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.

Catalog records for paper copies of theses deposited in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library can be viewed here.

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Theses from 2014

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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

Theses from 2013

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Social Anxiety and Memory Conformity in Eyewitnesses, Alexandra Abry

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Satire and the Necessity of Locale: Genealogical Readings in Max Beerbohm and Karl Kraus, Matthew Joseph Bettles

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Structural and mechanistic characterization of the integral membrane non-heme diiron protein, alkane monooxygenase, from the oil-degrading bacterium Alcanivorax borkumensis, David Allan Born

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Regulatory Focus Theory and Reactions to Anti-Egalitarian Humor, Stephanie Boyle

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Synthesis and Antioxidant Activity of Phenylpropanoid Glycoside Analogs, Jennifer C. Brown

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Classical Music Education: a transcontinental comparative study of classical music for today’s youth, Jessica Diana Cooper

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Thymic Morphology and Increased Apoptotic Rates in Juvenile and Adult Female Mice Following Exposure to Low Levels of Arsenic Early in Development, Isabelle Lane Curran

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Meta-affective processing and its relationship to serotonin and BDNF systems, Lauren A. Demers

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Towards Global Justice: Reconciling Rawlsian Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism in an Interconnected World, Kate L. Fetrow

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How to Maintain One-Party Control: A Case Study of the Political Strategies Used by New Hampshire Republicans, Mikayla Clara Foster

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Turkey's Gender Equality Puzzle: Navigating the difference between policy and practice, Nora M. Hanagan

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From Modernization and Development to Neoliberal Democracy: A History of the Ford Foundation in Latin America 1959-2000, Jacquelyn Marie Holmes

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Hamd and Naat: Muslim Women Singers in Pakistan, Amna Ilyas

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Requiem Mass for Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Miles C. Isacke

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Diversity and characterization of songs in the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort population of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) during their annual spring migration, 2011, Hansen Dalmasse Johnson

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Dominant and subordinate male odors elicit different patterns of synaptic and intrinsic plasticity in accessory olfactory bulb mitral cells of female mice, Samantha Marie Landino

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Peripheral Levels of Oxytocin and Affective Processing in Relation to Schizotypy, Laura Kolker Max

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Protecting Life: A Metaphorical Analysis of the Pro-Life Abortion Movement and the Conservation Movement, Holly W. McLaughlin Ms.

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Constructing The Prophet: Steve Jobs and the Messianic Myth of Apple, Scott Forsyth MIckey

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Microfinance as Ambivalence: Kilimanjaro Women Experiences of Capitalist Development, Desmond Mushi

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Statistical Methods of Wavelet Analysis with Applications to Ecological Time-Series, Daniel J. Peach

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Getting Away With Murder: Why States Deny Past Atrocities, Cameron Ashleigh Sheldon

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Fat Talk with Parents and Weight Bias in High School and Undergraduate Students, Stephanie Leigh Sprague

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Jane Austen and the Art of Revision: Reading, Fiction, Feminism, Natalie R. Thompson

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A comparative study of songbird serum effectiveness against the causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, Carla Greer Tilchin

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L’écriture comme mise en œuvre et mise en doute de la représentation dans L’Acacia de Claude Simon, María Daniela Velasco Molina

Theses from 2012

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Two essays on the optimal control of infectious diseases: Examining discrepancies between discrete-time and continuous-time models, Arjada Bardhi

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A Study of the Impact of Ditch-plug Alteration on the Hydrogeology of the Sprague River Marsh, Phippsburg, Maine, Colin H. Barry

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Working Toward Pragmatic and Sustainable Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices Among Somali Mothers in Lewiston, Maine, Mariah Marilyn Clarke Barstow

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Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler, and the Birth of Psychological Man, Jeffrey Erik Berry

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“That was all me. I did it. And the government helped me, definitely, but if I didn’t put forth the effort, I wouldn’t have come anywhere. It was a mix.” Perceptions of Individual Versus Government Responsibility to Help the Poor, Nicolle H. Bugajski

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“In a newe plantation it is not knowen whether man or woman be more necessary”: Gender Relations in Seventeenth-Century Virginia, Caylin E. Carbonell

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“This is a reckoning.” A Project in Directing Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Elizabeth Ann Castellano

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The Inverse Relationship Between the Black Immigrant Paradox and Black Nonimmigrant Disadvantage: A Comparative Analysis of Test Outcomes for Black Immigrant and Black Nonimmigrant Students, Jordan A. Conwell

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A Perfect Triangle: Aaron Lopez and the Colonial Mercantile System in Pre-Revolutionary Newport, Rhode Island, James Cook

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World Bank-NGO Entanglements in Ecuador’s Intag Region: Engagements that Favor a World Bank Hegemony or NGO Agency?, Corey James Creedon

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Japanese Manga and Modern Literary Heroism: Heroes of Action and Inaction in Japanese Comic Books, Brendan Steel Culliton

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Determining P-T Paths of Metamorphism Based on Mineral Textures and Pseudosection Analysis in Small Point, Maine, Heather A. Doolittle

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Child of the Black Atlantic: Negotiating Identities in Helene Cooper’s Memoir, Tasheana S. Dukuly

