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 2021

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Archaeology Saves the Bay: The Sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Fishery, Mary Young

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Purple Magpie Terrace: A Story of His and Hers, Zheng Yu

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Modeling Effects of Macroeconomic and Fundamental Factors in Equity Returns with Machine Learning, Xinzhi Zhang

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Between Historical Continuity and Discontinuity: A Microhistory of Les Établis (Intellectual-Workers) during Les Années 68 (the years surrounding 1968) in France, Jialu Zou

Honors Theses from 2020

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A By-Letter Comparison of the Andalusian and Maghrebi Calligraphic Scripts, Christopher Ahrens

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Sleeping with the Television On: How Popular Culture Content Implicitly Informs Political Reality, Grace Amato

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Underspecification in Language Processing, Adam An

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Nonnegative Matrix Factorization Problem, Junda An

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The Commodification of Helen: Tracing the Phallic Economy of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Quinn Arnone

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Development and Upgrade of a Laser Cooling and Trapping System of Ultracold Potassium Atoms, Bennett Atwater

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Learning about Learning with Deep Learning: Satellite Estimates of School Test Scores, Heather M. Baier

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Jefferson’s “Marble Mausoleum”: Incongruence in the Historical Memory of Thomas Jefferson, 1936-1943, Meredith Barber

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Predator-Induced Phenotypic Plasticity Across Life History Stages in Echinoderms, Danielle K. Barnes

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Adaptation of a Low-Cost Hyperpolarization Technique for Use with Single-Sided NMR, Ruth A. Beaver

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Up Close and Personal: Ritual, Social Criticism, and the Russell Tribunal, Henry Blackburn

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The Carver's Choice: Tilman Riemenschneider's Monochromatic Altarpiece of the Holy Blood, Grace Bland

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Young Adults’ Autistic Behaviors and Social Anxiety Predict Eye Fixations in Social Scenes, Minna Blottner

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Confronting Toxicity from the Beehive: Ecofeminist Alternatives to Capitalism, Bianca Bowman

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A study of matr3 and its effects on the neural progenitor cells of Xenopus laevis tadpoles, Kendall Branham

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Skin and Bones: A Sculptural Exploration of Form and Structure, Evan Broennimann

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Two Component System Independent Acid Response in Helicobacter pylori, Catharine Burgess

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Changing Notions of Identity: Transformations in Jewish Self-Identification Before, During, and After the American Civil War, Heather Byrum

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Studies in SEOP Hyperpolarized 3He: Measuring Ko and the Spatial Dependence of Alkali Polarization, Michael Cairo

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Data Acquisition and Analysis for Helicity-Correlated Asymmetries in PREx-II, Quinn Campagna

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Terra Nullius and the Svalbard Question: Exploring an Anomaly in International Law, Luke H. Campopiano

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The Sun Sets on Chinchontepec: (Re)productions of Salvadoran Memory, Aida Campos

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Investigating Differential Gene Expression in Zebra Finch Embryos due to Methylmercury Exposure, Natalie Caputo

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Meet Your Meat: Imagined Intergroup Contact on Implicit and Explicit Responses to Food, Stephanie Cerrato

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Wildcrafting Our Queerness: LGBTQ+ Art, Archiving, and Activism in Contemporary Appalachia, Maxwell Cloe

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Perceptions of Confronters of Racist Remarks Towards Interracial Couples: The Effects of Confronter Race, Assertiveness, Explicit Bias, and Participant Race, Jada Copeland

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Lighting Design Analysis of She Kills Monsters, Christian Crabbs

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Who's in Charge Here? How Motivations Shape Instances of CEO Activism, Clare DaBaldo

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Investigating the Genetic Diversity of Viruses in Soil Using a Marker Gene Approach, Nakul Dar

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The Use of Themself to Refer to a Singular Antecedent, Cassandra Davenport

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Schieß, Bruder: Turkish-German Rap and Threatening Masculinity, Manasi Deorah

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Trade Talks and Populist Thoughts: The Rise in Populist Rhetoric Following China's Accession to the World Trade Organization, Samuel Desmarais

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Worthy Widows, Feckless Fathers, and Innocent Babes: Experiences of Poverty in Early Industrial England, Emma Diduch

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Photolytic Aging of 4-Nitrophenol: Effects of Fresh and Aged Secondary Organic Aerosol on Atmospheric Lifetimes, Lydia Dolvin

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Rethinking the Genesis of Mudéjar Architecture in Medieval Toledo, Elizabeth Dowker

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Evolutionary Dynamics of Alzheimer's-linked Prion Conformers in Yeast, Matthew M. Dungan

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Charlotte Brontë's Victorian Women: A Psychological Analysis in Light of Jungian Theory, Virginia Elam

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Choosing One’s Own Demise: Autopsy of a Student-Led International Alternative Break, Maya FarrHenderson

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Atomic Magnetometry for the Detection of Cardio-magnetic Fields, Alexander Fay

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RMSE-Minimizing Confidence Intervals for the Binomial Parameter, Kexin Feng

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All the News Fit to Print: Egyptian and Tunisian Media Development and Political Toleration through Arab Spring, Seth Fiderer

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The Self-Reference Effect: How Elaborative Processing and Associability Function Through Self-schemas, Jennifer Fiedler

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The Role of Time and Nicotine Dose on Anxiety Measured with Light Enhanced Startle, Ross Fladeland

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Border Control: The Use of Language as it Relates to Compensatory Control Theory, Elizabeth Flatt

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The 'Rabbits' of Ravensbrück: Medical Experimentation at the Nazi Concentration Camp for Women, Jenna Galberg

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Health Effects of Spousal Caregiving Among Elderly Americans, Renee Garrow

