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 2017

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“Injuring Her Beauty by Study”: Women and Classical Learning in Frances Burney’s Novels, Stephanie Diehl

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Birth by Portland: A Collection of Short Stories by Shay Duchaine, Shay Duchaine

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The Internal Compass, Joshua Dyer

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The Effects of New Public Management on Public Servant Job Satisfaction, Adam Ferreira

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Accessorizing Agency: Nineteenth Century Women’s Fashion Adornments, Ashley Fongeallaz

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Poetry of Body and Soul: Personhood in John Donne, Madison Forbes

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Distribution of Plethodon cinereus Color Morphs in New England: 40 Years Later, Mariah Fossella

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Blockchain Technology: Digitizing the Global Financial System, John Frechette

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Phillis Wheatley: The Poetic Bridge Between Methodism and Romanticism, Amelia Fuss

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Does a Voice Disorder Exist in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis?, Jacquelyn Gadsby

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Combined Consumption of Alcohol and a High-fat Diet: Effects on Behavior and Health in Male and Female C57B1/6J Mice, Rachel Gelineau

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Women Expatriates: Where are They?, Clara Goncalves

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The Influence of Rotation on Black Hole Wavefronts, Eric Grotzke

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Rehabilitation or Social Isolation? The State’s Struggle with Juvenile Sex Offender Laws, Elyce C. Hall

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The Private Library: Cultural Consumption and the Fashioning of Gentlemanly Character in the Long Eighteenth-Century, Corrie Ann Hughes

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The Celtic Tiger and Ireland’s Cultural Identity, Brianna Hynes

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High Fructose Corn Syrup Down-Regulates the Glycolysis Pathway in Apis mellifera, Michelle R. Jennette

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Resisting Marriage: Defying Expectations in Three Lesbian Novels, Jennifer Jordan

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The Effect of Both Per Pupil and Science Expenditure on Fifth Grade Science MCAS Scores in Three School Districts in Massachusetts, Kaitlin Kummer

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Weed-to-Know Basis: The Public Opinion of Marijuana Use among College-Aged Individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts, Samantha Leandres

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Transformations of the Turkish Headscarf: An Exploration of the Political Meaning, Socio-Economic Impact, Cultural Influence, and the Art and Craft of the Hijab, Kelsey Gabrielle Leuenberger

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Mentally Ill, HIV-Positive, or Sexual Predator?: Determining Myths Perceived as Representative of Transgender People, Dominic C. Locantore

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Love You to Death, Kaleigh Longe

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An Accounting Student’s Place in the Job Market, Danya Marhamo

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Metacognition and Escape in Golden Age Children’s Literature, Ashley Mastrorilli

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Women’s Body Image in the Media: An Analytical Study of Recent Body Image Movements across Media Platforms, Mikayla Matheson

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Objective Measurement of Sleep by Smartphone Application: Comparison with Actigraphy and Relation to Cognition, Mood, and Self-Reported Sleep, Taylor R. Maynard

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Shari’a Arbitration Courts and Constitutional Democracy: A 21st Century Dilemma, Andrew McCarthy

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A Compact with the Whales: Confederate Commerce Raiders and New Bedford’s Whaling Industry 1861-1865, Mark Mello

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The Politics of Paternalism: New England’s Textile Industry from Corporate Capitalism to the Second Red Scare, Kelsey Murphy

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Refugee Policy & Social Integration in Jordan: Structural Barriers to Enclave Formation Among Forced Migrants to Jordan, David Nardelli

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Developing a Virtual Reality Android Application to Remote Explore a Room, Jamie Nelson

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Moving Sculpture, a Fusion of Art and Mechanics, Sarah Newton

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A Just Framing of Healthcare Reform: Distributive Justice Norms and the Success/Failure of Healthcare Reform in America, Marissa Parker

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An Archival Study of Grammar Instruction: Looking to the Past for Future Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Hannah Patriquin

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Apartheid’s Last Hope: The International Fight for Walvis Bay, 1966-1994 History, Lila Quinn

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Gödel’s Universe, Kevin Roebuck

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Redesign of the Bridgewater State University Website, Jordan Rossetti

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Effects of Carrion Decomposition on Arthropod Community Structure and Habitat Seeking Behavior, Samantha J. Sawyer

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Civil Forfeiture: The Failure of the Courts, Thomas Senst

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Symmetric Full Spark Frames, Brian Sheehan

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JAZ Levels in Arabidopsis after Infection by Parasitic Root-Knot Nematode, Ashley Smith

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A Case for an Injury Prevention and Self-Care Program for Bridgewater State University’s Department of Dance, Meghan Stanton

Principal Component Analysis: A Primer, Simon Sullivan

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Hippotherapy: An Alternative Treatment from the Perceptions of Practitioners, Leah Tinkham

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Exploring the Impacts that an Urban Public High School Experience has on Bridgewater State University Students’ Perceived College Preparedness, Katherine R. Trudell

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Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the Population Genetics of Plethodon cinereus, Matthew Tucker

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Extremal Graph Theory: Turán’s Theorem, Vincent Vascimini

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More Than Skin Deep? The Effect of Visible Tattoos on the Perceived Characteristics of Sexual Assault Victims, Rebecca Vilk

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Preparing Today’s Middle School Science Students for the Real World of Science Through Relevant and Inquiry-Based Activities, Hannah F. Walsh