W&M ScholarWorks serves as the repository for W&M undergraduate honors theses. Students are required to submit their thesis in electronic format, commonly called an ETD (electronic theses and dissertations) to the repository.

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Honors Theses from 2022

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Development of Convolutional Neural Network for Particle Identification in the GlueX DIRC Detector, Joshua O'Cain

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The Architecture of Clothing: Notions of Public and Private Space, Savannah Orsak

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Machine Learning in Healthcare: Improving the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism in COVID-19 Patients, Soheb Osmani

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Alkali Linewidths under High Temperatures and Pressures of 3He, Michael Parker

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Developing a Comprehensive 300-year Record of Contaminant Shifts in Lake Matoaka, Virginia, Rachel Parthasarthy

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Transcriptome Analysis of Zebra Finch Tissue After Chronic Low-Level Methylmercury Exposure, Paula Petersen

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'Geomorlic' or 'Eorlic?' Uncovering Early English Emotional Communities in "The Wanderer," "Deor," and "The Wife’s Lament", Hunter Phillips

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Constructing a Usable Past in Putin's Russia: St. Alexander Nevsky from Screen to Stone, Caroline Prout

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I. Synthesis of Pyrrolodiketopiperazines from an Intact Diketopiperazine Ring II. A Non-oxidative Method for Synthesizing 1,2-diketones from Aldehyde and Organometallic Building Blocks, Gwyneth Pudner

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Natural History and Habitat Preferences of the Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin): Confirmation of a Second Host Plant in Virginia Salt Marshes, Logan Rakes

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Metamorphic Success of Sea Star Larval Clones, Alexis Abigail Reece

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The Boys are Back in School: Increased Chinese Import Exposure’s Effect on Community College Enrollments, Georgiana Reece

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Cultivation through Excavation: Performing Community and Partnership in the Historic First Baptist Church Project, Eleanor S. Renshaw

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The Tale of Two Counties: A Case Study Analysis of Sociological and Systemic Health Barriers in Powhatan and Galax County, Virginia, Rebecca Rogers

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The Energy-Growth Nexus in India and the United States, Stephen Rosene

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On Certain Antinomies of Freedom: Divine Foreknowledge and Immutability, Tanja T. Rounds

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Apparel Barbarous: The Reconstruction of an Early Modern Irish Mantle, Margaret Sheridan

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The Enumeration of Minimum Path Covers of Trees, Merielyn Sher

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Investigating Text Mining Techniques Within the Context of Politicized Social Media Data, Grace Smith

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Friendship Formation Across Cultures: How Do People Meet Their Friends?, Jacqueline Smith

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Communism and the Politics of Cultural Labeling: Patriotism and Piety in American Life, Mark Smith

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The Rails that Bind: America's Freedom Trains as Reflections of Efforts to Form Cultural Consensus and Indicators of the Weakness of Cold War Memory, Daniel Speer

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In Search of Phonetic Evidence for Prosodically-Motivated Aspiration, McKinley Sprinkle

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Counting Holes in Physical Systems - Applications of Computational Homology to Systems in Physics -, Sage Stanish

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Development of a Video Laryngoscope with AI Assisted Epiglottis Bounding and Automatic Recording, Carson Stillman

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Reset The Boundary: State Activism in Juvenile Transfer Reform, Yuchen Tang

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Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs and Undesirable Healthcare Expenditures, Cody Sanford Taylor

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Development of a Vector Magnetometer based on Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in 87Rb Atomic Vapor, Alexander Toyryla

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Cultural Variations in Experiences of Stress in a Diverse Sample of Adults, Anisha Vanka

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Induction and Quantification of shRNA-Induced Cacna1g Knockdown in the Mesencephalic Locomotor Region of Mice, Ann Vonasek

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Accelerating Gesture Detection DNNs on Mobile Devices with Model Pruning and Whole Application Optimization Co-Design, Charles Wang

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Schur Class Power Series over the Quaternions, Rongbiao Wang

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Within-host Model of Poliovirus Control by Defective Interfering Particles and Interferon, Wei Wang

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The Role of Relative Humidity on Biomass Burning Organic Aerosol Photolysis, Natalie Warren

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Comparing Avian Hearing Across Taxonomic Groups, Sarah Weber

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Investigation of the Spatial and Temporal Molecular Mechanisms behind Anterior-Posterior Axis Plasticity in Developing Xenopus laevis, Bryan Weselman

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Just Two Lands? Language and Identity in Ancient Egypt, Annemarie Wolf

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Between the Gay-Straight Binary: Gender and Sexual Identities as Peripheral Cues in Advertising, Matthew Wright

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Robert Brandom on Semantics and the Objectivity of Conceptual Norms, Jiayu Wu

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Copper(I) Iodide Complexes for the Detection of Aqueous Pyridine, Stephen Yachuw

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Indeterminacy, Disagreement, and Reasonable Reference Magnetism, Jaocb (Hengyun) Yang

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Performing Asian & White Racialization: Sumié Yotsukura's Your Best (Asian) American Girl: A Cabaret, Sumié Yotsukura

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Intergroup Trust: An Examination of Expectations of Ingroup Favoritism in a Trust Game, Zhiwen Yu

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SERS Analysis of Pretreated Red Lake Colorants in Historical Oil Paintings & Development of a SERS Spectral Analysis Program with Deep Learning, Zhaoyun Zheng

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Art Collectors and Collections in Contemporary China, Yuchen Zhou

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The Characterization of the Type I DNA Methyltransferase hsdM1 (HP0463) in Helicobacter pylori, Elise Zimmerman

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The Minimum Number of Multiplicity 1 Eigenvalues Among Real Symmetric Matrices Whose Graph is a Tree, Jacob Zimmerman

