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/Projects from 2018

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Characterizing Nab2 Phosphorylation and its Role in Regulating Egr Transcription Factors, Kimberly Abt

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Public Perception & the Planet: Correlation between College Students’ Media Exposure to Contradictory News and Their Perceptions of Climate Change, Kasey Andrade

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Unseen and Unheard: The Experiences of Immigrants Who Work as Low-Level Healthcare Providers, Daniela Belice

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Kinetic studies on the aqueous chemistry of the glutathione-methyleneoxindole conjugate to model its inhibition of glyoxalase I, Ariane Borges

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On Hold: Relationships in the Age of Mobile Phone Distraction, Isabel M. Bourget

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Development of a High-throughput Screening Assay for Potential Inhibitors Against DNA Polymerase Eta, Keri Bryson

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Art Created by Women in Response to Social Change: A Study of Women’s Identity from the Twentieth Century to the Present, Kathleen Carroll

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Rubik’s Cube: The Invisible Solve, Allen Charest

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Cruel and Unusual: The Eighth Amendment and the Overuse of Solitary Confinement in American Corrections, Brandon Craig

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You Are Included: The Effectiveness of Diversity and Representation of Ethnic Minorities in TV Advertising, Eric DeBenedictis

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More Than Meets the Eye: Challenges Men Face with Personal, Private, and Public Silence When Seeking Help Academically, Danielle Dupuis

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How do Mindfulness Practitioners Describe Pausing?: A Qualitative Interview Study, Benjamin G. Feldman

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The Novel Mystique: Depictions of Women in Novels of the 1950s, Sarah Fender

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A Psychoanalytic Reading of Haruki Murakami’s “The Little Green Monster,” “All God’s Children Can Dance,” and “TV People”, Sara Ferreira

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The Role of Instructional Gesture in Learning Science Concepts in Undergraduate Students, Andrea J. Fogarty

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A Smithian Perspective on Aristotle's Virtuous Friend, Meagan Fraser

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Facebook: Friend or Foe? Exploring the Relationship Between Social Media Use, Social Comparison, Self-Esteem and Affect, Elizabeth F. Gallinari

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Human Factors and the Road to Single Pilot Operations, Michael Gearhart

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The Restoration of UNIX: Emulating UNIX version 1.0 on a 16-bit DEC PDP 11/20, John J. Gilmore Jr.

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The Impact of Proposition 2-½ Overrides: Does a Town’s Approval or Rejection Impact Property Values?, Rebecca Guerrier

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The Future of Racial Classifications: Exploring Race in the Critical Dystopia, Meghan Hartnett

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Vengeance is Ours: Safe Spaces and Critical Empathy in Horror Films, David S. Hooker

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On the Toughness of Some Johnson Solids, Sean Koval

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Comparing Ratios of Depression Between Female to Male MCI Patients and the General Population, Abbie Levinson

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Why do you Want to be a Teacher? Getting to the Bottom of the Teacher Retention Problem, Jamie MacDonald

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Exploring Dynamical Systems: Number of Cycle and Cycle Lengths, Christine Marcotte

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Exploring the Proportion of Prime Numbers in Quadratic Extensions of the Integers, Jamie Nelson

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Welcome to the Real World: A Skeptical Examination of Working Class Life, Ryan O'Connor

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Finding Alien Worlds: Studying Exoplanets from Bridgewater State University, Maria Patrone

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Sneakily Feminist: A Gilmore Girls Analysis, Katelen Pick

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Cold War in the Classroom: Effects of the Onset of the Cold War on Public Education, Amanda Pineo

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Decibel Levels and Employee Perceptions of Noise Levels in Child Care Facilities, Emily K. Pope

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Conceptualizing Allyship as an Actionable Construct in Higher Education, Shannon Radford

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Cultural Combinations in Japanese Art: The False Dichotomy of Buddhism and Shintō, Danae Reaves-Bey Browne

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A Form of Flesh and Blood: Wordsworth’s Synthesis of Science and Poetry, Kevin Reynolds

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The Key to Cryptography: The RSA Algorithm, Clifton Paul Robinson

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Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies to Reach All Students, Jennifer Rogerson

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An Analysis of Regional Airlines’ Response to the Pilot Shortage and How It Impacts Collegiate Pilots, Jared Samost

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Human Female Longevity, Evolution of Menopause, and the Importance of Grandmothers, Sofiya Shreyer

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A Biomechanical Examination of the Lower Extremities in High Heeled Shoes, Ann Sylvia

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Let’s Get Growing: Exploring How Teachers Use Expository Texts in Gardening Lessons for K-1 Students, Lindsey Thomas

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Exploring the Use of Predictive Analytics in Banking and Finance Decision-Making, Melanie Tummino

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Importance of Amphibians: A Synthesis of Their Environmental Functions, Benefits to Humans, and Need for Conservation, Josh West

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The Complex Humanity of Henry V, Kaitlynn Willette

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The Impact of Physical Therapy on an Athletes Decision to Return to Sport, Juliette Zielinski

Theses/Projects 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