The Honors Project

The honors project offers seniors the opportunity to engage in original scholarship under the supervision of a faculty member in their major department or program and results in a written thesis and/or oral defense, artistic performance or showing, depending on the student’s field of study. For more information about honors at Bowdoin College, please see http://www.bowdoin.edu/catalogue/academics/honors.shtml .

A print version of each honors project is deposited in the Bowdoin College Library’s Department of Special Collections & Archives. Dating back to 1924, the catalog record for each honors thesis can be seen here .

In addition to the print version, students and their faculty mentors can choose to make their work available online in the Bowdoin Digital Commons.

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2016

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Modeling and Testing Consumer Engagement in the U.S. Organic Food Market, John L. Anderson

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Components and Mechanisms of Total Alkalinity Variability in an Intertidal Salt Marsh, Lloyd B. Anderson

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Impacts of eelgrass (Zostera marina) on pore-water sulfide concentrations in intertidal sediments of Casco Bay, Maine, Sabine Y. Berzins

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Effect of Mindfulness Meditation on Long-Term Memory, William Andrew Engel

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The Rising Tide of Indigenous Mobilization: Identity and the Politics of Refusal in Mexico and Ecuador, Kelsey J. Freeman

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Bamboo Corals as Climate Archives: Radiocarbon-based Chronologies and Evaluation of Mg/Li as a Temperature Proxy, Megan M. Freiberger

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Modulation of Responses to Phasic stretches by Neuromodulators GYS and SGRN in the Cardiac Central Pattern Generator of the American Lobster, H. americanus, Michael M. Kang

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Characterizing Proteins of the Wall-Associated Kinase Signaling Pathway in Arabidopsis, Emily M. King

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Attentional Inhibition of a Distractor on Memory Facilitation, Jacob M. MacDonald

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Robot Detection Using Gradient and Color Signatures, Megan Marie Maher

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"One Never Knew": David Foster Wallace and the Aesthetics of Consumption, Jesse Ortiz

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Giving on the Margin: The Power of Donor Recognition, Jordan W. Richmond

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Looking Ahead With the World in Their Hands: The Postsecondary Aspirations of East Island Youth, Abby E. Roy

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Political Polupragmones: Busybody Athenians, Meddlesome Citizenship, and Epistemic Democracy in Classical Athens, Harry D. Rube

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"This people which I made": The Character of King Arthur as a Mechanism of Unification in Medieval Arthuriana and the Idylls of the King, Hallie Schaeffer

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Stretch Feedback in the Lobster Heart: Experimental and Computational Analysis, Katelyn J. Suchyta

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Examining Functional Roles for Anthocyanins in Plant Leaves, Benjamin M. West

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CRISPR Mutagenesis of the WAK Locus, Cody P. Woods

2015

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Selective Attention and Memory: Event Related Potentials and the IOR Effect, Leigh A. Andrews

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The Roles of ROG1, REM1, and REM2 in a WAK Mediated Pectin Response, Joshua A. Benton

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The development of begging calls in Yellow Warblers, Jackson F. Bloch

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Characterizing the exhumation path of the first ultrahigh-pressure terrane in North America, Zachary FM Burton

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Extreme Value Theory and Backtest Overfitting in Finance, Daniel C. Byrnes

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Caring like a state: The elaboration of a care ideology in Peru and Sri Lanka in the 20th century, Katharine Herman

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Characterization and Quantification of AST-C Peptides in Homarus americanus Using Mass Spectrometry, Amanda Howard

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Music Streaming Services, Programming Culture, and the Politics of Listening, Walker Kennedy

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Albert Camus: An Ethical Politics in the Absurd World, Stephanie Lane

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The Lay Judge System: Following a Tradition of Maintaining the Status Quo or Forging a Path Towards More Reformation of the Justice System?, Alexandra Mathieu

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The Price of Carbon: Politics and Equity of Carbon Taxes in the Middle Income Countries of South Africa and Mexico, Bridgett C. McCoy

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Characterizing the influence of Atlantic water intrusion on water mass formation and primary production in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Courtney Michelle Payne

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The Structure and Unitary Representations of SU(2,1), Andrew J. Pryhuber

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Palimpsestuous London: Spatial and Temporal Layering in Fin-de-Siècle Victorian Fiction, Elisabeth A. Strayer

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Peace Be Dammed? Water Power and Water Politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, Camille E. Wasinger

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Assigning Legal Punishment: Individual Differences in Justice Sensitivity and Selective Attention, Emily C. Weinberger

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"A Doula Can Only Do So Much": Birth Doulas and Stratification in United States Maternity Care, Kaylee S. Wolfe

2014

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Dendrites of Cardiac Ganglion Regulate Heartbeat of American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Through Stretch Feedback, Mara R. Chin-Purcell

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Convexity Properties of the Diestel-Leader Group Γ_3(2), Peter J. Davids

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A "Peculiarly American" Enthusiasm: George Bellows, Traditional Masculinity, and The Big Dory, James W. Denison IV

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Geochemical and Stratigraphic Analysis of the Linnévatnet Sediment Record: A Study of Late Holocene Cirque Glacier Activity in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Graham Harper Edwards

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Changes in chiropteran community structure associated with the white-nose syndrome epidemic: evidence for competitive release?, Adam Eichenwald

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The role of the ROG1 protein in pectin perception, Divya Hoon

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Re-formando cuerpos: Las identidades femeninas en escritoras cubanas durante el Período Especial, Amanda M. Montenegro

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The Photodegradation of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Aqueous Solutions, Peyton C. Morss

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The Effects of Temperature on the Cardiac System of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Elizabeth A. Owens

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Lie to Me: Linguistic Markers of Deception in Relation to Individual Differences in Executive Control, Lauren Pashkowski

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The Determination of the Aqueous Oxidation Potentials of Aniline and Sixteen of its Derivatives via Ultrafast Cyclic Voltammetry to Model the Photocatalyzed Degradation of Organic Pollutants in Natural Bodies of Water, Joshua V. Pondick

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Application of the Landau-Zener Model and Fermi's Golden Rule to Estimate Triplet Quantum Yield for Organic Molecules, Nathan D. Ricke

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A Neighbor’s Impact: The Influence of Emotional Valence on Visual Word Processing, Marissa C. Rosenthal

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The Role of Pectin Methyl Esterase in Pectin Activation of WAK Regulated Stress Response in Arabidopsis thaliana, Nicholas J. Saba

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Mathematical Modeling of the American Lobster Cardiac Muscle Cell: An Investigation of Calcium Ion Permeability and Force of Contractions, Lauren A. Skerritt

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Gateway to the Forest City? Portland, Maine's Bayside Neighborhood, 1866-2014, Alexander J. Tougas

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Reconsidering Operation Condor: Cross-border Military Cooperation and the Defeat of the Transnational Left in Chile and Argentina during the 1970s, Georgia C. Whitaker

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The Federal Disproportionate Minority Contact Mandate: An Examination of Its Effectiveness in Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice, Hanna Leigh Wurgaft

2013

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The Role of Competition and Patient Travel in Hospital Profits: Why Health Insurers Should Subsidize Patient Travel, Joseph S. Durgin

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Identification of MPKs Involved in the Wall Associated Kinase Regulated Stress Response in Arabidopsis thaliana, Patrick J. Lariviere

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Who We Are: Incarcerated Students and the New Prison Literature, 1995-2010, Reilly Hannah N. Lorastein

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From Left to Right? White Evangelical Politicization, GOP Incorporation, and the Effect of Party Affiliation on Group Opinion Change, Devon B. Shapiro