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New Evidence of a Post-Laurentide Local Cirque Glacier on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, Ian T. Dulin, Brian K. Fowler, and Timothy L. Cook

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Political Change through Narrative, Catherine Elliott

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Perceptual Asymmetries and Lateralization in Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Kristen Jeanine Gavin

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The College and the Community: Exploring the Impact of Service-Learning on the College Aspirations of Community Partners, Joanna L. Goldin

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La dominicanidad desde la diáspora: Literatura e historiografía en La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, Dhariana María González

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"Women's Rugby isn't That Feminine": Challenging Gender Norms Through Participation in Women's Rugby, Kerry Mulhern Gross

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Las Trans: Negotiating Gender, Personhood, and Citizenship in Chile, Sydney A. Hare

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Defining the Japanese OL Body Through Modern Advice Literature: Text and Images, Kaitlin L. Harrison

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Dams over Nukes: Explaining Indian Water Treaties, Romina Istratii

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Kaleidoscopic and Non-Monolithic Ethnic Tourism in China: A Case-specific Approach to the Examination of its Impacts on Minority Identities, Romina Istratii

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Nerd Up: The Rise of Nerd Media and the Co-Optation of Narrative in Advertising, Ryan Thomas Katon

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Commemorating the Holocaust and Communism: The Politics of Hungarian Public Memory, Kelsey LaFreniere

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Objective Chances in a Deterministic World, Daniel Lambright

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Hitler's Children: Education as Indoctrination under the Third Reich, Claire Lampen

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Using Sedimentary and Geochemical Proxies for Little Ice Age Climate Climate Change Reconstructions, South Mainland Shetland, Jennifer A. Lindelof

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Multinational States, Multicultural Nations: The Challenge of Liberal Multiculturalism in Nested Nations, Justin Gregory Lipton

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Love, Crime, and Township Identity in Fred Khumalo's "Bitches' Brew" and "Seven Steps to Heaven", Erica Rose Long

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Low-dose developmental arsenic exposure alters gene expression potentially through epigenetic modifications, Haley Ellen Manchester

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“An Exceedingly Dirty and Nasty People”: Exploring the Patriot Forces of 1775, Katharine A. Maxwell

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The Categorical Balance of Safeguarding Honor: A Cluster Analysis of Rhetorical Value Hierarchies in the Ninth Circuit’s United States v. Alvarez, Kevin Brown McCandlish

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"It's All Happening at the Zoo:" Plural Visions of Landscape, Animals, and Humans in the Early Days of the Bronx Zoo, Rebecca Lauren Merten

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Kinematics of the Phippsburg Shear Zone at Hermit Island and the Wood Islands, Small Point, Maine, Peter Kent Miller

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The Problem of the Ordinary: Liberating the Fantastic and the Uncanny, Meghan R. Napier

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The β-lactam antibiotic ceftriaxone as a treatment for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in 6-OHDA-lesioned rats., Caroline B. Neville

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Program Music and the Influence of Extra-Musical Narratives on Performance, Karen E. Nicoletti

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In Defense of Israel: How Social Context Affects Jewish-Americans’ Moral Reasoning, Michael Pasek

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Los “Chicago Boys”: A Powerful Exchange of People and Ideas between Chile and Chicago, Josephine B. Reinhardt

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Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell: Authorship, Collaboration, and Divergence, Maria J. Rouvalis

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Access to Information in the Developing World: The Role of Mobile Telephony in Economic Development, Michael Bruce Sagan

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Revising Sovereignty - A Case Study of Kosovo, East Timor, and South Ossetia, Gina Cristina Sima

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The Structure and Stratigraphy of Small Point, Maine: D3 Inverted Transtensional Map-Scale Folds of Neoacadian Provenance, Haley Russell Sive

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Counting "Whole Persons" in David Foster Wallace's Fiction, Charles J. Thaxton

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The Evolution of Chivalric Values in the Order of the Garter: Edward III to Elizabeth I, Sarah Joy Vigne Ms.

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The Unbending Pillars of John Adams's Political Philosophy, Anna Kane Wallman

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"The Vindication of Spinsters: Winifred Holtby's Case for Female Satisfaction", Katherine Ann Wiryaman

Theses from 2011

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Taking Back Sicily: The Antimafia Movement and its Counter-Hegemonic Attack on Cosa Nostra, Jennifer Anne Diefendorf

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Nitrogen Isotopes in Zostera marina: a Potential Indicator of Anthropogenic Nutrient Loading in Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine, Gregory Edward Flynn

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Stable Isotopic Shifts in Late Holocene Fish Bones from Multiple Archaeological Coastal Middens in Penobscot Bay, Maine, Carrie Maxene Harris

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Paleostress Analysis of Mesozoic Extension in Fractures and Basalt Dikes, Great Gulf, NH, Carter A. Kindley

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A Biogeochemical Study of Ditchplug and Natural Pools in Sprague River Marsh, Phippsburg, ME, Ingrid Knowles

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The Vogar Fissure Swarm, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland: Aseismic Kinematics of an Oblique Rift Zone, Keegan Timothy Runnals