regulating Drosophila eye and bristle development, Colin J. O’Shea

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Patterns of Apoptotic Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Cleavage Induced by Laromustine and its Analogs, Adam N. Paine

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Continuity of FDI: Determinants and Effects on Growth, Loredana Popescu

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The Purely Reflected Self, William A. Price

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On Perfect Friendship: An Outline and a Guide to Aristotle's Philosophy of Friendship, Kristen Psaty

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Assessing Genetic Differentiation Among Populations of the Invasive Plant Impatiens glandulifera in Maine, Jordan R. Schoonover

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The Metaphysics of Modality, Kevin P. Smith

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Migration, Food and Cultural Production Across Changing Afro-Ecuadorian Geographies, Amelia J. Swinton

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The Budworm and the Mill: The Spruce Budworm Epidemic and the Evolving Forest Products Industry in Maine from 1975-1985, Steven A. Tatko

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Revitalizing the Signaling Power of Class Rank at Colby College, Nicholas Van Niel

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Therapeutic Discourse and the American Public Philosophy: On American Liberalism's Troubled Relationship with Psychology, Clifford D. Vickrey

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The Emerging Civil Society in China and Its Impact on Democratization, Haolu Wang

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No, I’m really, really bad at math: Competition for self-verification, Alexandra E. Wesnousky

Honors Theses from 2009

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Keys and Orchards: Memory and the Palestinian Diaspora, 1948-Present, Daniela Andreevska

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The Effect of Religious Participation and Permanent Income on Suicide Risk: Micro--Level Analysis, Ivan Balbuzanov

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Breaking the Cycle: The Rise of Contentiousness in Judicial Nominations, Patrick Morrow Boland

The Dust Between Two Fires: Civilian Militias in Ayacucho, Peru and Middle Magdalena, Catherine S. Coffman

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Estimation of Population Reduction and Gene Flow in the Rare Orchid Isotria medeoloides, Philip Crystal