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Honors Theses from 2015

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Developmental responses to fluctuations in environmental conditions in echinoid echinoderms, Salma Abdel-Raheem

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Disaster and Discourse: Reactions to the 1906 Courrières Colliery Mine Disaster, Jacob Abrams

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Examining the Role of Cultural Paradigm Shift on Originalist Interpretation: Implications on the Second Amendment, Arvin Alaigh

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Role of Cholinergic Projections to the Orbitofrontal Cortex in Probability Discounting in a Rat Model, Emma Albert-Stone

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Discovering What Lies Below: the Exploration of William & Mary's Crypt Under the Chapel, Somayah S. Allibhai-Mawani

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Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the developing central nervous system of Xenopus laevis, Vollter Anastas

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Open wounds, shrunk...but wounds still: Mental Illness in the Life and Literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leah C. Bailey

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Characterization of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX-Induced Neuronal Differentiation in PC12 Cells, Dallas A. Banks

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Gentle Warlords: The Potential for Violent Non-State Actors to Provide Stability, Tyler Bembenek

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Measurements of the lead-hydrocarbon cross section ratio for charged-current neutrino interactions, William F. Bergan

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Of Myth and Memory: Collective Memory in the French World War II Museum, Elisabeth S. Bloxam

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Purpose Over Performance: Student Perceptions of International Student Service Projects, Clare K. Boczon

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A Quantitative Analysis of Insulin Signaling in Neurodegeneration, Elise M. Braatz

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A Comparative Analysis of Five Greek Fountain Houses, Maura Brennan

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A Test for Heritable Variation in Reproductive Response to Bisphenol A in a Population of White-footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Lauren N. Canestrini

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Central Auditory Processing Disorder: Towards a Therapeutic EEG Neurofeedback Brain Computer Interface, Sean R. Chadwick

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Initiation of Photochemical Reactions via FRET from Fluorescent Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Christian Chamberlayne

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Effect of Parental Dependence and Escape Drinking on Affect and Attentional Bias to Alcohol-Related cues in Pre-Adolescents, Lauren Collier

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Black Slaves, Christian Servants: Race and Legal Identity in Northampton and Middlesex Counties, Virginia, 1632-1705, Timothy A. Courtney

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First-­‐Row Transition Metal Coordination Compounds for the Electrocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen from Organic and Aqueous Solutions, Patrick M. Crossland

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Patterns of Controversy: The Factors that Influence the Passage of Voter Identification Laws, Stephen D'Alessio

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Novel methodologies to study protein S-glutathiolation using fluorescence spectroscopy, Jacob Daniels

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Spatial Patterns of Municipal Annexation and the Impact on the Cost of Police Services, Kyle B. DeMaria

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Determining Space Use of Breeding Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) Pairs in Southeastern Virginia, Akshay Deverakonda

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A Rival to the West? Comparing the Effects of Chinese and World Bank Health Aid on Health Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa, Isabel Jane DoCampo

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Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Zuzak's The Book Thief: Impossible Narration in Millennial Fiction, Maria Dougherty

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From Activism to Annoyance: Framing, Threat, and Public Tolerance toward Protest, Samuel E.R. Dunham

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Chinese National Identities and Understanding the Decision for War with India in 1962, Yuhao Du

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Ingestion of Low Density Food Particles by Suspension-Feeding Goldfish, Kristin Edwards

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Creating Cooperation: The Effects of Synchrony in Group Formation Cross-Culturally, Aleeya L. Ensign

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“Among the Graves”: Constructing Community, Resistance, and Freedom on Nineteenth Century Plantation Burial Grounds, Whitney N. Fields

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Priming for Supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Megan E. Flansburg

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A Whole Way of Life: Online Communities and Console Gaming, Carlton Fleenor

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"How Do I Know What I Think Till I See What I Say?" William James's and Carl Jung's Ideas on the Unconscious Mind As Applied to Stegner, Diana J. Floegel

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Foundations of Empire: The American Military Government in the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902, Luke Frerichs

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Persistent Population Biases in Branching Random Walk Algorithms, David J. Geroski

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The Role of Histone Modifying Enzyme SUV420H2 in Pediatric Ependymoma., Sarah Goggin

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Effects of Current Mood State on the Time-Frame Orientation of Mind-Wandering, William D. Gooding

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Diffusion-Based Biomolecular Sensing Using Low-Field NMR, John S. Gray

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Girls without Faces & Other Stories, Molly E. Greer

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Historical Precedents and Early Modern Interpretations: English Histories of America, 1500-1700, Madeline H. Grimm

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Does Entitativity Reduce Behavioral Attentional and Evaluative Biases Toward Homosexual Couples?, Nicholas M. Gupta

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Life That Thrives In Hostility: Mexico's Indigenous Communities and Self-Defense Forces, Kassia M. Halcli

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“A Constant Unfolding of Far-Resonate Action”: George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Spinoza, and the Ethics of Power, Zachary J. Hardy

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Frederick's Chessboard: Domestic Institutions and the Origins of the Seven Years' War, Caitlin Hartnett

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GEANT4 Simulation of Detector Properties in the MOLLER Experiment, Christopher R. Haufe

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The Pendragon Cycle: Celtic Christianity in the Arthurian Legend through Bards, Prophets, and Historians, Rebecca L. Heine

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To Grow or Defend? Effects of Competition and Herbivory on Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, Melissa H. Hey

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On the Non-Symmetric Spectra of Certain Graphs, Owen Hill

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Knickpoints and disequilibrium in an ancient orogen: A study of central Appalachian channel profiles around Crabtree Falls, Virginia, Michelle Hoon-Starr

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Relaxation of Planar Graphs With d∆≥2 and No 4-Cycles, Heather A. Hoskins

