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 2022

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“These People, Do They Care?” Facilitating Connections to Post-Incarceration Reentry Supports, Emma R. Block

Theses from 2021

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The Influence of Racial Bias on Jury Selection and Potential Consequences for Justice, Kate S. Abramowitz

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Pestilence and Penitence: The Cyprianic Plague and the Rise of Christianity, Alan C. Bisesi

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Queerness for Kids: A Content Analysis of LGBTQ Narrative Picture Books, Emma W. Bouchey

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Boys to Braves: Performing an Idealized Colonial State at Ontario Canoe-Tripping Camps, Helen Moran Bruckner

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Unvanquished: the Kumeyaay and the 1775 Revolt, Catherine Joan Buse

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Tet2 Knockout May Lead to Selective Memory Enhancement, Mallory M. Caron

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“You don’t see yourself:” On the relationship between women’s body appreciation, self-objectification, and sexual agency, Shelby Elizabeth Cronkhite

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“What We Do Minister to Our Gross Selves”: Afflicted Bodies, Illicit Sex, and the Agency of Disease in Romeo & Juliet and Measure for Measure, Deon J. Custard

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Bedrock Geology, Geochronology, and Tectonic History of the Bronson Hill Anticlinorium in Northern New Hampshire, Liza A. Folsom

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Bedrock Geology, Geochronology, and Tectonic History of the Bronson Hill Anticlinorium in Northern New Hampshire, Liza Anne Folsom

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Stories from the Flood: Narratives of Celilo Falls, 1805-2021, Maximilian LeGrand Friedenwald-Fishman

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Geometry of Brittle and Ductile Bedrock Structures Influencing Groundwater Hydrology Adjacent to the Chlor-alkali Superfund Site, Berlin, NH, Peter B. Galloway

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“Resolute Support:” Contextualizing Afro-Asian Imagery of the Cultural Revolution through the Lens of Maoist Theory, Owen Greenwood

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Choosing the Fall to Rise Up: Gender Consumption and Eve’s Culinary World, Sarah Catherine Herde

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Convection in Rotating Spherical Fluid Shell, Xiaole Jiang

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"Without Lawful Authority": Reassessing Nullification and its Contributions to Political and Constitutional Development in Antebellum America, Benjamin Keener

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Moral Duties Amid Legal Bias, Benjamin Klafter

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Fluid Stirring on a Sphere -- a Topological Approach, Kirstin E. Koepnick

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Minimal Requirements for Topologically Protected Edge Modes, Kirstin E. Koepnick

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Widespread Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Child and Parent Perspectives, Nicki S. Lane

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Medium-bound Horror in the Manga of Itō Junji, Michael A. Lombardi

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Beguiling time, making air, and taking milk for gall: queerness in Macbeth, Erin Lyons

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Laying the Groundwork: Desert Spaces and the Sacralization of U.S. Settler Colonialism, Anna-Elena Maheu

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Exploring “Cultural Sensitivity” Among Frontline Workers Addressing Violence Against Women in Lewiston, Maine, Hannah Marian McKenzie

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"I Became Unstoppable:" A Community-Based Quantitative and Qualitative Examination of a Mentoring Program's Effect on Youth in the Foster Care System, Emma Morehouse-Hulbert

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The Design Experience: Accessing Design in a Liberal Arts Education, Julia Ann Nash

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“The Real Target”: Medical Racism and AIDS Genocide Conspiracy Theory, Madeline Grace Polkinghorn

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Reconstructing the Female Experience in Classical Attica Through A Close Analysis of The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Nicholas P. Quill

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Why We Need Translingualism: An Antiracist Approach in the Writing Center, Sarah Townsend Raphael

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On Brass and Snow: An Athlete's History of the Sport of Biathlon, Brad William Ravenelle

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New School(s), Same Problem: An Analysis of Black Students’ Experiences in Urban Charter Schools, Joshua Redd

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Sounds of Scotland, Ian W. Robertson

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Sounds of Scotland, Ian W. Robertson

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Authorship Identification of Li Qingzhao’s Anthology: A Computational Approach, Richard Tyler Simmons

