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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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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Fighting for Their Lives: Why the Marginalized Irish from the 1840s-1910 Dominated American Prizefighting, Owen Marshall

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Marriage in Victorian England, Cheryl Ann McDonnell

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How America Permitted the Great Recession, Robert A. Moss III

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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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Public Perceptions of Police Interactions With Juveniles, Jillian Orr

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Holding Pattern: An Analysis of Heathrow Airport’s Capacity Quandary, Dudley G. Oscar

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“Racial Repercussions of The British Imperial Curriculum:” Misperceptions of the Natives in George Orwell’s Burmese Days, Cyi Gyi Paradis

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

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Using Clay Models to Measure Seasonal Predation on Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders, Emma Perry

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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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Adapting to College Life: An Ethnographic Study of the Linguistic Challenges Faced by Domestic Black Immigrant Students at Bridgewater State University, Johnson (Carter) Remy

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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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Unvarnished Inhumanity: America’s Factory Farm Industry, Caitlin Rowley

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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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Examining The Varied Impacts of Economic Globalization: A Comparative Analysis of Four American States, Marina Smoske

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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

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The Influence of the Renaissance on Current Teaching Methods, Marissa Balsamo

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Cultural Factors Influencing Chinese Residents and Students’ Views on Solar Photovoltaic Rooftop Adoption, Ashleigh Bell

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Identifying Significant Components of a Sexuality Education Program for Students with Severe Disabilities, Amanda Brennen

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Cracking the Code: Redefining Text Complexity, Complicating Reading Pedagogy, Creating Lifelong Readers and Learners, Sarah Bruns

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Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s Fight for Ukraine, Vitalina Buchatska

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Geochemical and Petrographic Analysis of Basaltic Rocks of the Hawaiian Island: Implications for their Evolutionary Stage of Development, Autumn A. Burrell

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Reconstructing Results From Voting Theory Using Linear Algebra, Brian Camara

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Joining Hands: Constructing Childhood Agency in the Context of Ageism, Brittnay Churchill

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A Comparison of Brick-and-Mortar and Online Last Mile Delivery Networks, Dennis Corvi

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A Comparative Program Analysis of the Safe and Successful Youth initiative in the Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities of Brockton and New Bedford, Adam J. Costa

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The Self and Society: Critical Reflection of Taking Root, Caitlyn Cribben

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The Distortion of Drugs: War, Discrimination, and Profit, Chelsea Dagen