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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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

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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