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 2020

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Autocratic Liberalization and Gendered Speech: Evidence from the Parliament of Singapore, Elizabeth Rosen

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The Mexican Ex-Voto Tradition as a Potential Subversion of Authority, Samantha Ros

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Measuring Anti-Vaxx Sentiment on Social Media, Campbell Scheuerman

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Iron polypyridyl complexes for electrocatalytic proton reduction, Zachary Schiffman

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#LGBT: Regulation and Categorization of LGBT+ Discourse on Tumblr, Sara Schmieder

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Tell Me What You Really Think (A Novel), Marriya Schwarz

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Subgroup Diversity in Higher Education: A Case Study for Asian American Recruitment, Emma Shainwald

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A Mathematical Model for the Trend and Prediction of Movie Revenue, Yuxin Shang

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Emergency Contact, Sophia Shealy

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Inclusive Language Use and Instruction in Spanish: A Community-Informed Approach to Implementing Linguistic Changes in Education, Cristina Sherer

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Real is What You Make It: An Analysis of Authenticity and Inspiration in Daily Life, Cameron Shifflett

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Resting Heart Rate Variability at Sea Level Predicts Arterial Desaturation during Acute Exercise in Hypoxia, Kelsey Short

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Analysis of Modelling Deficiencies that Contributed to the High Unanticipated Loan Losses Incurred During the Housing Price Collapse of the Great Recession, Jennifer Shulman

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Verbs of Motion: Effects of Cross-linguistic Transfer in Spanish-English Bilingual Children, Rebecca Smyder

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Development of Wearable Sensors for Gait Analysis, Jorden Smyth

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Comparative analysis of the compensatory responses to Notch signaling perturbation during embryonic development in Xenopus species, Grace Solini

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Five-year study highlights that variation in weather relates similarly to prevalence of Ehrlichia chaffeensis in adult and nymph lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), Olivia Spencer

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Flipping the Kill-Switch: Why Governments Shut Down the Internet, Elizabeth Sutterlin

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J.G. Ballard and the Anthropocene, Noah Terrell

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Dynamics of Sensory Integration of Olfactory and Mechanical Stimuli Within the Response Patterns of Moth Antennal Lobe Neurons, Harrison Tuckman

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Determination of Thermodynamic Properties of Non-Protein Amino Acids and Characterization of Multimers of Carbamazepine, Gwendylan Turner

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Design of Smart, Lipid-Secreting Nasal Probiotic for the Suppression of Respiratory Viral Infections, Julia Urban

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Blue Cathedral, Jessica Urgo

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In the Cathedral of the Devil: Young Witches of Navarre, 1608-1614, Olivia Louise Vande Woude

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Inherited Reproduction of Violence and Trauma in 1990’s Literary Immigrant Families: An Exploration of Lucy; Breath, Eyes, Memory; and Drown, Kelsey Vita

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The Advantages of 241Am as a Dating Tool in Sedimentary Systems, Paul Volante

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Fighting for Religious Freedom; Muhammad Ali and His Battle Against the U.S. Supreme Court, Jessica Wakelin

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Unmasking a Terrane Triple Point in Central Virginia, Ryan Walter

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The Relation of Parental Incarceration to Child Self-Perception and School Programming Impacts, Sierra Walters

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Study of the Catalytic Abilities of Methyl-Functionalized & Dimethyl-Functionalized Iron Complexes for Proton Reduction, Jiashu Wang

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Non-linear Modifications of Black-Scholes Pricing Model with Diminishing Marginal Transaction Cost, Kaidi Wang

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Modernity Leave: The Sexual Mother of the French New Wave & Beyond, Theodore Wansink

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Four-Wave Mixing with Orbital Angular Momentum Transfer, Hana Warner

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THE EFFECTS OF MERCURY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEAVY METAL EXPOSURE ON GENE EXPRESSION, Maya Watson

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Resurrecting the Women of The Waste Land, Angela Rose Granados West

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Bilingualism and Emotion: How do Spanish-English Bilinguals Experience the Two Languages Differently?, Caitlyn Whitesell

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Inferring Diet of Clidastes liodontus through Comparative Skull and Pterygoid Tooth Morphology of Toxicoferan Squamates, Ian Wilenzik

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Debatable Deeds, Indisputable Identity: Negotiated Structural Violence and Honor Culture of the Anglo-Scottish Borderers, Nina Willms

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The effects of climate change and megafaunal extinction on the body size and diet of the hispid pocket mouse (Chaetodipus hispidus) over the late Quaternary, Peyton Winter

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X Chromosome Segregation During Spermatogenesis in Auanema rhodensis XX Males, Emily Ling Xu

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Stage-structured Blue Crab Population Model with Fishing, Predation and Cannibalism, Fangming Xu

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Conservation of Orbital Angular Momentum in Degenerate Four-wave Mixing via Rubidium Vapor, Kangning Yang

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The Overrepresentation of Female Students in For-Profit Higher Education, Madeleine Yi

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The Legacy of State Farms on Ethiopia’s Spatial Structural Transformation, Henry Larkin Young

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Chemical Transformation of Biomass Burning Organic Aerosols Due to Photolytic Aging, Hongmin Yu

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Structural Analysis of the Shores Mélange at the Seven Islands, central Virginia Piedmont, Terri Zach

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Imperial Professionals: American Protestant Female Medical Missionaries to China, 1880-1930, Yutong Zhan

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Modeling Hybrid Novel Traits: A case study in complex petal pigment patterning in hybrid Mimulus, Xingyu Zheng

Honors Theses from 2019

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On Macroeconomic Nowcasting and Forecasting with Satellite Imagery and Convolutional Neural Networks, Adam Abate

