W&M ScholarWorks is the official repository for W&M Honors Theses. Digital theses became William & Mary's standard format beginning in 2016. Students are required to submit their thesis in electronic form, commonly called an ETD (electronic theses and dissertations) to W&M ScholarWorks.

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Honors theses from 2021 - onwards may have restricted access for a set time period or be restricted to On-Campus Access Only based on the author's choice. Honors theses prior to 2021 are restricted to On-Campus Access Only.

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Honors Theses from 2022

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In Search of a Just Peace: Insurgency and Peace Processes in Northeast India, Dermot Curtin

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The Effect of Subsidies on Small Exporting Sectors in Chile, Leah Damelin

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Nucleotide Sequences and Transcriptomes of Inspiratory Neurons of the PreBötzinger Complex in Neonatal Mice, Caroline K. David

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Climate Change and Conservation of Milkweed: Evidence of Extensive Admixture Between Common Milkweed and Poke Milkweed, Elizabeth Davies

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Using a Machine Learning Model to Predict Plant Inflorescences based upon its Soil Microbiome, Luke Denoncourt

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Student Sleep Patterns when Exposed to Mindfulness Reminders, Zeyanna Dhalla

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Chemical Analysis of Organic Compounds in Dew Water, Monica Dibley

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Understanding Viral Impacts in Soil Microbial Ecology Through the Persistence and Decay of Infectious Bacteriophage Particles, Alli DiPietro

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Investigating the Effect of Longhorned Milkweed Beetle Larval Root Feeding on Resprouting in Common Milkweed, Margaret Donnan

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Uncovering Global Trends in Multicellularity in Natural Isolates of the Model Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Impacts on “Accidental Virulence”, Luke Ekdahl

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The Genetic Consequences of Selection for Plastic Adherence on Evolving Yeast Populations, Benjamin Epley

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The Apocalyptic Mode in Contemporary Environmental Art, Victoria Erisman

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Silver, Ships and Soil: Gift-Giving in Medieval Icelandic Sagas, Emma Eubank

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From Necessity to Novelty: Historic Trades in Colonial Williamsburg, Cecelia Rose Eure

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Free Speech and Its Limits: An Exploration of Tolerance in the Digital Age, Jamie Forte

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Bias in Artificial Intelligence: The Morality and Motivation Behind the Algorithm, Avery Freeman

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Analysis of eDNA to Assess Effects of Water Quality on Freshwater Fungal Diversity in a Virginia Coastal Watershed, Lauren French

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Hypertension Severity Impacts Declines in Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Among Women Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer, Riya Garg

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Method for Protecting Satellites from Solar Energetic Particles Using Chaotic Magnetic Fields, Seth Gnesin

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Investigating the Role of HDAC3 (KDAC3) and SIRT2 in Thyroid Hormone Receptor Intracellular Trafficking, Jordan Gooding

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The Effect of High School Racial Demographics on Cultural Competence in College Students, Lauren Grob

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Braving the Breakers: A Study of U.S. Political Polarization & the United States’ International Reputation as a Reliable Global Partner, Paige Groome

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'Carcern' and 'Wordcræft': Enclosure, Connection and Gender in Cynewulf's "Juliana" and "Elene", Katherine Grotewiel

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Validating Behavioral Testing Paradigm for Selective and Sustained Attention, Zixu Guo

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Investigating the Effectiveness of GARCH(1,2) and COGARCH(1,2) Models in Estimating Volatility in the S&P500 Index, Ethan Hackett

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Spectacular: A New Musical, Paul Hardin

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Relating Occupancy Patterns to Multi-Life-History Scales for Pond-Breeding Anurans in Eastern Virginia, Patrick A. Hardner

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Enumerating Switching Isomorphism Classes of Signed Graphs, Nathaniel Healy

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True Price of a Pack: Tobacco Expenditure and Height-for-Age in Indonesia, Madeline Helfer

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The Pandemic From Above: Estimating COVID-19 Cases Using Deep Learning and Satellite Imagery, John Hennin

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The Application of Acetyltransferase Inhibitors and Neural Networks to Thyroid Hormone Receptor Mutants, Thomas Hess

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The Other Synoptics: An Analysis of the Fourth Evangelist’s and Paul of Tarsus’ Opinion on the Significance of Jesus’ Death, the Aftermath of the Resurrection, and the Nature of Jesus, Austin A. Hillebrandt

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The Journey of Unlearning: A Close Reading of Civil War Pedagogy in Alabama and Virginia, Michaela Hill

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Revolutionizing Gender in One Minute or Less: Informally Theorizing Nonbinary Identity on TikTok, Miranda Huffer

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Investigation of Tertiary Impact Cratering and Relation to Impact Physics Theory, Mikayla Huffman

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Ambitious Boys and Girls: Childhood Failure and Gender Norms in Little Women and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Ceci Hughes

