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.

The catalog record for each honors thesis can be seen here. Print versions of honors projects created between 1924 and 2019 are available in the Bowdoin College Library’s Department of Special Collections & Archives.

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2023

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From Shadow to Spotlight: Minoritarian Characters, Representative Failures, and High School Powerarchy in Teen Television, Paloma Ada Aguirre

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Agent-Based Modeling of Asset Markets: A Study of Risks, Preferences, and Shocks, Evan Albers

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A Problem Best Put Off Until Tomorrow, Evan Albers

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Characterization of Spaetzle-Toll Ligand-Receptor Pairs in Gryllus bimaculatus, Tabarak Al Musawi

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The influence of Toll 7 on the neuroplasticity of auditory neurons in the Mediterranean field cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus), Brooke Asherman

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Investigating the Role of Helicobacter pylori Glycan Biosynthesis in Modulating Host Immune Cell Recognition, Katharine Barrett

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Power Play: The President's Role in Shaping Renewable Energy Regulation and Policy, Luke Bartol

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Art of the Profile: Profile Journalism in Theory and Practice, Halina E. Bennet

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Infant and Maternal Health Outcomes Following Improved Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Pregnant Women, Emma A. Bomfim

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Guarding Whiteness: Disability, Eugenics, and Rhetorical Agency in Southern Renaissance Fiction, Philip Carl Bonanno

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Ultrasonic vocalization playback as an affective assay at both neural and behavioral levels: Implications for understanding adversity-induced emotional dysfunction, Sydney M. Bonauto

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Phenotypic divergence between sites in photosynthetic thermal response despite low genetic differentiation in Gulf of Maine Ascophyllum nodosum, Olivia Bronzo-Munich

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Onkel Toms Hütte: Translation, Intervention, and Nation, Sofie Brown

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Developing methods of transient absorption spectroscopy for the study of triplet state photoacids, Jack R. Callahan

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How do long-term above-ground biomass dynamics vary between different forest stand types at Harvard Forest?, Maya Y. Chandar-Kouba

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"What's Outside the Window?": Evil, Literature, and Detection in Roberto Bolaño's Fiction, Andrew YH Chang

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Church Space as Queer Place? LGBTQ+ Placemaking, Assimilation, and Subversion within Progressive Faith-Based Spaces in Maine, Salina Chin

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Religious Negotiation and Identity Formation: Reading Material Religion in Oaxaca’s “Guelaguetza Oficial”, Rene Sebastian Cisneros

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Modeling Oyster Growth Dynamics in FLUPSY Systems to Develop a Decision Support Tool for Seed Management, Gretchen Clauss

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Timing the Paleozoic Oxygenation of the Deep Ocean Using Thallium Isotopes, Jean Nikolas R. Clemente

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An Alternative Perspective on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs): Underpricing in the “No Target" Phase, Anna G. Constantine

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The Roles of Personality, Internalized Stigma, and Shame Proneness as Barriers to Mental Health Treatment, Grace Cross

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This Is All for You: Stories, Catherine Crouch

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Searle’s Mind: Brains, Subjects, and Systems, Saul Cuevas-Landeros

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Do Voters Reward Incumbents for Service Provision? Electoral Accountability in South African Elections, Rory Mayne Devlin

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Characterization of Bacterial Glycosylation Pathways with Fluorescent Monosaccharide Probes, Lucas John DiCerbo

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"Know-Nothingism, Abolitionism, and Fanaticism:" An Analysis of the Collapse of the Second Party System in Maine, Justis Dixon

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Student Activism and Malaysian Politics, 1955-74: Revising the History of the Malay Language Society (PBMUM), Song Eraou

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The Photocatalytic Degradation of 17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2) and Related Estrogens, Kevin Jairre Fleshman

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Structural and methodological factors influencing the sorption of alkylpyridiniums to aluminosilicates, Seamus Frey

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Rhythmic behaviors: Understanding neuromodulation at the neuromuscular level, Kenneth Garcia

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Functional redundancy of a non-native foundation species (eelgrass, Zostera japonica) across intertidal stress gradients, S. Maria Garcia

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Dispersive Shock Waves in Granular Chains, Ari Geisler

