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 2020

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The Benefits of Music Therapy and the Integration of Music Therapy into a Standard Curriculum for Special Needs Students, Meaghan Bielski

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W. H. Auden’s Proto-Queer Theology of 1939-1941, Aaron Bisson

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The Small Heat Shock Protein αB-Crystallin is Critical to Cell Survival in Response to the Phytochemical Withaferin A in Cisplatin-Resistant Ovarian Cancer Cells, Melissa Carmichael

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Chapters 1-8 of Ralph & Lilly’s Orchard, Chloe Chartier

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Reframing the Audience in Shakespeare Studies, Ethan Child

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Diversity and Social Justice in the Massachusetts Classroom: Teachers Implementation and Students Reflections, Josephine Ciatto

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The Effect Aromatherapy has on a Woman’s Perception of her Body and Menstrual Cycle, Michaela DeMattio

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Gaming Art History: A Study of Game-Based Pedagogy and Its Applications in Art History, David DeSouto

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A Survey of STEM Literature in Elementary School Classrooms, Kaitlyn Duhaime

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Triumph & Turmoil: The Duality of Sylvia Plath, Matthew Edgar

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Quantifying Anticancer Drug Doxorubicin Binding to DNA Using Optical Tweezers, Zachary Ells

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Disruption of the electron transfer system within the protein 3-ketosteroid-9α-hydroxylase (KshAB) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Olivia Esteireiro

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A Retrospective Study: Investigating the Role of Childhood Experience and Parenting Style in the Development of Narcissism, Haleigh Ewing

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Modeling the Global Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans, Anna Fateiger

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Twentieth Century Organ Works as Pedagogical Devices: Using Select Compositions by Hermann Schroeder, Jean Langlais, and Daniel Pinkham as Teaching Tools for the Beginning Organ Student, Mary-Katherine Fletcher

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Costume Design Portfolio: A Journey Through Undergraduate to Professional Design, Karly Foster

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Challenging the "Butcher" Reputation: General Grant's Strategy in the Overland Campaign, Sean Ftizgerald

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Demonstrating and testing the Deutsch-Jozsa Quantum Algorithm Towards the Realization of Quantum Computing at BSU, John J. Gilmore Jr.

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“WELL, I’VE WHISPERED ‘RACISM’ IN A POST-RACIAL WORLD”: SATIRE AND THE ABSURDITY OF “POST-RACIAL” AMERICA, Joseph Gorman

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All in the Family: A Collection of Essays on Family and Mental Health, Kiana Govoni

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Amatonormativity, Aromanticism, and What Defines a Relationship, Rilee Granger

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National Legislation and its Effects on Music Educators, Rosalind G. Greisz

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Image Processing of Narrow Band Solar Eclipse Data Using Python and MaxIm DL, Rydia Hayes-Huer

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Opium in Nineteenth-Century England, Hannah Hutchinson

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The Effect of Chirality on DNA Threading: Exploring Binuclear Ruthenium lntercalators Using Optical Tweezers, Adam A. Jabak

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Utilizing Creative Dance Pedagogy and Concepts for Teaching and Learning English as a Foreign Language, Riley Lathorp

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African American Vernacular English: A Language Necessarily Adorned, Christelle Lauture

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The Prevalence of Rape Myths on a Mid-Sized, Public College Campus, Meghan Lewis

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Gaia Bioplastics: A Design Exploration of Bioplastics Through a Brand Campaign, Kelsey Long

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Se dice pelo bueno: Black Affirmations in Contemporary Puerto Rican Literature, Amaryllis Lopez

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Bacteria-mediated synthesis of cobalt(II,III) oxide nanostructures, Ryan Loughran

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What Causes Participation in International Non-Governmental Organizations?, Sophia Mann

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The Use of Emotional Intelligence in 21st Century Organizations, Jordan Martin

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The Partition of Ireland: Anglo-Irish Relations as Reflected in a Political Idea, Cian G. McEneaney

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Building a Light Current Voltage Characterization Setup for Pulsed Laser Diodes, Alec A. Milford

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On the Eco-Gender Gap, Haley Normandin

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Understanding Sovereignty and the US Constitution: A View from the Massachusetts and Virginia State Ratifying Conventions, Hannah Novotny

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The Role of Principles and Personal Relationships in Greek Tragedy and Epic, Ellen Pariser

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Indigenous Women Defying All Odds: An Analysis of the Use of Gender Violence During the Civil War of Guatemala, 1960-1996, Vivian A. Phillips

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The Existential Philosophy of David Foster Wallace, Shoshana Primak

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Where the Heart Is A Collection of Nonfiction Essays on the Meaning of Home in the Age of Movement, Alyssa Raymond

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Examining the Effect of El Nino Phenomena and Pacific Sea Surface Temperature on the Climate of the Glacierized White Mountains in Peru, Emily Reardon

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More Than Just Wicked: The Tales of Female Criminals in 17th- Century London, Savannah Resendes

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Supporting English Learners in STEM, Alyssa Richardson

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Revision of Introductory Chemistry Lab Curriculum to Incorporate Inquiry-Based Experiments to Enhance Student Learning, Christian Santos

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Success in Transition Preparation for Post-Secondary Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Sophie Scrimgeour

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African American Literary Traditions in Justina Ireland’s Young Adult Novels Dread Nation and Deathless Divide, Gabrielle Sleeper

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Mental Health In College Students: Disclosure & Seeking Support, Abby R. Smargon

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Factors Impacting Students’ Perceptions of Mathematics, Amber Souza

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The Modern Man: A Transgender Perspective, Alan Stamper