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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2020

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Systemic Risk in the Airline Industry: Investigating the Effects of Network Interconnectedness on MES, Angela Goldshteyn

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Calculating the Local Biotic Exchange Ratio of O2 and CO2 at Harvard Forest: Using Flux Measurements to Improve Past Estimates, Diana Katalina Grandas

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Analysis of adhesion mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana, Bridgid Elizabeth Greed

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The Colombo-Venezuelan Border Through the Lens of the Colombian Press, Diego Rafael Grossmann

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N,N’-Dimethyimidazolium-2-Carboxylate as a Ligand Precursor for the Accession of a Constrained Olefin Dimerization Catalyst, Michael Harris

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Classifying Flow-kick Equilibria: Reactivity and Transient Behavior in the Variational Equation, Alanna Haslam

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Word Embedding Driven Concept Detection in Philosophical Corpora, Dylan Hayton-Ruffner

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Alongside Despair: Signs of Life on the River des Peres, Marina Henke

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Traders and Troublemakers: Sovereignty in Southern Morocco at the End of the 19th Century, Joseph Campbell Hilleary

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Virtual Reality Accessibility with Predictive Trails, Dani Paul Hove

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Digital Authoritarianism in China and Russia: A Comparative Study, Laura H.C. Howells

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“I felt so untrustworthy of my ability to get pregnant”: Women’s Embodied Uncertainties and Decisions to Become Pregnant, Theodora K. Hurley

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An Analysis of Hezbollah’s Media Platforms, Focusing on Themes, Narratives and Strategy, Nichole Irving

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Governing the Internet: The Extraterritorial Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation, Sasa Jovanovic

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The Soviet and American Wars in Afghanistan: Applying Clausewitzian Concepts to Modern Military Failure, Artur Kalandarov

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The role of behavioral diversity in determining the extent to which central pattern generators are modulated, Jacob Salman Kazmi

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A Men’s College with Women: Masculinity, Sexist Laughter, and Stories of Solidarity during Bowdoin College’s Transition to Coeducation, 1969-1975, Emma D. Kellogg

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Mémoire et souvenir dans l'imaginaire antillais - Maryse Condé et Fabienne Kanor: Identité et existence noire aux Antilles et en France, Elijah B. Koblan-Huberson

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Narrative, Identity, and Holocaust Memorialization in the United States, Alexander Noah Kogan

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Investigating enhancer regulation through chromatin conformation in Drosophila, Hannah D. Konkel

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Non-genomic effects of steroids on teleost fish olfaction: behavioral and anatomical approaches, Leah B. Kratochvil

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Enemy Combatants and Unitary Executives: Presidential Power in Theory and Practice During the War on Terror, Rohini Kurup

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Democracy Promotion in U.S. Counterinsurgency: Tracing Post-War Security Sector Reconstruction in El Salvador and Iraq, Emma Redington Lawry

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Wnt Signaling is Dispensable to Formation of the First Tooth in D. Rerio, Zachary C. LeBlanc

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Investigating the Effect of Side Chains with Hydrogen Bonding Capabilities on Peptoid Catalysts for Enantioselective Trifluoromethylation of 4-Chlorobenzaldehyde, Rebecca Londoner

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Performing Sor Juana: Reimagining a Mexican Literary Figure in the 21st Century, Uriel López-Serrano

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Los trucos debajo de la mesa: Juegos y simulacros en la cultura y literatura argentina, Eliana Miller

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Tapping at the Windows: A Collection, Samuel Milligan

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Examination of tooth-specific cis-regulation of the dlx2b gene during zebrafish development, Yujin Moon

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Phenylisocyanide Ligand Synthesis and Coordination to a Cobalt Catalyst for Dimerization of Linear Alpha Olefins, Julia Hazlitt Morris

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Mechanisms underlying variable responses to the neuropeptide C-type allatostatin (AST-C) across isoforms and among individuals in the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Audrey J. Muscato

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“The Spirit of Turbulence”: East Indian Political Imaginaries in Early 20th Century British Guiana, Faria A. Nasruddin

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Differential modulation of the Homarus americanus cardiac neuromuscular system across cell types and among neuropeptide isoforms, Emily R. Oleisky

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Metabolic Inhibitors Induce Species-Specific Defects in Bacterial Glycosylation, Ilana R. Olin

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Egg Size, Breeding Phenology, and Parental Investment in Leach’s Storm Petrels, James L. O'Shea

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Ideal Point Models with Social Interactions Applied to Spheres of Legislation, Luca Ostertag-Hill

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Directed interactions during episodic memory, Rhianna J. Patel

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Sex Sells: The Iconography of Sex Work in Contemporary Art Since 1973, Mackenzie Philbrick

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Using metabolic oligosaccharide engineering to induce immune-mediated cell killing of bacterial pathogens, Brendan H. Pulsifer

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Computational Investigation of the Ground States and Luminescent Excited States of Ruthenium(II) and Platinum(II) Photoactive Complexes: Insights into the Design of New Ruthenium(II)-Based Molecular Photocatalysts and Enhanced Understanding of Metal-Metal Bonded Exciplexes, Thomas Regan

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The Future Regained: Toward a Modernist Ethics of Time, Jack Rodgers

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Food Comes First: Growing Up at my Family’s Table, Eleanor Sapat

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Characterization of negative phonotactic behavior in the adult cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus, Julianne Scholes

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Répresentations de la banlieue dans le cinéma français contemporain, Yaw Owusu Sekyere

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The Impact of Armed Conflict on Maternal Health in Colombia, Madeleine Squibb

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Chambers of Reflection: Rousseau, Tocqueville, and Self-Government in the Digital Age, John Sweeney

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“Bosques Si, Tala No”: The Uprising of Cherán K’eri, Ray Tarango

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It's All Under Control: Essays, Jack Tarlton

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“How the World Could Be in Spite of the Way That It Is”: Broadway as a Reflection of Contemporary American Sociopolitical Life, Isabel Thomas

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Determination of the Relationship Between Peptoid Catalyst Oligomeric Length and Catalytic Enantioselectivity of Trifluoromethylation of Aldehydes, Katharine Toll

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Metabolic inhibitors reshape Helicobacter pylori glycosylation, Owen Templeton Tuck

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Investigating the Role of Heterochromatin Protein 1 (HP1) in the Formation of Chromosome Compartments, Diego Andres Villamarin

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Differential gene expression during compensatory plasticity in the prothoracic ganglion of the cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus, Felicia F. Wang

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Duty and Distinction: Scientists as Intellectuals in Modern China, Helen Wang

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Hermeneutic Encounters: Hans-Georg Gadamer in North America, 1968-1986, Ian Ward

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Responses of central pattern generators in the American lobster STNS to multiple members of a novel neuropeptide family, Benjamin Harley Wong

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Bubbles & Bought-Ins: Reevaluating Price Movements in the Art Market, Silas Wuerth

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Isolation of Cell Adhesion Mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana, Frances DeCamp Hobart Zorensky

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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"This is N.Y.C. Not Little Rock": The Battle to Integrate New York City's Public Schools, Anne Fraser Gregory

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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

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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