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Transcriptomic and Functional Analysis of Novel Mycobacteriophagelet Bernie and Prophage HerbertWM, Taiana James

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Process Model of Herpes Simplex Virus I-Induced Activation of Toll-like Receptor 2 Mediated Microglial Signaling in the Inflammatory Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease, Catherine Jones

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Negation & Acosmism: Hegel's Acosmist Reading of Spinoza, Jared Jones

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Metamor-Foes: Settlement Preferences and Post-Settlement Cannibalism in the Sea Star Asterias forbesi, Augustin Kalytiak-Davis

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"But a Contraband is a Free Man:" Civil War Literature and the Figure of the "Contraband", Mary A. Kardos

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Curating Couture: Collaborative Collections of Art & Design, Sandra Kaitlyn Kelso

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Taking Transparent Action: Decolonizing the American Collective Memory of Ancient Greece in the Art Museum, Sydney M. Kennedy

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Feelings of Fallenness: Affect and Gender in Victorian Fallen Woman Novels, Kate Kowalski

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Portals to Healing: Relational Art Practices as Decolonial Antidotes to Transgenerational Trauma, Whitney Ledesma

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The Basics of Diatom Frustules as 3D Printable Biomaterial: From Optimal Growth Media to Genetic Manipulation, Jindayi Liang

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An Atomic Magnetometer based on Nonlinear Magneto-Optical Polarization Rotation, Jiahui Li

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Age and Origin of the Albemarle-Nelson Mafic-Ultramafic Complex in Virginia's Eastern Blue Ridge: Rift Related Differentiated Sills?, Juliet Liscomb

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Economic Impact of the Western Africa Ebola Outbreak--A Holistic Approach, Xufeng Liu

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Modern Theory of Copositive Matrices, Yuqiao Li

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Co-planar Waveguides for Microwave Atom Chips, Morgan Logsdon

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Bayesian Spatial Model Development of Soil Core Organic Matter as a proxy for Blue Carbon Stocks within the Chesapeake Bay, Christian Longo

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Do You Salt Your Soup: Investigating the Effect of Interference Control on the Cognitive Reflection Test, Matthew Lowrie

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Disappearing Smoke: Why Black Pitmasters Are Being Left Behind by Commercialization within North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue, Charlotte Lucas

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Regulation of Testis Stem Cell Behavior by the Novel Drosophila Gene Childless gambino, Natalie Luffman

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On the Impact of Social Spending on Long-term Economic Performance in the USA, Jiayong Lu

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Zao Wou-Ki: The Infinite Landscape, Laura Yuhua Luo

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Modeling and Analyses of Mechanisms Underlying Network Synaptic Dynamics in Two Neural Circuits, Linda Ma

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Islamist Reactions to Coup D’états, Maggie Manson

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Voting Rules and Properties, Zhuorong Mao

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State Political Entrepreneurs in the Age of Modi: Opposition Politics in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal from 2019-2021, Maxwell Markel

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Chile as Champion and Relinquisher of the 2018 Escazú Agreement: A Case for Institutionalism and Performative Environmental Foreign Policy, Cora Martin

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Analyzing Function of the Novel Gene, Childless Gambino, During Drosophila Development, Pedro Massa

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Frequency and Success of Larval Clone Production in the Daisy Brittle Star Ophiopholis aculeata, Erin-Darby McClain

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Examining Labor Market Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Occupational Lousiness Indicators, Wm. Brennan Merone

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“A Sea of White Faces”: How Courtroom Portraits Undermine Justice in Virginia, Lauren Miller

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Divided We Stand: An Investigation of America’s Dual Psyche and the FBI’s War on Anti-Americanism, Laura Mills

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A Mathematical Model of Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Alzheimer's Disease, Julianne Miranda

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Differential Protein Expression in Bacteriophages CrimD and Larva, Daria Moody

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Showing Off and Going Out: China’s Vanity Project Phenomenon, Caroline Morin

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And the Band played On...But Should It?: Educational media and the AIDS crisis, Jillian Murphy

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Framing the Female Narrative: Male Audiences and Women's Storytelling Within Two Brontë Novels, Sammy Murphy

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Design and Partial Assembly of a Promoter Characterization Circuit for Mycobacteria, Elias H. Nafziger

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Using Deep Learning with Satellite Imagery to Estimate Deforestation Rates, Maeve Naughton-Rockwell

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The Bodies Politic: Sex, History, and the Promise of a Black Queer America, Jonathan Newby

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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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An Investigation of Self-Regulation as a Mediator Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Future Addictive Behaviors, Marina Pantner

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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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Mindfulness and Avoidant Coping: Examining the Behavioral Correlates of Suicidal Ideation among Sexual Minority College Students, Matt Siroty

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Synthesis and Biological Testing of Small-Molecule Mitochondrial Complex I Inhibitors, Willough Sloan

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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