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#IVFgotyou: Instagram IVF Influencers as Social (Media) Support Systems, Susu Gharib

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Songs for Birds: An Exploration of Climate Change and the Changing Soundscape, Logan Paige Gillis

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Invisible Ailments: A Collection, Jane L. Godiner

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Working Hands and Shifting Identities among Lobstermen in the Gulf of Maine’s Waterscape, Meghan Gonzalez

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Surface Soil Stocks: Peat Development and Soil Carbon Storage on South Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, Ana Gunther

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Live imaging of somatic homolog pairing in Drosophila supports a button-based mechanism for pairing facilitated by the genetic insulator gypsy, Holden D. Hadfield

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The Evangelical Ethic and the Spirit of Conspiracy, Jackson David Lakowsky Hansen

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Determining the influence of proximal Zeste binding sites and promoters on rates of transvection, Molly Henderson

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Identifying crustacean neuropeptides and precursor-related peptides by LC/MS: An investigation of strategies for extraction and orthogonal separations, Emily Grace Herndon

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Modeling UV Light Through N95 Filters, Lorenzo Hess

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Surfing the Kali Yuga: Tracking the Alt-Right on Twitter, Jaida Hodge-Adams

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Effects of Origin Environment and Temperature Acclimation on the Temperate Coral Astrangia poculata, Deva K. Holliman

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The Shah Bano Case: An English-Language Democratic Practice in Post-Colonial India, Hafsa Hossain

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An Exploration of the Room Temperature Growth and Tuning of Cobalt Hydroxide Carbonate Morphologies and Assemblies, Zubin Jay Kenkare

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Una Comprensione Computazionale della Psiche Emotiva e Ordine nelle Ballate del Decameron: Stilometria e Elaborazione del Linguaggio Naturale, Nothando Khumalo

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Service Beyond Bars: How Correctional Chaplains Mediate the Movement of Religion in Prisons and Jails, Lia F. Kornmehl

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Liberty and Its Legacy An Analysis of Freedom and Liberty in American Political Rhetoric, Ryan S. Kovarovics

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Properties of Slicing Conditions for Charged Black Holes, Sean E. Li

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Mathematically Modeling a Nonlinear, Passive Acoustic Filter, Bjorn Ludwig

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Characterisation of the Gryllus bimaculatus nervous system: insights into the role of the Spätzle1 and Spätzle5 proteins in the compensatory plasticity of the CNS, Sarah Lührmann

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Characterizing the Roles of Toll7 in the Gryllus Bimaculatus Peripheral Nervous System Development, Rowland Luo

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From “This Revolution is Neither Communist nor Capitalist!” to “Long Live the Socialist Revolution:” The Deterioration of U.S.-Cuban Relations from 1958-1961, Julia Lyne

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Dietary diversity correlates with the neuromodulatory capacity of the stomatogastric nervous system in three species of majoid crabs, Elise Martin

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Pragmatics and Accessibility in Referential Communication, Thomas Mazzuchi

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Phenylisonitrile Ligand Synthesis and Coordination to Cobalt to Form a Catalyst for the Selective Dimerization of Linear Alpha Olefins, Colleen Hughes McAloon

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Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of Surface Acoustic Wave Resonators on ST-X Quartz, Angela McKenzie

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Sorption of Cationic Heterocyclic Amines to Soils: Effects of Charge Delocalization and other Factors, Mariah McKenzie

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Bodies, Memories, Ghosts, and Objects or Telling a Memory, Natsumi Lynne Meyer

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Characterization of Retinoic Acid Signaling During Tooth Morphogenesis and Evolution in Danio rerio, Lyn Stephanie Miranda Portillo

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“There’s Nothing More to Get From It”: Subverting Representation in Olivia Wenzel’s 1000 Serpentinen Angst and Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Adas Raum, Annika Moore

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Examining the Predictive Value of Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation Screening in Determining Psychosis Risk, Tara M. D. Mullen

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Vienna Secession, Bobby Murray

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Host and symbiont-specific patterns of gene expression in response to cold stress in the temperate coral Astrangia poculata, Kellie Navarro

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Photoacidic properties of 8-amino-2-naphthol in imidazolium salts, Rachel E. Nealon