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The Dimetrodon dilemma: Reassessing posture in sphenacodontians and related non-mammalian synapsids, Caroline Patterson Abbott

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The Genetic Basis Underlying the Evolution of Commensal Microbes to Opportunistic Pathogens, Maliha Ahmad

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Totally Positive Completable Matrix Patterns and Expansion, David Allen

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Cloning and Characterizing Nrf2-Antioxidant Pathway Gene Expression During Embryonic Neurogenesis in Xenopus laevis., Nana Yaa Amoh

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Egoism and the Repugnant Conclusion, Nathaniel Anderson

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Sketching to Learn in High School Biology Classrooms, Emma Arents

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A Woman's Place is in the House: A Sociological Analysis of the Political Campaigns of Newcomer and Incumbent Women in the 2018 House of Representatives Elections, Caroline Arnold

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Effect of environmental history on the physiology and acute stress response of the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), Jill Ashey

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(In)Human Anatomies: Constructions of Whiteness and Otherness in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, Katherine Avery

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Light Limitation of Eelgrass, Zostera marina, by The Egg Capsules of The Mud Snail Tritia obsoleta, Matthew Baker

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Exclusive neutral pion production and Compton scattering at GlueX, Zach Baldwin

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The Impact of Guided Pretend Play on Preschool Children's Theory of Mind, Valerie P. Bambha

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Using the Prisoner’s Dilemma to Evaluate Personality Indicators of Cooperation, Vansh Bansal

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A General Weil-Brezin Map and Some Applications, Benjamin Bechtold

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The relationship between acute exposure to hypoxia and heart rate variability in unacclimatized individuals, Grace Becker

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Disentanglement of Whisker Deflection Velocity and Direction, Srijan Bhasin

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Peer-Mediated Interventions for Middle School Students with High-Functioning Autism, Katelyn Birchfield

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Median Energy Imaging of Supernova Remnants with Chandra X-ray Observatory, Anne Blackwell

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Interactions Between an Education Polygenic Score and SES in Determining Health in Young Adulthood, James Bolyard

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'I walk pure before God!': Narrative Structure and Reimagined Negotiations in the Victorian Female Bildungsroman, Devon Boyers

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An investigation of the role of Ttyh1 in neuronal development via CRISPR/Cas9 genetic knockouts in Xenopus Laevis, Sabrina Bracero

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Spatial Encoding with Single-sided NMR, Madeline Brass

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Pion Identification through Machine Learning for the MOLLER Experiment at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Anne-Katherine Burns

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Spheroidal Carbonaceous Particles in a Virginia Mill Pond Provide a Record of Local and Regional Coal Combustion, Kayla Cahoon

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Rankin-Cohen Brackets and Fusion Rules for Discrete Series Representations of SL(2,R), Emilee Cardin

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Identity in Flux: Gender Norms and the English Language in Today’s Ukraine, Melanie Carter

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Flow Dynamics in the Oral and Opercular Cavities of the American Shad (Alosa sapidissima), Cassandra Chang

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Deconstructing Patriarchal War Narratives: State Mythmaking and Documentary Prose of Svetlana Alexievich, Molly Charles

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Annual Movement Patterns and Microhabitat Use of Two Anaxyrus Species in the Southeastern Coastal Plain, Courtney Check

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Rust Belt City Revitalization: Estimating the Effects of Input Stock on Post-Recession Economic Recovery of 51 Rust Belt Cities, Cheng Chen

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Parcel area and distance to protected land but not complexity explain avian richness on private property in fragmented forests, Ellen Chinn

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The New Covenant: Welfare Reform and American Exceptionalism, Villemaire Choo

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“Deceived by Misrepresentations”: An Examination of Nicolino Calyo’s "Servants at a Pump", Rachel Ciampoli

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Ghosts of the Anthropocene, Riley Covert

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Twitter Sentiment Analysis on Leicester City's Phenomenal 2015/16 EPL Title Winning Season, Eyosyas Dagnachew

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Universal Love and “Ageless Ambiguity”: Political Erasure in Call Me By Your Name, Alicia Devereaux

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Deconstructing Resilience: Running, Personality, and Psychopathology, Laila Drury

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U/Pb Zircon Evidence for a Cryptic Suture in the Goochland Terrane, Virginia, Hope Duke

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Everyone is Pro-life: The Historical and Cultural Influences on Elite Discourse of Abortion in Argentina, Emily Earls

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Christianity During Times of Crisis: The European Refugee Movement, Kathryn Eckler

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(Re-) Staging Translation: Meaningful Interaction with Hindu Devotional Objects in the Western museum, Emma Efkeman

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Identity Among Barbadian University Students and Their Attitudes to Migrant Labor, Daniil Eliseev

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Jumping through Hoops: The Rise and Demise of the Hoop Petticoat in the Eighteenth Century, Charlotte Engel

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How Effective are Retention Ponds at Mitigating the Effects of Urban Runoff?, Joanne C. Ensley

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'Poverty of Particularity:' Reconciling Divine Transcendence and Imminence Using Gregory Palamas' Essence-Energies Distinction, Luke Erdahl

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Optimizing Silver Nanoparticles for Pigment Identification in Art, Carolyn Farling

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Effect of Descriptive Social Norms on Implicit and Explicit Responses to Foods, Giselle Ferguson

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Crazy Women and Crazier Men: Mental Illness and Gender in Television Shows and Fan Conversations, Hannah Ferster

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Meridian, Benjamin Fox

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Peer Emotion Socialization and the Development of Aggressive Behavior in Adolescence, Sara Franklin-Gillette

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Reaching with Light: The Impact of Remote Tool Use on Size and Distance Perception, Sarah Grace Frary