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 2016

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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

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"Diverse but not too diverse": Social Identity, Oppression, and Resistance in Fan Culture, Julia Stern

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Reaper in the Rain: An Animated E-Book, Kurt Stilwell

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The American Electorate in Black & White: A Measure of Candidate Selection and Policy Preferences, Femi Stoltz

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Not Just Dead, But Gay! Queerness and the Vampire, William A. Tringali

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Transition to Independence: Supportive Relationships with Care Takers and Its Role on Success and Independence with Former Foster Care Youth, Jasmin Vasconcelos

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Beyond the Process God: A Defense of the Classical Divine Attributes, Steven J. Young

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Jesus, the Marxist: An Interpretation of the Nicaraguan Revolution through the Evolution of the Catholic Church in Latin America, Jose Yumet

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Clara Schumann's Piano Sonata in G Minor: A Preview of Things to Come, Jiaying Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Post-Racial or Racial Plateau?: Pym’s Revisions of Arthur Gordon Pym’s Racism, Alyssa Amaral

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A Walk through Time at the Boats Archaeological Site in Dighton, Massachusetts, Grace Bello

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Leading Women: Henry James and Feminism in The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians and The Golden Bowl, Emily Boockoff

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Exploring Similarities between Instruction in Grade 7 ELA and Mathematics Classrooms, and the Possible Benefits of Interdisciplinary Instructional Comprehension Strategies, Danielle Caron

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A Dark Side of American History: Executive Order 9066 & Japanese American Internment during World War II, Kevin Costa

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A Mathematical Foundation of the Quantum-Classical Correspondence, Nina Culver

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How Does Tutoring to Develop Conceptual Understanding Impact Student Understanding?, Kelsey Cummings

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Search & Seizure: Historical Analysis of the Fourth Amendment, Sarah Cummings

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College Students and Time Use: Do Working and Nonworking Students Spend Their Time Differently?, Heidi D'Amato

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Poverty Measurement: A Social Work Perspective, Katelyn David

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Examination of Lower Limb Ambidextrous Execution of the Snap Down Technique in Folk Style Wrestling, Nicholas DeCastro

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Wrong Plus Wrong Equals Right: Exploring the Interaction between Bacteriophage T7 Exonuclease and ssDNA-Binding Protein Using Suppressor Mutations, Stephanie Delzell

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If the Shoe Fits: An Analysis of Historical and Contemporary Adaptations of Cinderella, Heather Dupont

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Perceptions and Perspectives: Testing for Associations between Perceptions of Inequality, Autonomy, Morality and Support for Redistribution among BSU Students, Lucas A. Fagundes

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An Analysis of American Propaganda in World War II and the Vietnam War, Connor Foley

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Optimizing a Game of Chinese Checkers, Nicholas Fonseca

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Biases in Race and Social Desirability within Jury Simulations, Michelle Hallaran

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Blood of the Monster: Book 1 in the Covenant Trilogy, Emily Hayes

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A New Presidential Genre: Analyzing the United Nations Addresses from Truman to Obama, Kory Hoyt

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Exploring the Calkin-Wilf Tree: Subtrees and the Births of Numbers, Kayla Javier

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Life on the Floodplain: An Analysis of Falmouth, Massachusetts and Osaka, Japan, Shellie Johnson

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"Mad as March Hares:" Kaiser Wilhelm II, Great Britain, and the Road to War, Jeffrey Kelly

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Shaping the Future: Igniting Change in Fashion Advertising through Graphic Design, Jessica Laudati

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School Shootings and Moral Panics: Differences in Media Framing Based on Race, Class, and Socioeconomic Status, Kelly Ann Lavoie

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"Spirits Unequal": Masculinity and the Sexualization and Commodification of Discourse in Bronte's Jane Eyre, Anastacia Lowe

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Returning to Red Cloud's Vision: An Analysis of the History of Native American Education on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Nicholas Machado