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

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Honors Theses from 2018

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Characterizing the Intracellular Distribution of Mutant Thyroid Hormone Receptor α-1 A382PfsX7, Kristin Passero

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The Effect of Appearance-Related Media on Cognitive Responses to Food, Rachel Plummer

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Turning Detection in Sandbar Sharks Through Accelerometer Data, Benjamin Powell

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Compensatory responses to Notch signaling perturbation in polyploid vertebrates, Xenopus laevis and Xenopus borealis, during embryonic development, Mark Pownall

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Lacustrine Records of Holocene Climate History and Human-Driven Landscape Evolution in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, Genevieve Pugsley

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Exposure to environmentally-relevant levels of ultrasound has biological effects: reduction in the cellular growth of yeast colonies, Elizabeth M. Ransone

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Relationship between Injury and Spirituality in Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, Katelyn Rennyson

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Ultrasound noise pollution and the potential for chronic human exposure, Isabel Ritrovato

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Founded Upon Death: A Structural Analysis of Tacitus' Annales, Nicholas Rudman

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Althea Hunt: Behind the Curtain, Samantha Ryan

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Mutant Thyroid Hormone Receptors and the Potential Effects on Cancer, Michael Salomon

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Virginia Woolf and the 'Objective' Camera: The Relationship Between Text and Image in Three Guineas and Orlando, Meilan Solly

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Accessing Light-Sensitive Polycyclic Aromatics through an Alkynyl-Prins Cyclization, Daniel John Speer

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Two-Mode Squeezing and Conservation of Optical Angular Momentum via Four-Wave Mixing in Rubidium, Nathan Super

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Modeling Social Interactions of Yeast Biofilms with a Stochastic Spatial Simulation, Aparajita Sur

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“Keeping It Real”: Re-diversification of French hip hop through Islam, Gender, and Globalization, Jesse Tanson

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From Bias to Behavior: Predicting Prejudice Towards Autistic Individuals, Caitlin Taylor

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"Back to Batoche: Métis History and Memory 1885-2015", Brendan Thomas

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Development and Optimization of Bioconjugations to Probe and Modulate Protein Function, Christopher Travis

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Eclogitization and Shear Zone Kinematics in the Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway, Catherine Valery

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TP Matrices and TP Completability, Duo Wang

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Construction of Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane Scaffolds via Intermolecular Diels-Alder: Synthesis of (±)-Brevianamide B and Progress Toward (+)-Serantrypinone, Xiye Wang

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Towards an Interactionist Dualism, Yonghao Wang

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A Flash of Creative Genius: The Effect of Implicit Motives on Inspiration, Xiaoqing Wan

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Alkyl Arylinium Iodocuprate Clusters: Structural and Spectroscopic Diversity, Amelia Marie Wheaton

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From Being to Thing: Personhood, Animalhood, and Deanimalization in the Human-Animal Relationship, Madeline White

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The Doubly Stochastic Single Eigenvalue Problem: An Empirical Approach, John Wilkes and Charles Royal Johnson

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Enhancing the Capabilities of Infrared Microscopy Apparatus, Ryan Wilmington

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Citizenship and Partiality: Group Membership and the Bounds of Morality, Hannah Winckler-Olick

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“A qué manera de libros y letras es inclinado”: las bibliotecas privadas de Navarra en los siglos XVI y XVII, Alexandra Wingate

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J.S. Mill the Democrat: Connecting Mill, Athens, and Election Reform, Devon Wolfe

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Investigation of the Catalytic Ability of Iron Complexes Containing Pendant Proton Relays for Proton Reduction, Shichuan Xi

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Ultra-High Dimensional Statistical Learning, Yanxin Xu

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Black Girl Magic: Intersectional Self-Definition in Young Adult Afrocentric Fantasy, Bezawit Yohannes

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A New Upper Bound for the Diameter of the Cayley Graph of a Symmetric Group, Hangwei Zhuang

Honors Theses from 2017

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Empirical Measures of Collective Capacity: A Social Network Approach, Matthew Anthony Adan

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From Invisible Children to Legal Citizens: An Analysis of Low National Birth Registration Rates and Global Efforts to Increase Registration, Mary K. Adgie

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Love on a Blighted Star: Nature and Female Sexuality in the Novels of Thomas Hardy, Emily M. Armstrong

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Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Generation by Cobalt Complexes, Jessica E. Armstrong

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"If there be such space:" Haunted Landscapes and Crises of Sonhood in Cormac McCarthy's Westerns, Kayla M. Armstrong

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Acute Intoxication Affects Pavlovian Conditioning in Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Fabiana T. Arrazola

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Characterization of the Role of the Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO) on Nuclear Localization and Proteolysis of the Thyroid Hormone Receptor (TR), Amanda M. Back

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Receptor Gone Rogue: Investigating Localization of a Cancerous Thyroid Hormone Receptor, Michelle Barbeau

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Photocontrol of pH via Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Aaron I. Bayles

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The Role of Executive Control Deficits in Cognitive Correlates of Dysphoria, Christian A. L. Bean

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Differential Regulation of Drosophila Testis Development by BMP Signaling, Merci N. Best

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The Mechanism of NMDA Receptor Mediated Increased in Gamma Oscillation Frequency, Prajal Bishwakarma

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Hooligans or Saboteurs? Democratic Backtracking in Eastern Europe, Courtney A. Blackington

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An analysis of oxidative damage to lactate dehydrogenase in context of neurodegeneration and catechol-based phenolic antioxidant chemistry, Lydia Boike

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Anterior-Posterior Axis Plasticity in the Developing Nervous System of Xenopus laevis, Lyuba Bolkhovitinov