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Performativity of Abject Identity: Jonathon Hsu’s Coming Out Asian American, Jonathon I. Hsu

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The Effect of Functionalized versus Unmodified Graphene Oxide on Polyimide Nanocomposite Properties, Natalie V. Hudson-Smith

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Near-Field Effects in Radio Frequency Emission from Particle Showers in a Dense Medium, Rachel J. Hyneman

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Out of Good Fortune: The Economics of Tragedy in the House of Atreus, Victoria J. Jansson

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Chinmo Function During Cyst Stem Cell Establishment in the Drosophila Testis, Tyler A. Jones

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The Case of Charles Horman Revisited: Complication and Conflict within Declassification, Jacob Jose

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The Effects of Race and Stereotypes in the Advertisement of Beverages, Dahanah Josias Sejour

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Talking About Rape on A College Campus, Rachael L. Kaufman

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Novel pathways to dinitrogen via iron-mediated anaerobic ammonium oxidation, Julie Lauren Krask

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A Study of the Cosmic Ray Rate in the CHIPS-M Prototype Detector, Brandon Taylor Kriesten

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Thiols in Glycolysis: Effects of Cysteine Modification on Pyruvate Kinase Activity, Taylor K. Lain

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The Modern European: An Analysis of Ethnic Minority Identity in the Twenty-First Century, Elisabeth Laird

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Muscle Unloading Induced Sex Specific Neurophysiological and Myofiber Profile Adaptations, Colleen Leathrum

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Understanding Secession: An Analysis of the 2012-2014 Debates on Independence in Scotland and Catalonia, Lucas A. Leblanc

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Studies Directed Toward the Synthesis of Aristopyridinone A, Maren K. Leibowitz

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Modeling the Effect of Cooperativity on Ligand-Driven Fluctuations of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors, Jeffrey Y. Liu

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Deconstructing Terror: The Political Theatre of Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, and Martin Crimp, Beatrice Loayza

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A Battle for Rights Justification: Millian Utilitarianism vs. Scanlonian Contractualism, Jose A. Lopez Jr.

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Portraits of Strangers, Dana Lotito

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The Effects of Gabapentin on the Firing Rates of Thermoregulatory Neurons in the Preoptic Anterior Hypothalamus in Modulation of Hot Flashes, Lindsay A. Maguire

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Evidence Uptake among International Nutrition Actors: A Case Study in Uganda, Emily Mahoney

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Effects of Rhythmic Stress on Unstressed Syllables, Anna Gwenyth Pye Marry

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Thrown Into America: Existentialism in the New World, William Toler Marsh

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Bouts of Brain Fever: Female Rebellion and the Dubiety of Illness in Victorian Fiction, Stephanie R. Mason

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Electro- and Photocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen by Iron Polypyridyl Complexes, Kathryn J. Mayer

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Development of Novel Chemical Techniques to Address Biological Questions, Johnathan C. Maza

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The association between 5-HTTLPR and spontaneous facial mimicry: An investigation using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), Addie N. Merians

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"How Do They Do It?": Characteristics of Successful Teachers of African American Students, Chloe C. Miksovic

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A petrologic and structural analysis of metavolcanic rocks in the western Piedmont and eastern Blue Ridge provinces, central Virginia, Ciara M. Mills

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Not All Politicians Are the Same: The Effect of Gender and Political Party on Candidate Evaluation, Minu V. Nagashunmugam

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Spread of Adaptation and Migration Load in a Spatially Structured Population, Scott W. Nordstrom

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Effect of Exercise on Attentional Bias to Food in Restrained and Emotional Eaters, Emily Tyne O'Gorman

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Investigation of the interaction between graphene oxide and a biopolymer surface, Pei Pang

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Somatization in the Social Environment: Relations to Victimization and Friendship Processes Among Middle School Students, Naomi J. Parr

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Antonio Vallejo Nágera and the Discourse of Eugenics in Francoist Spain, Ethan F. Pearlstein

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3D Printing Scintillating Detectors for Field Emission Detection in Niobium SRF Cavities, Alice E. Perrin

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Genetic and Cytological Analysis of SPE-6, a C. elegans Tau Tubulin Kinase, Jackson J. Peterson

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The impacts of fire on the home range and social connectivity of a tropical passerine, Payton M. Phillips

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Embedding Justice: 
Shaming Rituals in Reintegrative Justice Systems: Spain, California, and New South Wales, William M. Plews-Ogan

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"We Made You": The Contrived and Contested Nature of Authenticity in American Folk and Hip Hop Subcultures, Kathryn E. Plunkett

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“The State of These Countries… Is Truly More Astonishing than Our Story Can Fully Convey”: The Crusader States in the Late-Twelfth Century from the Perspective of Three Pilgrims, Alaric J. Powell

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“The Borehole Has Given Us a Chance:” Health, Hygiene, and Human Development in Karamoja, Uganda, Laura E. Pugh

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Development of a Site-Selective Protein Immobilization Methodology Utilizing Unnatural Amino Acids, Benjamin K. Raliski

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High Performance Co-Polyimide Synthesis for Cosmic Radiation Shielding, Jarrell H. Raper

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Balancing the Scales: Examining relationships between Maternal Agency and Child Nutrition in Differing Developing World Contexts, Alison C. Roberts

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Reasonable Expectations: State Appellate Courts and the Third-Party Doctrine, Tanner M. Russo

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The Middle Institutions Trap: A Parabolic Association Between Institutions and Income For OPEC Countries, Jake W. Schneider

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"A product of her body as well as soul": Narrative fullness and the feminine body in the work of Julia Ward Howe, Sarah J. Schuster

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Taming of Monsters: The Postdramatic Case for Copenhagen, Shaan Y. Sharma