Since 1927, Bates College has offered an Honors Program to promote, develop, and recognize academic work of higher quality than ordinarily required for the baccalaureate degree. The honors thesis is the written component of the yearlong program completed during the senior year under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Historically, the final copy of the honors thesis has been submitted in paper format and made available for research at the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. To promote greater access to senior theses by the Bates community and the world beyond Bates, the College introduces SCARAB, the College's institutional repository.

Paper copies of honors theses from 1927 through 2011 can be viewed in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. To see the library catalog record for paper copies of theses deposited in the Archives, click HERE.

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Theses from 2017

fanditha and sihuru: Social and Political Import of Muslim-dhivehi Knowledge Forms, Fathimath Anan Ahmed

Theory of Mind Profile of School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Melody R. Altschuler

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Predicting Emotional Responses to Social Exclusion: Immune Neglect, Emotion Regulation, and the Moderating Role of Dysphoria, Katherine Jaye Berger

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Polarization Dynamics induced by Optical Perturbations in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers, Niccolo Bigagli

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Revealing What Recidivism Hides: Punishment, Surveillance, and Bias in Evaluating Adult Drug Court in Maine, Claire Brown

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Revealing What Recidivism Hides: Punishment, Surveillance, and Bias in Evaluating Adult Drug Court in Maine, Claire Camille Brown

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Reflection and Response of the New Latin American Cinema Movement: Feminism in the Cinema of Lucrecia Martel, Cecelia Louise Carey-Snow

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Following Intellectual Genealogies: The Construction of Mare Liberum and Mare Clausum, 1603-1652, Christopher Michael Crum

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A Survey of Wavelet Theory and Methods Suited for Times Series Analysis, Gregory Fitzgerald

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Gibbon's Rome for Chamber Orchestra, Kevin H. Franco

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Introversion-Extraversion and the Constitution of an Activist: Exploring Personality Value Patterns in Social Movement Engagement, Sofia L. Gnabasik

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Lateralization of Dysregulated Gene Expression in Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome and Manipulating the Methylome to Enhance Memory, Alex R. Gogliettino

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Finding Closure: Trauma Narratives in Graphic Literatures, Katharina Harling

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Finding Closure: Trauma Narratives in Graphic Literatures, Katharina Harling

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Newly Discovered Albee Formation in the Northern Half of the Jefferson, NH 7.5’ Quadrangle: Detrital Zircons, Structure, and Tectonics, Ian W. Hillenbrand

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Mi Bolivia está Cambiando: the effect of decentralization on ethno-political mobilization in Bolivia, Tessa Holtzman

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Nonlinear Dynamics of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers subject to Optical Injection, Aashu Jha

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Subclinical Depression, Anxiety, and Alexithymia: Implications for Implicit and Explicit Emotion Regulation, William N. Koller

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How do you interpret Heartbreak?: A prototype theory based approach to understanding genre’s effect on musical persona, Madeline McLean

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How do you interpret Heartbreak?: A prototype theory based approach to understanding genre's effect on musical persona, Madeline N. McLean

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The Boat is My Family: Embodiment and Belonging in Shetland Fishing Communities, Katherine S. McNally

The Developmental Trajectory of Oxytocin-Dependent Changes in Psychosocial Adjustment Across Adulthood, Kate A. Moody

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Waste, Time and Film in Don DeLillo’s Underworld and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Nathan T. Moreau

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Not a Laughing Matter: John Oliver, Burkean Frames, and the Performance of Public Intellect, Gabriel Francis Nott

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Virtuous Particularism: The Case for Contextual Value and Moral Sensitivity, Amar Ojha

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The Freedom of Information Act Reimagined: Lawmaking, Transparency, and National Security In Twenty-First-Century America, Matthew F. Phillips

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One Hand Clapping: Hearing Zen in «Recueil de pierre et de sable», Duncan Reehl

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One Hand Clapping: Hearing Zen in «Recueil de pierre et de sable», Duncan William Reehl

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Examining the Interpersonal Deficits in Borderline Personality Style: Comparing Attachment and Biosocial Models, Azure Reid-Russell

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Constructing Womanhood and the Female Cyborg: A Feminist Reading of Ex Machina and Westworld, Zoe E. Seaman-Grant

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Intersections of Mental Illness and Legislative Changes at Androscoggin County Jail, Katherine G. Stevenson

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Use of Chromatin Immunoprecipitation and qPCR in 24 Hours-post-fertilization Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryos to Show Direct Regulation of nrf genes by Ahr1B, Alexandra Sharon Wyss Ulin