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Plateau Potential Fluctuations and Intrinsic Membrane Noise, Daniel Scott Borrus

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Neural Correlates of Multisensory Integration and the Role of Musical Experience, Victoria A. Bostler

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Are You What You Eat? Selective Sequestration of Toxic Milkweed Cardenolides in the Monarch Butterfly, Jacob Brammer

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“No Great Mischief if They Should Fall”: Scottish Highland Soldiers in the French and Indian War, Douglas Breton

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Rites: Poems, Lydia G. Brown

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An Analysis of the Effects of Isocurvature Fluctuations in Dantes Inferno Multi-Field Inflation Models, Brandon M. Buncher

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Cultural Variation in Causal Attribution as an Adaptive Strategy: the Role of Relational Mobility, Hannah L. Bunting

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The Efficacy and Safety of Six-Weeks of Pre-Workout Supplementation in Resistance Trained Rats, Justin P. Canakis

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TP and TN Completability of Border Patterns, Haoge Chang

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Paintings with Doors: Three Case Studies from the Fifteenth Century Netherlands, Jacqueline T. Chapman

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Investigating Biological Properties Utilizing Synthetic Methods, Lindsay E. Chatkewitz

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Does 5-propionyl-1-dimethylaminonapthalene Fluoresce through a TICT State?, Tao Chen

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Interactions between Fiscal and Monetary Policy: A New Keynesian Model with Regime Switching Process, Zihao Chen

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Beyond "self-eating": The Role of the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in Regulating Autophagy, Patrick Christian

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Working the Garden: Women and Religion in Apocalyptic Fiction, Sarah C. Collier

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U.S. Combat Morale in the World Wars: The European Theater of Operations, Monica J. Cronin

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Responding to International Health Emergencies: Comparing the World Health Organization Response to Ebola and Zika, Halia M. Czosnek

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Regulation of Neurite Outgrowths by the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in PC12 cells and Primary Neurons, Arya Dahal

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Prosthetics in Performance: Exploring the Relationship Between Ballet Dancers and Their Pointe Shoes, Georgia E. Dassler

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The Role of EU and NATO Conditionality on Developing Democracies: A Georgian Case Study, Carolyn A. De Roster

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The Fitness Effects of Biofilm Formation and Toxin Production in Natural Yeast Isolates, Bernadette M. Deschaine

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Saving Babies Using Big Data, Evan Dienstman

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Advancements in the Photocatalysis of Iron Complexes and the Electrocatalysis of Cobalt Complexes for Hydrogen Generation, Ryan J. DiRisio

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A Numerical Study of Non-Perturbative Unification, John C. Donahue

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The neural basis of breathing rhythm: TRPM4 and TRPC3 ion channels contribute to inspiratory burst generation in Dbx1-derived interneurons of the preBötzinger Complex in mice, Kaitlyn E. Dorst

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Understanding Colorism Through the Perceptions and Social Interactions of African Diasporic Women, Ebimene Doubeni

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Feminist Theatre: A Practical Application, Rosalynd I. Duerr

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Metabolism and Oxidative Stress: Understanding the Role of Reactive Cysteines in Pyruvate Kinase, Mary Cate Duff

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Metabolism and Oxidative Stress: Understanding the Role of Reactive Cysteines in Pyruvate Kinase, Mary Cate Duff

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Erschaffung interkultureller Identität durch Sprachkontakte in den Texten von Yoko Tawada, Shihao Du

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The Neurometric Correlates of Trauma Using the Brief Neurometric Battery (BNB), Lauren N. Dybel

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The virulence factor OipA in Asian isolates of Helicobacter pylori, Kexin Fan

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The Subversion of Wagnerian Gender Dynamics in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Sophia S. Farion

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3-3-1 Models With Unique Lepton Generations and Analysis of Higgs Decays, Karen Ficenec

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When the World Becomes Flesh: The International Day of Remembrance as Spatially Redressing Hampton, Virginia's Buckroe Beach, Amirio Freeman

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Pragmatic Creative Interventions in Latin America, Catherine Freund

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Variations in flanking residues of thyroid hormone receptor alpha1 isoform, Christine W. Gao

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Nameless Art in the Mao Era, Tianchu Gao

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A Threefold Defense of Perceptual Dogmatism, Hunter R. Gentry

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A Novel Method for Quantifying Spatial Patterns in Plants, Logan H. George

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Towards a Greater Understanding of Post-Translational Modification of Transcription Factor, ArsR, in Helicobacter pylori via Bottom-Up Proteomics: Methods Development for Electrospray and Nanospray Approaches, Theresa Gozzo

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Jimmy Carter’s Human Rights Diplomacy and the Democratization of Taiwan, Cody A. Grogan

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Exploring the Multi-Mode Structure of Atom-Generated Squeezed Light, Melissa A. Guidry

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Characterization of Venusian atmospheric dynamics using Venus Express images and ground-based observations, Jacob L. Gunnarson

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Cytological and Bioinformatical Analysis of SPE-26, a C. elegans Kelch-like Protein that Functions during the Karyosome Stage of Spermatogenesis, Stephen A. Gurley

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Aphra Behn, One of Churchill’s Top Girls?: Assessing Caryl Churchill’s Lack of Deference to Behn’s Legacy, Hayley A. Hahn

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Structural Comparison of Copper(II) Thiocyanate Pyridine Complexes, Joseph V. Handy

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Operating Under Uncertainty: The Public and Private Funding of Domestic Violence Service Providers in Virginia, Jenifer N. Hartley

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The Effect of Cross-Sloped Surfaces on Running Kinematics, Erin Heald

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Patients, Prose, and Poetry: The Medical and Literary World of William Carlos Williams, Sarah Heins