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 2014

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Dynamics of Climate Change: Explaining Glacier Retreat Mathematically, Robert Guillette

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Transfer of Arabic Grammatical Knowledge to Spanish Subject-Verb Agreement, Jennifer Herzog

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The Past is Present: Exploring Methods of Cooperation Between Archaeologists, Native Americans, and Museums in Southern New England, McKayla Hoffman

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Jane Austen and the 21st-Century Classroom, Maureen Jecrois

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More than Just Food: Analysis of Food and Social Interactions, Kelsey Kazlauskas

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Graphic Designers and Brain Surgeons, Both Highly Trained, Yet Not Interchangeable: The Creation of Promotion Materials for Springfest 2014, Alanna Mehrtens

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Using the Objectification Theory Framework to Assess the Unique Body Image Concerns of Women Experiencing Homelessness, Melanie K. Mitchell

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Influence of Traditional and Nontraditional Entries on Figure Skating Jumps, Bryanna Nevius

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Transcending Borders: Mexican Experiences with Migration, Race and Identity, 1910-1965, Marissa Nichols

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Does Parental Divorce Have an Affect on a Child's Education?, Brittany Odenweller

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Visions of the Amistad: American Public Engagement with the Amistad Story, Samuel Perkins

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Grafton Ave.: A Screenplay, Christopher Porazzo

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Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Kerrie Pratt

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A Statistical Analysis of the Role of Critical-Thinking Games in College Students' Quantitative Reasoning, Melissa Radevicz

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Exploring the American Revolution from Multiple Perspectives through Critical Literacy Discussions in a Fifth-Grade Classroom, Janelle Roberts

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The Construction of Ethnoreligious Identity Groups in Syria: Loyalties and Tensions in the Syrian Civil War, Eliott Rousseau

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Exploring Omissions from Historical Chronicles in Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy, Christopher Roy

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Elementary Students' Strategies for Solving Visual Logic Tasks, Camille Schulman

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Strategic Analysis of Casino Expansion into Massachusetts, Nicole Sherman

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The Power of the Gaze: Self- and Partner-Objectification Within Same-Sex Relationships, Diane Smedberg

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Adam Smith: Providing Morality in a Free Market Economy, Kendra Tully

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Colonization through the Eyes of Dolls: An Iconography of the Doyle Doll Collection, Erika Umali

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No One is Alone: Responsibility, Consequences, and Family in Into the Woods, Jennifer White

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A Revisionist Herstory: Self-Determination in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, Genevey Ziino

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Efficiency and Reliability of the Transit Data Lifecycle: A Study of Multimodal Migration, Storage, and Retrieval Techniques for Public Transit Data, Matthew Ahrens

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Doomed: A Speculative Work of Science Fiction, Caitlin Angelo

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Stepping Into Nationhood: The Threat of Emasculation in Irish Society, Lauren Baker

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Abandoning Standard Assumptions in Pareto Optimization Models: Simulating Market Scenarios with Incorrectly Estimated Preference Structures, Joshua Bernard

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LGBT Homeless Youth in Boston, Massachusetts: Experiences Regarding Resources and Potential Barriers, Brittney Connery

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Songs for the Nightingale, Michael Cotter

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A Bull Market for Moll Flanders: A Female Capitalizing on the Changing Economic Climate of Eighteenth Century London, Sarah Damewood

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LGBT Aging and Elder Care, Brian Diehl

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Common Fundamental Domains for Lattices of the Same Volume, Ashley Erwin

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Smooth as Raven's Claws, Kyle Farnworth

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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Creating a Collective Identity, Megan Fletcher

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The Social Construction of Literary Understanding in a 3rd Grade Classroom During Interactive Read-Alouds, Adriann Flint

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Why Words Matter: Framing Immigration in America, Kayla Harvey

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Behind the Scenes: A Look at Socio-cultural Messages in Situation Comedies and their Effects on Gendered Messages, Victoria S. Hogan

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Ex-Prisoners' Perceptions of the Availability And Effects of Services in Correctional Settings, Jenna Houston

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The Object of Desire: How Being Objectified Creates Sexual Pressure for Women in Heterosexual Relationships, Tiffany Hoyt

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"How Beauteous Mankind Is": Utopian (In)humanity as Questioned by Shakespeare and Answered by Huxley, Jason Kelliher

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Renaissance Drama and Magic: Humanism and Hermeticism in Early Modern England, Caitlin A. Larracey

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Kinematic Analysis of Hip and Knee Joints between Barefoot and Shod Treadmill Running, Stephanie E. Lloyd

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"Terrorism" in the Age of Obama: The Rhetorical Evolution of President Obama’s Discourse on the War on "Terror", Kelly Long

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A Study in Sherlock: Revisiting the Relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, Rebecca McLaughlin

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A Study of Women through 18th-Century Literature: as Reflected by the Works of Jane Austen, Or, a Re-visioning, Nicole Miller

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Beyond Maidens, Minxes, and Mothers: The Female Vampire and Gothic Other in Dracula, Hellsing, and Chibi Vampire, Brianna Murch

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Differences in Body Dissatisfaction in Male Collegiate Athletes, Sabrina L. Pavao

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The Emergency Exit, Thomas Porter

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Reading and Writing Women of the Middle East: A Story of War and Recovery, Saide Ranero