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Electrical Transport Properties of Graphene, Nhi Nguyen

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An Analysis of Tidal Mixing Front Dynamics and Frontal Biophysical Interaction in the Harpswell Sound Shelf Sea, Lemona Yingzhuo Niu

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Exploring sex-specific and developmental outcomes of early life adversity on DNA methylation in parvalbumin-containing interneurons, Emma Straw Noel

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"I Remember!": Irish Postcolonial Memory in the Early Short Stories of Seán O'Faoláin, Rebecca Norden-Bright

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Diatom blooms in Harpswell Sound: seasonality, succession, and origin, Charlie Francis O'Brien

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Ethnicity and Territory: Cultural and Political Autonomy for African Descended Colombians through Law 70, Ayana Opong-Nyantekyi

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An unbiased glimpse into the sex-specific effects of ketamine treatment on rats who have experienced early life adversity., Lucia Marie O'Sullivan

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The Crossroads We Make: Intergenerational Trauma and Reparative Reading in Recent Asian American Memoirs (2018-2022), Josh-Pablo Manish Patel

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The effect of early life adversity on basolateral amygdala projections to the prefrontal cortex in male and female rats during development, Khushali N. Patel

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Freezing temperatures drive functional trait clustering more than habitat structure in eelgrass communities in the Gulf of Maine, Bridget Marjorie Patterson

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Peripheral modulation of cardiac contractions in the American lobster, Homarus americanus, by the peptide myosuppressin is mediated by effects on the cardiac muscle itself, Isabel Stella Petropoulos

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The Independent State Legislature Theory and Partisan Gerrymandering: How Moore v. Harper May Reshape Congressional Elections, Luke Porter

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Thioglycosides modulate bacterial glycosylation, Isabella de la Luz Quintana

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Neptune City, Lily Randall

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Neurophysiological Effects of Temperature on the Mammalian Spinal Central Pattern Generator (CPG) Network for Locomotion, Eliza M. Rhee

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Love is Real & I Just Had Some for Dessert: Legacies of Communal Care & Compassion in Asian Diasporic Women's Food Writing, Miki Rierson

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The impact of plastic contaminants and neuroprotectants on spinal neural circuits controlling vertebrate locomotion, Violet Louise Rizzieri

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Synthesis and Metalation of a Bifunctional Ligand for Hydrogen Activation, Eliana Roberts

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Growing Pains: Toward a Coalition-Based Theory of State Land Use Policy, Patrick Rochford

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Development of a Schiff base Synthetic Platform for 8-phenyliminonaphthol Photoacids, Ibrahim G. Saleh

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Regresando a Casa, Edwin Sánchez Huizar

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Playing the Fool: Analyzing the Phenomena of Iurodstvo In Contemporary Russian Cinema and Civil Society., Colby Silva Santana

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Written in the Body: Embodiments of Gender, Asexuality, Queerness, and Disability, Corey Schmolka

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The Impact of Toll 6-1 Function on the Maintenance and Plasticity of the Gryllus bimaculatus Auditory System, Jada Scotland

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The role of modulation on the pyloric neurons and the neuromuscular junction in a pattern generator-effector system, Jackie Seddon

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From Homer to the Roman Empire: The Reception of Music in Antiquity, Augustine Segger

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A multifaceted analysis of Semaphorin-induced neuroplasticity in the nervous system of Gryllus bimaculatus, Ean Lev Small

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A Quadtree-Based, Multi-Resolution Algorithm for Computing Viewsheds on Grid Terrains, Lily Caroline Smith

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Is Faith the Ultimate Divider?: The Intersections Between Religion and Political Behavior in the United States, Ryan Supple

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Investigating the effects of a glutamine-rich protein on the localization of a mutant RNA-binding protein and stress response in Candida albicans, Christoph Anders Tatgenhorst

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Sociocultural Orientations and Mental Illness Stigma: A Novel Mediational Model, Karis Treadwell

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The ELMO Family of Pectin Biosynthesis Scaffold Proteins, Margaret Elizabeth Weinstock

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James Joyce’s Prose Pedagogy: Language in Freirean Dialogue, Jack McDermott Wellschlager