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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Extremal Graph Theory: Turán’s Theorem, Vincent Vascimini

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More Than Skin Deep? The Effect of Visible Tattoos on the Perceived Characteristics of Sexual Assault Victims, Rebecca Vilk

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The Whole World in Your Hands: An Exploration of the Benefits Diverse Literature Has on Students, Emily Wiegand

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Your Story, Your History: Social Studies and History Instruction in a Nicaraguan Primary School, Nicole Akin

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Does Inclusion Really Mean Included?, Nicole M. Aldrich

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Processes of Racialization through Media Depictions of Transracial Violence, Megan Allen

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Most Effective Intervention for Adolescent Substance Use Disorder, Nichole Anderson

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Banks vs. Credit Unions: A Comparative Analysis of Massachusetts Banks and Credit Unions Before, During and After the Recession, Mikaela Astore

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How Do You Squash a Cricket? A Collection of Essays, Kelley Barrett

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Social Media and Female Body Image, Kathryn Bell

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Making Math hAPPen: Exploring Math iPad Games with Sixth Grade Students, Molly Bennett

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Fairy Tales Rewritten: Reclaiming Womanhood for Women, Caitlin Rose Bradley

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Hell Hound Rogers or The Great Town Benefactor: Who Was Henry Huttleston Rogers, David Braga

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Beliefs about Childhood Obesity, Jillian Braley

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Quantifying the DNA Binding Properties of the Binuclear Ruthenium Complex ΛΛ-P, Nicholas Bryden

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People are Oceans: A Novel, Brianna Cataldo

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Examining the Term Transgender in Attitude Studies, Amanda Constant

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Observational Analysis of Inter-annual Boundary Layer Processes within the Glaciated Llanganuco Valley, Peru, Jason Covert

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Advanced Dual Beam Optical Tweezers for Undergraduate Biophysics Research, Brian Daudelin

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School Based Mental Health Provider Study, Amanda Dellea

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Cultural Exchanges in the Far North: Twentieth-Century Contact in the Canadian Arctic, Gabrielle Desmarais

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A Comparison of Accounting Fraud Before and After Sarbanes-Oxley, Kayla Dowd

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Apologies in Higher Education: Students' Perceptions of Professors Who Apologize, Rebecca Dunlop

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Quantum Field Theory and Jet Phenomena, David Elofson

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An Examination of Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun: Literary and Mythological Significance, Tyler Garvey

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The Virgin Beauty Queen: Gender, Productivity, and Modernity in Martin McDonagh's Ireland, Hannah Green

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Creating the Perfect NBA Team: A Look at PER and How It Affects Wins, Gregory Hamalian

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Physiological and Behavioral Effects of High Fat Diet Removal and Wheel Running in C57BL/6J Mice, Aikaterini Hatzidis

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An Era of Convergence: Joint Defense between the United States and Canada 1949-1963, Melanie Hawes

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Socio-Cultural Experiences and Openness to Music Genres, Britni Heustis

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Epistemic Problems in Contemporary History, Michael Hollien

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Determining Diesel Education in Urban Middle Schools in Eastern Massachusetts, Julianne Hooper

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Picture This! Objectification Versus Empowerment in Women's Photos on Social Media, Amber L. Horan

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The State of Bridgewater: Developments in the Bridgewater State College Campus through Undergraduate Students Activism, Kayla Jane Hoyt

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Scapegoat Hysteria: A Comparison of the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare, Andreanna Hughes

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Aligning CityLab Biotechnology Curriculum with NGSS Standards and Practices, Arianna Jefferson

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How Microfinance Can Close Asymmetrical Information on Peer-to-Peer Platforms, Justin Jones

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The Enclosure of Eden: John Clare and the Politics of Place and Past, Amanda Labriola

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Femininity and Feminism in Courtship in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Nicole Langevin

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Becoming a Certified Public Accountant: It is the Only Way to Go, Benjamin Lombard

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America's First Subway - History of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Kelsey Lynch

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Characterizations of Four Interval Wavelet Sets and Algorithms, Christopher McDonald

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Exploring the First Encounters of Native Americans and European Explorers/Settlers from Multiple Perspectives through Critical Literacy Discussions in a Fifth-Grade Classroom, Kristen Merrill

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(Knight)3: A Graphical Perspective of the Knight's Tour on a Multi-Layered Chess Board, Frederick Scott Neilan

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American Kettlebell Swing and the Risk of Lumbar Spine Injury, Steve Oikarinen

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Modeling Consequences of Reduced Vaccination Levels on the Spread of Measles, Guillermo Ortiz

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Screening and Stigma: Lack of Male Representation in Childhood Sexual Abuse Research and Literature, Dylan Preston

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Crossing the Line? Victim and Defendant Attractiveness Impacts Juror Perceptions in a Stalking Case, Kristin M. Purnell

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Conversations: Research and Choreographic Analysis, Aaron Roberts

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Development of a Kinetic Model for the Transesterification of Glycerol Fatty Acid Triesters Using 1H (1D and 2D) NMR, Leonard W. Sprague