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 2015

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What Carries On: Drafting, Revising, and Attention to Craft in Young Adult Fiction, Briana McDonald

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A Snapshot in Time: English Reactions to the Franco-Prussian War, Andrew McGinnis

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Analysis of Political Language Manipulation: Changing Public Perceptions of the Poor through the War on Poverty and Popular Literary Fiction, Sarah McGuire

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Stress Relieving Video Games: Creating a Game for the Purpose of Stress Relief and Analyzing Its Effectiveness, Nicole Mercer

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The Effects of Elementary School Teachers’ Instructional Practices on the Self-Confidence of College Students with Dyslexia, Christina Miceli

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Bridgewater State University Students’ Perceptions of Undocumented Immigrants, Christina Minich

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An Analysis of Numerical Methods on Traffic Flow Models, Terry Mullen

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The Zen of Daryl: A New Masculinity within AMC's The Walking Dead, Sarah Jane Mulvey

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The Effects of Simulated Jet-lag and Running-Wheel Access on the Symptoms of Type-2 Diabetes in TallyHo/JngJ Mice, Nara F. Nascimento

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Plague and Perception: The English Interpretation of Plague in Massachusetts, Sarah Peck

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Film Not Found: Current Cinematic Representation of Fat Females and Scripting the Self, Amy Pistone

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We Know You Want It: Perspectives on Predictive Shopping, Jessica Polaski

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Police Contacts and Attitudes Toward Police: A Study of Race and Policing, Gary Portway

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Dude Looks Like a Feminist!: Moral Concerns and Feminism Among Men, Renee F. Precopio

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Analysis and Dynamics of Laser Models, Kassaundra Przelomski

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The Effect of Stereoscopic (3D) Movies on Psychological and Physiological Experiences, Dawn M. Sarno

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Humanity in Posthuman Literature: The Mind-Body Connection and the Human Experience, Teisha Seaman

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Literature of the First Encounters: Using Self-Immersion in the Scholarly Study of First Encounter Texts to Develop a Fifth Grade Text Set, Angela Skrabec

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On Epistemic Egalitarianism for My P-Zombie Twin: In Defense of the Phenomenal Concept Strategy, Diane Smedberg

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Gateway Reads: Finding Texts that Matter to Students, Anne Smith

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Re-Writing the Irish Gender Paradigm in Seamus Heaney’s "Oysters" and Eavan Boland's "How it Once Was in Our Country", Kristy Snow

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Exploring Residents’ Attitudes toward Solar Photovoltaic System Adoption in China, Yaqin Sun

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Investigating the Impact of Digital and Social Media on the Country Music Industry, Casey Thomas

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Calculating the Shear and Divergence of Light Rays, Matthew Witherell

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The Environmental Impacts of Colonialism, Lawrence Wood

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A Critical Analysis of Random Response Techniques, Emanuel Zanzerkia

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Development of Body Image in Dancers: Examining Gesture's Role in Conveying Body Image, Valeria Albano

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Deriving the Dyer-Roeder Equation from the Geodesic Deviation Equation via the Newman Penrose Null Tetrad, Aly Aly

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Civil Unrest and Collective Violence in France: A Historical Comparative Analysis, Kenneth Arsenault

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Making the Dough and Knowing How to Spend it: Students' Understanding of Personal Finance, Anthony Bazile

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Correlates of Maternal Mortality: A Cross-National Examination, Amanda Blasingame

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How Judges Decide: James Wilson's Theory of Constitutional Interpretation, Geena Bournazian

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Rooms Without Men, Kailey Brennan

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The Folly of Erasmian Scepticism in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, James Cafferty

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Chain of Command: The Barriers of Reporting Sexual Assault in the Military, Danielle Christenson

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Developing a Book Buddies Curriculum for English Language Learners, Melissa M. Cieto

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Relation of Personality Traits to Cognitive Impairments and Disease Severity in Parkinson's Disease, Lindsey Clark

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A Modernity Paused: James Joyce, Catholicism, and the Celtic Revival in the Pre-Revolution Ireland of Dubliners, Sean Clifford

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A Series of Tubes, Timothy Concannon

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Mom, Dad, and Johnny, John Condry

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Generation Peace: Peace Education to Unify a Globalized Society, Jocelyn Coombs

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Perceptions and Misconceptions: The Relationship Between Education and Understandings of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness, Julie Cronin

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Communicating Shakespeare: How High School Educators Should Approach the Great Playwright, Samantha DeFilippe

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Inspiring Action through Graphic Design: An Exploration & Creation of Graphic Design to Bring About Change for Girl's Education Globally, Gabriella Diniz

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Music Therapy and Communication Disabilities: Singing, Speech, and the Brain, Jennifer Drake

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Coleridge, James and the Dangerous Imagination, Taylor Ferguson

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From Goal-Striving to "Right Intention": A Grounded Theory Analysis of Interviews with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Participants, Julia E. Field

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Prisons and Pups: An Examination of Service Dog Training and Their Weekend Families, Kendra Garcia

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Beating South Africa's Endless Plague: Making Life Easier for HIV/AIDS Orphans, Shannon Garrity

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Why the Arts?, Theresa Girardi