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 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 US 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

Theses from 2015

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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

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Nuancing Czech Secularism and Debunking Assumptions of Atheism: Finding Spirituality and Questioning Identity in a Culturally Christian Post-Communist Society, Molly Irene Pailet

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Using Community Structure Networks to Model Heterogeneous Mixing in Epidemics, and a Potential Application to HIV in Washington, D.C., Katherine Ragland Paulson

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The Lady is a Tramp: The Integration of the Appalachian Mountain Club Hut System as a Distillation of the Women’s Rights Movement, Grace Lillian Pezzella

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The Third Dimension of Power within Education Based NGOs in Nicaragua, Emily Catherine Roseman

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Going West: An Interdisciplinary Study of Marfa, Texas, Martha Schnee

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UNDER THE COVERS: Deconstructing the Presentation of the Human Reproductive System in Secondary Biology Education, Alexandra M. Skaperdas

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White Privilege: A Study of White Students' Racial Awareness at a Predominantly White, but Historically Inclusive Institution, Quincy Elizabeth Snellings

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"Infinitesimal Progress": Rethinking Bergsonian Modalities of Time in William Faulkner's Novels, 1929-1932, Beau P. Sperry

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“To my virginity!”: Queerness, Silencing, and Dominicanity in Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Nicholas Jason Steverson

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What Role Did the Sassanid Empire Truly Play in the Fall of the Western Roman Empire? Exploring Divergences in Causal Frameworks, Nicholas Vladimir Strunc and Nicholas Vladimir Strunc

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Decreased Attentional Abilities are Related to Dissociation in Undergraduates: An Exploratory Study of Dissociation, Cognition, Sleep and Mood, Hannah L. Weiss

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Controlling Birth Control: Media Representations of Contraception in the 1960s, Anna Forest Whetzle

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Evaluation of the ubiquitin-protein ligases UBE3A and DTX3L as mediators of EMCV 3C protease concentration, Joshua T. Zimmer

Theses from 2014

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Scottish Nostalgias: Evocations of Home in the 1990s Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, and Kathleen Jamie, Kathryn A. Ailes

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Neuromodulatory Effects of Delta Opioid Receptors on Accessory Olfactory Bulb Processing, Abigail Jane Alexander

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An Investigation of Quantum Dynamics in a Three-Level Bose-Einstein Condensate System, Saad J. Ansari

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Same Sex Relationships and the Right to Intimate Association: Developing an Alternative Constitutional Framework in Support of Gay Rights, Evan L. Binder

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Scotland within Empire: the Quest for Independence with or without Union, Michaela E. Brady

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Why Haiti?: A case study of human processes in a "natural" disaster, Lucy Louisa Brennan

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Materiality and the Literary Letter, Alexandra McDowell Carley

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The Anthropology of Think Tanks: Democracy Promotion in Egypt after the 2011 Uprisings, Sabina Erika Lee Frizell

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A Study of Matter-Wave Diffraction in Bose-Einstein Condensates for Atom Interferometry Applications, Yang Guo

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Assessing the Landscape: In Search of a Coherent Value Theory for Environmental Ethics, Alex J. Hamilton

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Do Reentrant Processes Facilitate Feature Binding?, Mariya E. Manahova

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The More the Merrier: Exploring the Efficacy of Foreign Supernatural Agents as Mechanisms of Compensatory Control, Mary Alice Millard

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El poder de la emoción en una marcha sin fin: Un diálogo con los académicos, la prensa internacional y las palabras de las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, Hannah A. Miller

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Design and construction of multi-dimensional optical lattices for 87 Rb Bose-Einstein condensates, Edward Russell Moan

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Critical Speed Analysis of Railcars and Wheelsets on Curved and Straight Track, Joanna Charlotte Moody

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The Ainu Speak of Famine: How Oral Traditions Reflect and Inform Historical Analysis of Changing Food Practices and Trade Relations in Early Modern Period Hokkaido (1603-1868), Joanna Charlotte Moody

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Legal Hybridity: Rule of Law under Authoritarianism, Aung Phone Myint

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The Tropical Eigenvalue-Vector Problem from Algebraic, Graphical, and Computational Perspectives, Alex William Nowak

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The Biopolitics of Marriage and Motherhood: Understanding the Transformative Role of White Middle-Class Women in the American Eugenics Movement 1900-1930, Emma Barrett Perkinson

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The Reign of “King Henequen”: The Rise and Fall of Yucatán’s Export Crop from the Pre-Columbian Era through 1930, Nyle Lucien Rioux

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How the Mind Refigures Memory: The Role of Social Construction and Fallibility in the Fictions of Faulkner, Woolf, and Nabokov, Rebecca H. Salzman-Fiske