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"La Migración Cambió Mi Visión (Migration Changed My Vision)": How and Why Oaxacan Return Migrants Run for Mayor of Their Hometowns, Daniel Lawrence Tepler

Theses from 2020

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Endangering Danger: An Anthropological Exploration of the Relationship between Snakes and People in Sāmoa., Ariel Abonizio

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Auburn Public School District, Samantha Alexander

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Exploring Structure in Origami Constructions, Deveena R. Banerjee

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Applying the Generalized Quasilinear Approximation to Taylor-Couette Flow, Morgan Baxter

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Conceptualizing the Variables That Shape the International Student Experience in Higher Education, Francesca Biondi Morra

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Representations of Black Queer Masculinity in Contemporary Popular Music: A Close Analysis of Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean, Josephine Blanchon

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A Taste of Life, Christian A. Bradna Diaz

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The Role Of ABC Transporters ABCC4 and ABCE1 in Establishing Ephydatia muelleri/Chlorella Symbioses, Lillian Chang

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2D and 3D Magneto-Optical Trapping of ⁸⁷Rb in an Atom Chip Bose-Einstein Condensation Apparatus, Michał Ćwik

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Armed Struggle, Global Stage: Irish-American Politics & The Troubles in the 1980s, James Claiborne Fagan

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"The Divergent Paths of Jihad: Comparing Violence Against Civilians Perpetrated by IS and JN in the Syrian Civil War", Abigail Katherine Frost

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“Your Favorite Rapper’s a Christian Rapper”: Chance the Rapper’s Creation of a New Community of Christian Hip Hop Through His Use of Religious Discourse on the 2016 Mixtape Coloring Book, Samuel Patrick Glenn

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The Attitudes We Live By: The Impact of Symbols of Authority and the Questionable Nature of their Rejection, William Moses Green

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The Origins and Dynamics of Phosphorus in Maine’s Lake Auburn Watershed, Lars Gundersen

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The Development of Meaning and Purpose in Life Among Adolescents in Germany and Maine, Janika Ho

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Late Glacial to Holocene Sea Level History of Kapp Linné, Svalbard, Norwegian High Arctic, Hannah Brierly Johnson

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"One" and "I": Dimensions of Ritual Unity and Individuality in the Liturgical Practice of the Catholic Nicene Creed, Jack M. McLarnon

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Synthesis and Structural Analysis of Mn and Ni-Based Materials for Cathode Applications, Robyn Moss

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Decolonization, Resurgence, and Climate Adaptation: Confronting Settler Colonialism in the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe’s Climate-Induced Resettlement, Margaret O'Shea

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Understanding the Alerting-Congruency Interaction in the Attention Network Test (ANT), Lily Ashare Patterson

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Shrouded Voices: The Social Networks of Afro-Mexican Women in Seventeenth Century Mexico City and Veracruz, Ursula Yoshiko Rall

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Tet2 and H2A.Z Negatively Regulate Memory Formation in the Hippocampus, Anas Reda

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Assessing Task-dependent Flexibility and the Temporal Dynamics of Object Categorization, Alyssa Magill Rohan

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“At the heart of legend”: Feminist Revisionist Mythology in Twentieth-Century Poetry, Madison Rozells

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This Land is My Land: racism and antiracism in farmland succession in Auburn, Maine, Jesse Bull Saffeir

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The Construction of Exceptionalist Nationalism: A Critique of Danish Imperialist Shame and Ongoing Colonialism in Kalaallit Nunaat, Sofie Lee Sogaard

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Founded by Abolitionists, Funded by Slavery: Past and Present Manifestations of Bates College’s Founding Paradox, Emma Soler

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Cosmopolitan Americanisms: Post-9/11 Transnational Immigrant Narratives, Bence Xavier Szechenyi

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Hydroclimate Reconstruction in the Changing High Arctic Maritime Environment, Linnédalen, Svalbard, Emma Lea Wheeler

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Silencing, Discrediting, Dismissing: Testimonial Injustice as a Violation of Universal Moral Obligations, Ernestine B. Whitaker

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Synthetic Studies of Linderofruticoside A, Mitchell A. Willsey

