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 2019

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Addiction and Recovery in Silas Marner, Sarah Netto

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Bounding the Rates of Convergence Towards the Extreme Value Distributions, James Palmer

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Model Minority Myth: Minority Status Intersectionality, Simone Porter

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Synthesis and Connection of Iridium Hydrogen Evolution Catalyst to Chlorella vulgaris Photosystem I for Light-Driven Hydrogen Evolution, Anna Ramirez

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The Effects of Universal Pre-Kindergarten on School Readiness, Megan Royek

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Orangutan Infant Behavior: A Critical Component for Primate Conservation, Mia Sarkisian

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Synthesis of Novel ReIII and ReV Metallointercalator Complexes for Use as DNA Damage Probes, Eli Schwartz

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Silent Singing: Investigating visual perceptual narrowing of rhythm from a developmental perspective, Gillian Sheehan

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Testing Tocqueville: The Political Theory of the “Mayflower Compact” and Its Legacy, Vanessa Sherman

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Haitian Life, Traditions, and Culture in the Works of Edwidge Danticat, Elizabeth Sprague

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Theory of Linear Models for Estimating Regression Parameters with Applications to Two-Factor Studies with Unequal Sample Sizes, Zenan Sun

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South African Water Rights and the Legacies of Apartheid, Rachel Tarantino

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The Effects of Beetroot Juice Consumption on Maximal Oxygen Consumption, Margaret Vacher-Weiss

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Mindful Phone Use, Gwendolynne Weissinger

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Visions of Hell, John Wilson

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Samuel Johnson and Thomas Jefferson: Their Contradictory Lockean Responses to the Legality of the American Revolution, Joshua Wright

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High Speed Mid Altitude Aircraft Project, Eric Yan

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Analyzing and Estimating Cyberattack Trends by Performing Data Mining on a Cybersecurity Data Set, Chan Young Koh

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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Growing Social Connection: A Case Study of a Therapeutic Farm Community, Theresa Aldrich

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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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Middle East Media Landscapes: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, and Yemen, Cody J. Baker

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

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“Only a Passing Idiocy”: The Ku Klux Klan in Maine State Politics, Erin Best

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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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Searching for Identity: Connecting Students to Young Adult Literature in the Classroom Through Language, Samantha Correia

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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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Together but Separate: Uncovering School Segregation in 2018, Eliza Davern

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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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Does International Law Change State Behavior?, Brett Franzie

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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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Understanding Educators’ Perceptions of Mindfulness on Students’ Academic Skills, Behavior, and Overall Well-Being, Sara E. Gottfried

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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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Psychological and Demographic Differences of BDSM Practitioners, Sabrina Jefferson

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“No Happy Woman Writes”: An Analysis of Novels of Seduction and Domestic Fiction in Early American Literature, Janene Johnson

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It’s Kind of a Curious Incident in the Bell Jar: Using Literature and Discussion to Advocate for Mental Health Education in the High School English Classroom, Margaret Keefe