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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2019

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Cell Adhesion in Arabidopsis thaliana, Natasha Ann Belsky

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Effects of octopamine and tyramine on the cardiac system of the lobster, Homarus americanus, Casey Breslow

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An alternative almost sure construction of Gaussian stochastic processes in the L2([0,1]) space, Kevin Chen

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GEM-PSO: Particle Swarm Optimization Guided by Enhanced Memory, Kevin Fakai Chen

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The effects of manipulated afterload pressure on heartbeat frequency, active force, and cardiac output of the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Gina Fickera

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Midterm Decline in Comparative Perspective, Duncan Gans

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Shaping Canons and Building Legacies: Collectors and the History of African American Art, Kinaya Hassane

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Something’s Gotta Give: Guns, Youth, and Social Change in Denver, Colorado, Carlos Manuel Holguin

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Leadership from Within: Founders, advocates, and organizational networks operating in Maine's immigrant community, Samuel Robert Kenney

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The Politics of Land Rights in the Transition to Democratic South Africa: The Rise and Fall of the Constitutional Property Clause, Anna Louisa Roosevelt Lennon

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Teaching Computers to Teach Themselves: Synthesizing Training Data based on Human-Perceived Elements, James Little

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"We are your wives, sisters, daughters, mothers and friends:" United States' Women's Stories from the Public to the Archive, Sadie LoGerfo-Olsen

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Ecotourism Reconsidered: Chinese and Western Participation in the Thai Elephant Industry, Miao (Jasmine) Long

Mechanisms underlying variable responses to isoforms of the neuropeptide C-type allatostatin (AST-C) in the cardiac neuromuscular system of the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Evalyn Mackenzie

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Tension production and sarcomere length in lobster (Homarus americanus) cardiac muscles: the mechanisms underlying mechanical anisotropy, Matthew Maguire

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Superhero Ecologies: An Environmental Reading of Contemporary Superhero Cinema, Andrew McGowan

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Receptors and Neuropeptides in the Cardiac Ganglion of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus: A Bioinformatics and Mass Spectrometric Investigation, Louis Mendez

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Investigating the Effects of Student Debt on Career Outcomes: An Empirical Approach, Gideon Moore

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Salud Callejera: Mobilizing Cuidado at the Margins of Neoliberalism; Reimagining Care for People Experiencing Homelessness in Buenos Aires, Brandon Morande

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Active and Passive Spatial Learning and Memory in Human Navigation, Caroline Rice

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Beyond Urban Bias: Peasant Movements and the State in Africa, Connor Rockett

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Personally Relevant Indoor Nature Imagery’s Impact on Students’ Well-Being, Connection to Nature, and Eco-Conscious Behaviors, Sarena Sabine

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“I’m Going to Help You Become a Better You”: Teacher-Student Dynamics in Special Education, Sophie Sadovnikoff

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The Sacralization of Absolute Power: God's Power and Women's Subordination in the Southern Baptist Convention, Sydney Smith

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Context-specific effects of vasotocin on social approach in the male common goldfish, Carassius auratus, Katharine Torrey

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"I Deny Your Authority to Try My Conscience:" Conscription and Conscientious Objectors In Britain During the Great War, Albert William Wetter

2018

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Young Authoritarians? Trends and Individual Differences in Preschoolers' Perceptions of Adult Authority, Ava Alexander

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Real-Time Object Recognition using a Multi-Framed Temporal Approach, Corinne Alini

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Urban Modernity and Turbulent Water: Toward a Transnational History of Expansion in Northern Japan, 1866-1882, Ethan Barkalow

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The Epistemology of Observation: Performance, Power, and The Regulation of Female Sexuality in The Duchess of Malfi and The Changeling, Sarah Claudia Bonanno

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Using atmospheric O2 and CO2 measurements to determine the stoichiometry of photosynthesis and respiration in a temperate forest, Margaret Marie Conley

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Exploring Random Walks on Graphs for Protein Function Prediction, Angela M. Dahl

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Non-Naturalism and Naturalism in Mathematics, Morality, and Epistemology, Nicholas DiStefano

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What Policies Cannot Express: An Examination of Sri Lanka’s Continuing Inability to Bridge the Sinhala-Tamil Ethnolinguistic Divide through National Policies and Programs, Lillian Eckstein