Theses from 2019

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The Ethos of Agency: Exploring Questions of Communication and Categorization in Greece’s Refugee Crisis, Caroline R. Barnes

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Spirit Possession, Mediation, and Ambiguity in the Ancient Greek Worship of Dionysos, Isabella Barrengos

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The Matrilineal Specter in Kingston's Woman Warrior and Keller's Comfort Woman, Theodore V. Burns

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La búsqueda de una nueva identidad española en las películas de Pedro Almodóvar de los 80, Andrew Chen

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Heat and Light in the City of the Future: A Feasibility Study of Renewable Energy in Lewiston, Maine, Haley Crim

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Sentimental Arcs From Grief to Mourning in An Unnecessary Woman and Koolaids: The Art of War by Rabih Alameddine, Carl D. Deakins Mx

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Irish Identity, American Identity, and the Irish American Anti-Partition Movement, Margaret Mary Dever

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Development of novel tissue-type plasminogen activator-binding RNA aptamer, Nathan Paul Frederick

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Stealing Borders: The Yiddish Book Center and Expansions of Postvernacular Yiddishland, Sarah Elsa Freyd

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Truth-Telling and Transitional Justice in Chile: Healing for Women Survivors of Trauma Through Testimonial Art Collectives, Olivia Snow Fried

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Welcoming New Mainers: Local Economic Development and its Effects on the Politics of Immigration, Trevor H. Fry

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Characterization of Trap Frequencies for Cold Atom Laboratory Bose-Einstein Condensates, Maxwell Jeremy Gold

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Temporal Negative Priming: Visual and Auditory, Alexa C. M. Harrison

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A Struggle for Dignity on the Land: Living Histories of Southern Agricultural Exploitation and Farmworker Resistance in North Carolina, Erin Rosalind Hazlett-Norman

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Dynamics of Quantum Dot Lasers Subject to Optical Feedback and Current Modulation, Tianyao Huang

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Performance, Identity, and the 1887 London Residency of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West in Context, Cameron Connor Huftalen

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Passively Black, Actively Unprofessional: Beyond a Fault-Based Conception of Black Women’s Identity and Hairstyling in Title VII Jurisprudence, Kayla K. Jackson

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De-Centering the Bildungsroman: Identification, Trauma, and the Female Double in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Toni Morrison’s Sula, Lily Kip

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Depth of Processing of Visual Scenes Not Consciously Perceived, Wanyi Lu

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Sense of Place in Kennedy Park: the Role of Urban Green Space in the Tree Streets Neighborhood, Dylan Peter Metsch-Ampel

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Caught Between: Achille, the Instar and Intention/Reception in Walcott’s Omeros, Peter Nadel

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Economic Subjugation and Crime in a Capitalist Context: Using ​The Wire​ to Understand the Contemporary American City, Ellis Obrien

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Between the Borderlands and The Last Generation: An Autoethnographic and Theoretical Analysis of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua and The Last Generation: Prose and Poetry by Cherrie Moraga, Miranda C. Padilla

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Modernist Temporalities: Figures of Time in the Novels of Virginia Woolf, Tyler Parke

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Dickens and Trauma: The Art of Autobiographical Fiction, Sarah M. Rothmann

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Some Strive to Remember, Others Wish They Could Forget: The Intersection of Culture and Trauma in Vietnam War Literatures, William Sanders

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Reimagining Citizenship in the Age of Climate Change, Anna Setzer

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Purification, Characterization, and Activity of Ribonucleases on mRNA Degradation in Borrelia Burgdorferi, Gabriella Francis Shpilsky

“Spare No Pains in Trying to Learn to Read”: The Community-Building Power of Black-Written Works and the Construction of Fellowship, Francesca Marie Steiner

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Discovery of Ten-Eleven Translocation Enzymes Inhibitors for Enhancement of Long-Term Memory, Haoyu Sun

Measuring the Hypoxic and Hypercapnic Ventilatory Responses of Anolis carolinensis, Mary Buford Turnage

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Effects of Videotaped Eyewitness Identifications of Eyewitnesses and Jurors, Dayna E. Vasconcelos

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The Super-resolution Imaging of RNA Localization in Borrelia burgdorferi Cells, Xiaomeng Wang