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Vulnerability and Resilience of Tidal Marshes along an Estuarine Salinity Gradient, Megan Gillen

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The Impact of the 1981 Automobile Voluntary Export Restraint on Commuting Zone Level within the United States, Owen Giordano

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Disentanglement in a Contested Setting: Testing the Effects of Cultural Reminders on Kahan et al.'s Geoengineering Result, Michael Giovanniello

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Gait Characterization Using Computer Vision Video Analysis, Martha T. Gizaw

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Reviving Refuse: Individual Agency in Meknes, Morocco’s Waste Management Services, Anna Gleason

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"The Most Eloquent Dissents:" Writ Writing at Parchman Penitentiary, Aleyah Gowell

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The Relationship Between Emotion and Codeswitching in Spanish-English Bilingual Speakers, Alyssa Grzesiak

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Synesthesia and its Cognitive Correlates, Bailey Hall

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Speaker into Specimen: The Representation of Dialect in Victorian Fiction, Hunter Hall

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Computational Simulations of Temperature-Dependent Dynamics in Type II Superconductors Using a Material Specific Formulation of Ginzburg Landau Theory, Aiden Harbick

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Modeling Movement: A machine-learning approach to track migration routes after displacement, Ethan Harrison

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An Empirical Study of Bicycle Sharing Systems Using a Product Diffusion Context, Lincoln Hartnett

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Conformational Changes of Lactate Dehydrogenase Isozymes, Benjamin Hauk

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The Rise and Fall of ‘New Ulster’: Northern Irish Politics in Flux, 1963-1969, Aaron Higgins

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Euthyphro, Non-Conditional Valuing, and the Possibility for Evaluative Error: A Humean Approach to Animal Ethics, Elisabeth Holmes

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Material Affection: An Exploration of Materiality in the Anthropocene, Ella Kasten

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Employing Unnatural Amino Acids to Develop Bioconjugations, Multivalent Conjugates, and Protein Modulation Strategies, Elizabeth King

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Impact on Personality on Attitudes towards Diversity and Diversity Initiatives, Sana Lall-Trail

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Examining Professional Athletes’ Role as Political Opinion Leaders, Carl Lasker

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Deposition and Deformation of Marbles at the Blue Ridge - Piedmont Transition, Central Virginia, Evan Laughlin

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Impacts of Spatial and Temporal Variation on the Benthic Nitrogen Cycle in the York River Estuary, Evan Lawrence

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Photocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen Catalyzed by Iron (III) Polypyridyl Complexes, Margaret Lawrence

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Sizes of Self-Assembled Spider Silk Nanofibrils, Angelica Lin

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Attentional Bias to Low-Calorie Foods in Restrained Eaters, Yuxin (Vicky) Liu

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A RNA-Seq Transcriptome Analysis of Plasticity in the Developing Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis in Xenopus Laevis, LeAnn Lo

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Characterization of TRα1 Mutants Associated with Metabolic Disorders and Cancer, Carolina Lopez Silva

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Joan of Archetype: Gendered Images of Joan’s Heroism in French Cinema, Julianna Luecke

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The functional role of mitochondria in neural progenitor cells, Alyssa Luz-Ricca

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Synthesis and Investigation of Asymmetric Diyne and Polyyne Compounds for Biological Activity, Lauren Mazur

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Development of Convolutional Neural Nets for Κ/π Differentiation at the GlueX Experiment, Matthew McEneaney

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The Homoerotic Architectures of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Samuel McIntyre

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Navigating Neoliberalism: Sounds, Spaces, and Success in Kuala Lumpur's Underground Rap Scene, Helen Gypsy McMillian

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Studying and Correcting for Helicity-Correlated False Asymmetries in the PREx II and CREx Experiments, Carrington Metts

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“You Only Have Time to Explode’”: Nathanael West’s Novels, Mass Media, and Illusory Dreams, Edward Millman

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Italian Feminism and the Actualization of Libertà in the 1970s: The Role of Women in the Reproductive Landscape, Cody Daniel Mills

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What Europe Learns About Itself: Political Differences and their Effects on Citizenship Education about the European Union in England, Scotland and Nordrhein-Westfalen, William Moore

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Learning & Planning for Self-Driving Ride-Hailing Fleets, Jack Morris

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Effect of Spatial Surround and Sound on Individuals, Taylor Noem

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Probing the Localization Patterns and Selectivity Filter of Thyroid Hormone Receptor alpha 1 Mutants, Jerry O'Dwyer

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White Liberalism: Jordan Peele Reads Harper Lee, Nicholas Oviedo-Torres

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Patterns of Relations Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Risk-taking Behaviors, and the Influence of Protective Factors on Harm Reduction and Resilience In a University Student Sample Survey, Hope Parker

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The Effect of Intranasal Orexin A on the Interaction between Social Isolation Stress and Attention, Saurav Pattanayak

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A Space of Their Own: Women's Political Involvement in 1790s United States Capitals, Tessa Payer

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Using Unnatural Amino Acid Technologies to Immobilize and Regulate Proteins, Emily Mae Peairs

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Assessing the Implementation of India’s New Health Reform Program, Ayushman Bharat, in Two Southern States: Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Kalyani Pillai

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Effects of nicotine on attention: role of orexin-1 receptors, Stacy Pitcairn

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The Artist as Archaeologist of the Colonial Archive: Towards a New Political Imaginary, Kristen Popham

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Constructing History: John Everett Millais and The North-West Passage, Eleanor Pschirrer-West

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Just Right White: The Lord of the Rings Franchise and Postmodern Race and Racism, Brooke Rees

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Moroccan Identity in the 1980s: The Theory and Policy Implications of Studying Moroccan Identity, Heather Rodenberg