Virtual Commons offers open access copies of Commonwealth and Departmental Honors Program theses and projects completed by undergraduate students who have submitted them electronically since 2013. The authors of these documents retain copyright to the intellectual property these works represent in their current form.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Gender Wage Gap: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies, Yaveline Aly

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Oral Language Interactions between Students and Teachers in One-Way and Two-Way Immersion Programs, Kristin Arnold

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The Effects of a High Fat Diet and Lithium on Social and Anxiety-like Behaviors in Bipolar and Autistic Mouse Strains, Nicole L. Arruda

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Judgements of Managerial Personality Affecting Employee Job Satisfaction, Makenzi Astore

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Applying John Kingdon’s Three Stream Model to the Policy Idea of Universal Preschool, George Atupem

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The Influence of the Renaissance on Current Teaching Methods, Marissa Balsamo

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Cultural Factors Influencing Chinese Residents and Students’ Views on Solar Photovoltaic Rooftop Adoption, Ashleigh Bell

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Identifying Significant Components of a Sexuality Education Program for Students with Severe Disabilities, Amanda Brennen

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Cracking the Code: Redefining Text Complexity, Complicating Reading Pedagogy, Creating Lifelong Readers and Learners, Sarah Bruns

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Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s Fight for Ukraine, Vitalina Buchatska

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Geochemical and Petrographic Analysis of Basaltic Rocks of the Hawaiian Island: Implications for their Evolutionary Stage of Development, Autumn A. Burrell

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Reconstructing Results From Voting Theory Using Linear Algebra, Brian Camara

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Joining Hands: Constructing Childhood Agency in the Context of Ageism, Brittnay Churchill

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A Comparison of Brick-and-Mortar and Online Last Mile Delivery Networks, Dennis Corvi

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A Comparative Program Analysis of the Safe and Successful Youth initiative in the Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities of Brockton and New Bedford, Adam J. Costa

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The Self and Society: Critical Reflection of Taking Root, Caitlyn Cribben

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The Distortion of Drugs: War, Discrimination, and Profit, Chelsea Dagen

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“Injuring Her Beauty by Study”: Women and Classical Learning in Frances Burney’s Novels, Stephanie Diehl

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Birth by Portland: A Collection of Short Stories by Shay Duchaine, Shay Duchaine

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The Internal Compass, Joshua Dyer

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The Effects of New Public Management on Public Servant Job Satisfaction, Adam Ferreira

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Accessorizing Agency: Nineteenth Century Women’s Fashion Adornments, Ashley Fongeallaz

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Poetry of Body and Soul: Personhood in John Donne, Madison Forbes

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Distribution of Plethodon cinereus Color Morphs in New England: 40 Years Later, Mariah Fossella

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Blockchain Technology: Digitizing the Global Financial System, John Frechette

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Phillis Wheatley: The Poetic Bridge Between Methodism and Romanticism, Amelia Fuss

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Does a Voice Disorder Exist in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis?, Jacquelyn Gadsby

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Combined Consumption of Alcohol and a High-fat Diet: Effects on Behavior and Health in Male and Female C57B1/6J Mice, Rachel Gelineau

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Women Expatriates: Where are They?, Clara Goncalves

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The Influence of Rotation on Black Hole Wavefronts, Eric Grotzke

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Rehabilitation or Social Isolation? The State’s Struggle with Juvenile Sex Offender Laws, Elyce C. Hall

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The Private Library: Cultural Consumption and the Fashioning of Gentlemanly Character in the Long Eighteenth-Century, Corrie Ann Hughes

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The Celtic Tiger and Ireland’s Cultural Identity, Brianna Hynes

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High Fructose Corn Syrup Down-Regulates the Glycolysis Pathway in Apis mellifera, Michelle R. Jennette

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Resisting Marriage: Defying Expectations in Three Lesbian Novels, Jennifer Jordan

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The Effect of Both Per Pupil and Science Expenditure on Fifth Grade Science MCAS Scores in Three School Districts in Massachusetts, Kaitlin Kummer

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Weed-to-Know Basis: The Public Opinion of Marijuana Use among College-Aged Individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts, Samantha Leandres

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Transformations of the Turkish Headscarf: An Exploration of the Political Meaning, Socio-Economic Impact, Cultural Influence, and the Art and Craft of the Hijab, Kelsey Gabrielle Leuenberger

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Mentally Ill, HIV-Positive, or Sexual Predator?: Determining Myths Perceived as Representative of Transgender People, Dominic C. Locantore

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Love You to Death, Kaleigh Longe

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An Accounting Student’s Place in the Job Market, Danya Marhamo

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Metacognition and Escape in Golden Age Children’s Literature, Ashley Mastrorilli

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Women’s Body Image in the Media: An Analytical Study of Recent Body Image Movements across Media Platforms, Mikayla Matheson

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Objective Measurement of Sleep by Smartphone Application: Comparison with Actigraphy and Relation to Cognition, Mood, and Self-Reported Sleep, Taylor R. Maynard

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Shari’a Arbitration Courts and Constitutional Democracy: A 21st Century Dilemma, Andrew McCarthy

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A Compact with the Whales: Confederate Commerce Raiders and New Bedford’s Whaling Industry 1861-1865, Mark Mello

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The Politics of Paternalism: New England’s Textile Industry from Corporate Capitalism to the Second Red Scare, Kelsey Murphy

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Refugee Policy & Social Integration in Jordan: Structural Barriers to Enclave Formation Among Forced Migrants to Jordan, David Nardelli

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Developing a Virtual Reality Android Application to Remote Explore a Room, Jamie Nelson

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Moving Sculpture, a Fusion of Art and Mechanics, Sarah Newton