Honors Theses from 2021

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Performance Implications of Memory Affinity on Filesystem Caches in a Non-Uniform Memory Access Environment, Jacob Adams

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Oil Production and Performance of Ghana’s Manufacturing, Jutta Appiah

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Small Town Happenings: Local News Values and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Local Newspapers, Dana Armstrong

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On Developing Psych Ward: A Play Representing Mental Illnesses and Personality Disorders, Abeer Hisham Ayyoub

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A Diagnosis of the Computational Implementation of Bayesian Melding for the Integrated Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation Applied to Australian Subcatchments, Caleb Baker

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"Concerning the Immersion": Trends In and Attitudes Towards Mikvah Use Among Jewish Virginians, James Barrie

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Composite Gravity in Curved Spacetime, Austin Batz

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Gender in Time, Jake Beardsley

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Progress Towards Electromagnetic Manipulation and Trapping of Micro-particles, Andrew John Beling

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“All Is Quiet in Arlington”: The Desegregation of Arlington County Public Schools and How We Remember It, Ella Benbow

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The Battle Between Expertise and Misinformation to Influence Public Opinion: A Focus on the Anti-Vaccination Movement, Alexandra Bongiorno

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Wielding a Double-Edged Sword: U.S. Confucius Institutes, Soft Power, and the “China Threat”, Emma Burleigh

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Using Zebrafish to Test a Computational Model Linking REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease, Belle Buzzi

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Blockchain in Healthcare: a New Perspective from Social Media Data, Andrew Caietti

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Mausoleum, Madison Carel

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Construction of Pyridine Derivatives Using 1,4-Oxazin-2-one Precursors through Cycloaddition / Cycloreversion Tandem Sequences, Nicole Carrillo Vallejo

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Simulation and optimization of kinematics measurements for the MOLLER parity-violating electron-electron scattering experiment, Lauren Carver

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Molecular Cluster Fragment Machine Learning Training Techniques to Predict Energetics of Brown Carbon Aerosol Clusters, Emily E. Chappie

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Performing Generational Trauma: Quan Chau's The Specter, Quan Chau

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Cacna1g transcript knockdown analysis via in situ hybridization, Jennifer (Shih-En) Chen

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Cross-Dialectal Vowel Mapping and Glide Perception, Abram Clear

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Message Reframing & COVID-19 Safety Precautions, Elise Coberly

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A Voice from the Convent: Arcangela Tarabotti in Tridentine Venice, Zoe Connell

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Spectroscopy and Dynamics of CO-NO: Intermolecular Interactions Drive Photochemical Outcomes, Daniel Costantino

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SCOPE: Building and Testing an Integrated Manual-Automated Event Extraction Tool for Online Text-Based Media Sources, Matthew Crittenden

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The Effect of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on Sociability in Adult Rats, Ian Cropley

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Concentration and Nurse Staffing Outcomes in the Healthcare Labor Market, Lizzy Crotty

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Social Spaces, Tourism, “Instagrammability, and Authenticity: The Phenomenon of Eccentric and Aesthetic Cosmopolitan-Style Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Margot Cunningham

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Defining Sexism: The Impact of Elite Cues on Conceptualizations and Labeling of Gender-Based Prejudice, Leslie Davis

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The Republic of Happiness: James Wilson, Political Thought, and the American Revolution, Kevin Diestelow

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The Minimum Number of Multiplicity 1 Eigenvalues among Real Symmetric Matrices whose Graph is a Tree, Wenxuan Ding

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A Neopragmatist Understanding of Mathematics, Yuan Dong

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Tools in Bioengineering: From Bacteriophage to Bioprinting, Stephanie Do

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mo(u)rning person, Kate Dragonetti

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Like, Share, and Fight? The Role of Social Media and Cybernationalism in Exacerbating Tensions Between South Korea and Japan, Christina Durham

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Contentious Vulnerability: Infrastructure, Assemblages, and Environmental Justice Communities, Mads Emmett

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Movement in Crisis: The Position and Lived Experience of Venezuelan Crisis Migrants to the United States, Gustavo Espinosa

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Designing and Constructing a Library of Well-characterized Mycobacterium smegmatis Promoters, Xiangyi Fang

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The Denial Machine and its Effects on Climate Policy, Peter Faragasso

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Measuring Mitochondrial Distribution in Neural Progenitor Cells in the Developing Brain of Xenopus laevis, Sihan Feng

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Weight of Words: Moral Responsibility and Freedom of Speech, Sihan Feng

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Accessing the Gray Area Between Phonetics and Phonology: the Development of Vowel Length as a Subphonemic Cue, Abby Fergus

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The Role of Spider Silk in Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Langston Forbes-Jackson

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"Epic Poems in Bronze": Confederate Memorialization and the Old South's Reckoning with Modernity in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Grace Ford-Dirks

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May the Forest Be With You: A Study of Urban Green Space Composition in Richmond, VA, Sydney Fuhrig

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Work in the Twenty-First Century: A Marxist-Feminist Reconceptualization on a Communicative Model, Ziyi Fu

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Mehr als ein Spiel: Far-Left and Far-Right Football Subcultures in Germany, Daisy Garner

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The Effect of MK-STYX on the Interaction of HDAC6 and Ubiquitin, Emma Gergel

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Multivalent Conjugation of Biologically Active Molecules Through use of Unnatural Amino Acids, Cameron Goff

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The Metaphysics of Sexual Orientation: A Pluralist Account, Neal J. Going

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Addressing Systemic Harms Through Restorative Justice Principles, Elissa Gosling

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Attentional Bias to Positive and Negative Scenes Differs Based on Traits Related to Social Anxiety, Grace Haffner

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The Remittance Behavior of High-skill Migrants: Evidence from Albania, Gillous Harris