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Gendered Subjectivity in Refugee Resettlement Processes: From Somalia to Lewiston, ME, Elena Gleed

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Visions of Unity, Memories of Violence: American Civil Religion and the Japanese American Incarceration, Brigitte Helene McFarland

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Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't: A Logical Analysis of Moral Dilemmas, Samuel Monkman

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Women’s Bodies Between Market and State: Lineages of the Transnational Indian Surrogacy Industry, Shea Cristina Necheles

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An Output Sensitive Algorithm for Computing Viewsheds and Total Viewsheds on 2D Terrains, Andrew P. Prescott

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Disease on the Half-Shell: Prevalence and impact of the protistan pathogen MSX on oyster population health throughout the Gulf of Maine, Madeline Schuldt

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Characterization of expression of Sema1a variants in high-plasticity areas of the Gryllus bimaculatus nervous system, Sara Spicer

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Plutonic lithics record dynamics in the magmatic system beneath the Akaroa Volcanic Complex, New Zealand, Elizabeth Teeter

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Que vivan los estudiantes: Cycles of Contention and the Chilean Student Movement (1906-present), Jonah Watt

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Seize the Memes: Community, Personal Expression, and Everyday Feminist Politics Through Instagram Memes, Tessa Westfall

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"What's it like to be a lesbian with a cane?": A Story and Study of Queer and Disabled Identities, M.M. Daisy Wislar

2017

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Identification of Mutations in WAK Locus in Arabidopsis thaliana, Arman Ashrafi

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Hybridization dynamics of a newly discovered parrotfish swarm in the Tropical Eastern Pacific, Robert Barron

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Poverty Ends with a 12 Year Old Girl: Empowerment and the Contradictions of International Development, Meghan Elizabeth Bellerose

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*dhéĝhōm,*héshr, and *wek (earth, blood, and speech): an archaeological, genetic, and linguistic exploration of Indo-European origins, Lara Bluhm

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The Best and the Brightest?: Race, Class, and Merit in America's Elite Colleges, Walter Chacon

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Some like it cold: the relationship between thermal tolerance and mitochondrial genotype in an invasive population of the European green crab, Carcinus maenas, Aidan Fisher Coyle

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An Investigation of Genetics-Based Machine Learning as Applied to Global Crop Yields, William Gantt

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Modeling Strategic Behavior in the U.S. Senate Using Ideal Points with Social Interactions, Tucker Gordon

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Blockholders and Their Effect on Project Value: An Empirical Approach of Understanding Ownership Concentration and Firm Value Using an Event Study Framework, Xuanming Guo

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This is What You Want: Stories, Savannah Blake Horton

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The Message, Medium and Messenger: A Study of Political Persuasion Through a Case Study of Planned Parenthood, Jodi Leah Kraushar

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Examining the role of GRP and LIK1 in Wall Associated Kinase (WAK) perception of pectin in the plant cell wall, Jack Ryan Mitchell

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White Southerners Respond to Brown v. Board of Education: Why Crisis Erupted When Little Rock, Arkansas, Desegregated Central High School, Abby Elizabeth Motycka

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Africa and the International Criminal Court: Behind the Backlash and Toward Future Solutions, Marisa O'Toole

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DS-PSO: Particle Swarm Optimization with Dynamic and Static Topologies, Dominick Sanchez

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Demography of a Collapsing Aerial Insectivore Population, Liam Taylor

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The Scars of War: The Demonic Mother as a Conduit for Expressing Victimization, Collective Guilt, and Forgiveness in Postwar Japanese Film, 1949-1964, Sophia Walker

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"Cooperate with Others for Common Ends?": Students as Gatekeepers of Culture and Tradition on College Campuses, Pamela Zabala

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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Fact vs. Faction: Polarization in the Information Age, Noah Finberg

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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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Characterization and distribution of allatostatin type-C (AST-C) neuropeptides and receptors in crustaceans, Tess Lameyer

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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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Bondi Accretion in Trumpet Geometries, August J. Miller

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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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Benchmarking Ab Initio Computational Methods for the Quantitative Prediction of Sunlight-Driven Pollutant Degradation in Aquatic Environments, Kasidet Trerayapiwat

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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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Mathematical Notions of Resilience: The Effects of DisturbanceI in One-Dimensional Nonlinear Systems, Stephen Ligtenberg

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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