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Vector Autoregressions with Machine Learning, Michael Allen Varner

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Bedrock Geology, Stratigraphy and Geochronology in the Migmatite Terrain of the Southern Gilead 7.5’ Quadrangle, Western Maine, Audrey Wheatcroft

Theses from 2016

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A Century of National Park Conflict: Class, Geography, and the Changing Values of Conservation Discourse in Maine, Adam R. Auerbach

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"This Is The Story of a Man Named Stanley": Narratology, Authorship and Agency in The Stanley Parable, Rebeccah Rose Bassell

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The Influence of U.S. Foreign Policy on Asylum and Refugee Admissions to the United States, Nicole Louise Bermudez

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Mixed k-means clustering in computer adaptive learning, Camden G. Bock and Bonnie Shulman PhD

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The Influence of pressure and temperature on the metal-silicate partitioning of V, Cr, and Mn: implications for the formation of the Earth’s core, Christopher William Bradbury

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Making Americans: Negotiating the Boundaries of Somali Identities in the Public Education System of Lewiston, Maine, Ashley Anne Bryant

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Chaucer's Women and Women Chaucerians: Unveiling the Modern Academy as a Medieval Institution through Chaucer's Poetry, Cheyenne J. Cannarozzo

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Structure and Geochronology of the Jurassic Pliny Range Caldera Complex: 7.5’ Jefferson Quadrangle, Northern New Hampshire, Jordan Leigh Cargill

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The Political Limits of Deep Ecology: Rawls and Naess on Intrinsic Value and Reasonable Pluralism, Britta A. Clark

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Poetics of the Heartland: The Lyric Voices of James Wright and Stanley Plumly, William R. Cleaves

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A Court Under Strain: The U.S. Supreme Court's Democratic Deficit, Brielle E. Dalvano

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Safely Shooting a Quiet Woman: A Study of Patriarchy, Sexuality, Racism, and Putrefaction in John Webster’s Plays, Rebecca C. Dobbin

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Applying the Neo-Functionalist Paradigm to Assess the Integrative Consequences of the European Court of Justice's Human Rights Jurisprudence, Elizabeth Sarah Dolgicer

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Red maple (Acer rubrum) and red oak (Quercus rubra) exhibit spatial and temporal variation in vulnerability to embolism, Julia Laird Fisher

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Re-imagining the South African Nation: Case Studies of the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Josh Tancer Giesler

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The Influence of Lineup Procedures on Eyewitness Decision Making, Julia B. Gordon

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Methane emissions along a salinity gradient of a restored salt marsh in Casco Bay, Maine, Cailene M. Gunn

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Portraits of Bhutanese Identity in America: Family, Belonging, and Hope in the Diaspora, Isabel Ann Koyama

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Drops of One Ocean: Globalization, Identity Formation and Hegemony in the Baha'i Communities of Samoa, the Netherlands, Latvia, and Lithuania, Detmer Yens Kremer

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La imagen de la mujer: Insatisfacción y trastornos alimentarios en Argentina, Elise I. Krims

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Origami Constructions of Rings of Algebraic Integers, Juergen Desmond Kritschgau

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Context Dependent Representations: Solving the Problem of Content, Jurgen Desmond Kritschgau

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Mid-Holocene Marine Paleoclimate Reconstruction Through Schlerochronological Analysis of Arctica islandica from Finnmark, Rolvsøya, Northern Norway, Samuel Zimet Mark

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High Resolution XRF Sediment Analysis of Late Season Precipitation Events in a High Arctic Glaciated Watershed: Svalbard, Norway, Christiane P. McCabe

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Private Union, Public Conflict: Life and Labor at Michelin in the Twentieth Century, Madeleine Curtis McCabe

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Conceptualizing Community: Older People's Experiences in Independent Living Facilities, Laurel E. Meyer

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My Soul, My Integrity, My Freedom: Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, and their Competing Perspectives within the Struggle for Black Equality During the Second Red Scare, Evan J. Molinari

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Reading "A Politics of Location": An Ethical Mapping of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, Michela J. Moscufo

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Judging Moral Evaluations: The Capabilities Approach to Female Genital Surgeries, Rachel Neckes

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La Mujer en La Frontera: Gender and Assimilation in Pedro Juan Soto’s Spiks, Joseph Foster’s Stephana, and José Antonio Villarreal’s Pocho, Jacqueline L. Paredes

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Progress towards Bose-Einstein condensation on an atom chip as a functional testbed for experiments aboard the orbital NASA Cold Atom Laboratory, Daniel Adkins Paseltiner

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Stocks and Sources of Carbon Buried in the Salt Marshes and Seagrass Beds of Patos Lagoon, Southern Brazil, Elizabeth Weis Patterson

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Les Femmes Guides de Montagne: Negotiating Gendered Spaces in Morocco, Carly Elizabeth Peruccio

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Searching for Blood in the Streets: Mapping Political Violence onto Urban Topography in the Late Roman Republic, 80-50 BCE, Theodore Samuel Rube

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A Late-Holocene Marine Climate Reconstruction Using the Bivalve Arctica islandica from Northern Norway, Julia Margaret Savage

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The Awkward, (Un)Desirable, and Enticing Politics of Sexuality and Reproductive Health in HBO's Girls, Rebecca Holly Schwartz

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An Analysis of Lithic Materials and Morphology from the Late Maritime Woodland and Protohistoric Periods at the Devil’s Head site in the Maine Quoddy Region, Chris E. Shaw

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"That's the Way We Flow": Hip Hop as Oral Literature, Patrick M. Smith

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Effect of Endogenous Oxytocin on Psychosocial Adjustment as Moderated by Emotional Receptivity, Adriane Raftery Spiro

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Defining the Conservative Woman: Margaret Thatcher, Politics, and Gender, Taylor West Stone

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Fragmented Citizenship in a Fragmented State: Ideas, Institutions, and the Failure of Reconstruction, Allen C. Sumrall

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Empathy, Medicine, and the Novel, Anna Sophia Williams

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Lire Tintin : un héros en contexte, Hannah Margaret Zeltner

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Contesting the Dominance of Neoliberalism: The Ideograph as a Force for Social Change, Jordan Tyler Becker

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Hypocrisy Induction to Increase College Students’ Condom Use: A Dissonance-Based Safe Sex Intervention, Stephanie B. Benson

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Wonder Woman Revealed: William Moulton Marston, World War II and the Rise of a Superheroine (1941-1959), Rebecca Katherine Carifio

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A More Durable Peace: The Nexus Between Local Influence and Power-Sharing Governance, Benjamin Skorpen Claeson

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Constitutional Assembly Breakdown: A Study of Why Nepal’s Constitution Writing Procces Failed, Evan Cooper

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"She among them but never of them": Race and Sexuality through Tomboy Transformation Narratives of the Postwar Era, Michael John Creedon

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Deformation Post-Doming: New mapping of the Oliverian Jefferson Dome, Mt. Dartmouth 7.5' Quadrangle, New Hampshire, Michelle Devoe

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Creating a Moral Empowerment Program in Lewiston, ME, Brett Tomas Emmons

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Individual and Synergistic Effects of Oxytocin and Dopamine on Fluid Intelligence, Ramya Ghantasala

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The diversity of AlkBs: a structural and mechanistic comparison of three little-known alkane monooxygenase enzymes, Grace Elizabeth Hamilton

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Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism and Islamophobia in Contemporary Sri Lanka, Robin Noel Badone Jones

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Numbers and Shapes: Is Math Learning Enhanced by a Fantastical Context?, Natasha Renee Kalra

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Developing Leadership Skills in Adolescent Girls, Caroline Anne Kern

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Submissively Subversive: Mo Yan's Red Sorghum Clan and its Film Adaptation by Zhang Yimou, David FC Kohler

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Peer and Self-Perceptions of Learning Differences, Megan Mariko Lapp

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The Origins of American Unitarianism Reconsidered: Theophilus Lindsey, James Freeman, and the English Episcopal Reform Origins of American Unitarianism, Samuel Williams Learner

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Walking on a Bridge You Also Built: Practitioners’ Experience Navigating the Borderland Between Western and Chinese Medicine, Rachel H. Levine

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"Same Story Every Time / Being Black is Not a Crime": Gun Regulations and Recurrent Patterns of Government Control of Black Americans in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Joshua Kurzer Manson

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Compulsory Licenses: Damaging Firm Value in the Short Run?, Daniel E. Mansuri Mr.

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Les Mutations d’un lieu de mémoire. Le Vélodrome d’Hiver au cinéma : 1970 et 2010, Talia Rose Rees Mason

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Wastelands: Managing Trash and Humans on the US-Mexico Border, Gabriel Scott Nudel

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Reflections in the Author's Eye: Optics, Involution, and Artifice in the Novels and Short Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Amelia J. Oliver

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Petrogenesis and Paleostress Analysis of the Mesozoic Mill Brook Dike Zone in the Mount Dartmouth 7.5' Quadrangle, New Hampshire, Graham Grear Oxman