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 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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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

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“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

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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

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“Before its Smell Became Me:” Motel Residency and the Politics of Belonging, Abigail T. Westberry Ms.

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“If There Be One Only, She Shall Inherit Half”: Explaining the Preservation of Islamic Inheritance Law in Tunisia’s 1956 Personal Status Code, Gwendolyn R. Whidden

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Learning Induces DNA Methylation to Encode, Consolidate, and Recall Memory in the Hippocampus: Are Tet And Tcf4 Candidates for Intellect?, Xinyuan Zhang

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Dueling Lyres: Competing Consolatory Practices in the Roman Empire, Katherine Josephine Ziegler

Theses from 2018

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Revolutionizing Girl: Oppressive Social Structures as Stymieing Adolescent Change In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Garrett T. Anderson

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mRNA decay in Borrelia burgdorferi under conditions of osmotic stress, Emily E. Bacon

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The Alderbrook and Riverton Stages of Glacial Lake Israel and their Significance to the Indigenous Peoples of the Israel River Complex, Hazel Cashman

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Opposition to a Neoclassical Scenario: Hip hop in Contemporary Jazz, Ian Thomas Clarkson

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The Construction of a New Religion: L. Ron Hubbard's Use of Religious Discourse in the Transformation of Dianetics into Scientology, Robert John Daniels

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Communities of Power: Rawls's Liberal Society and the Legitimate Use of Force, Matthew R. Davis

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Divided We Fall: Eurosceptics in the European Parliament, Dylan Desjardins

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Refugees, Racialization, and Resistance: Examining Lewiston, Maine’s Farmers’ Market, Zsofia Duarte

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You Are Not Alone: HIV/AIDS Activism in Maine, Ian W. Erickson

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Native Youth Contributions to Indigenous Sovereignty and Climate Justice in the #noDAPL Movement, Mary Rebecca Ferguson

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Drug Use on the Coast: Examining the Opioid Epidemic in Maine Lobster Fishing Communities, Anna Rose Franceschetti

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The Chorus of Cinema: Experiments in Community Filmmaking Practices and Collective Storytelling in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, Dylan A. Franks

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Portraying Harper Amaty Pitt: A Process, Hope French

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Targeting Tet2 to Enhance Cognition: Manipulating the Methylome as a Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, Caroline Paige Gettens

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"Woe to England's Manhood": Masculinity, Class and Liberalism in Britain, 1855-1874, Cristopher David Hernandez Sifontes

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Queering Adrienne Rich: The Poetics of Radical Thought and Transformative Vision, Justin Ameen Hoden

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Structure-Function Relationships in Pyrochlore Oxides, Samra Husremovic

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Intimacy and Desire Through the Lens of an Aro-Ace Woman of Color, Christina Lang

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McClellan at Sebastopol: The Delafield Commission and its Impact on the Siege of Yorktown, Joshua Elliot Leiner

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The Relationship Between Purpose in Life and Salivary Cortisol Reactivity to a Social Stressor, Zachary Eli Magin

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Sediment trap analysis in high-arctic lake Linnévatnet indicates a recent shift in the annual hydrological regime, Gabriel H. P. McGinn

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Of Bucks, Butterflies, and Black Lives: An Analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, John C. McWilliams

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Structure and Kinematics of the Jefferson Oliverian Dome in the Southern Half of the Mt. Crescent 7.5’ Quadrangle, New Hampshire, Thorn King Merrill

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Synthesis and incorporation of carbohydrate building blocks into O-mannosylated glycans, Catherine Field Merton

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ECT and DBS: Depression Treatments and their Perceived Threat to Personal Identity, Katrina A. Muñoz

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Bedrock Mapping of the Southern Portion of the 7.5 Minute Mt. Crescent Quadrangle, Northern New Hampshire, Kurt A. Niiler

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Dynamics of Quantum Dot Lasers Subject to Optical Feedback, Salim Ourari

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Round and Round Like a Squirrel on a Wheel: Exploring the Role of Negative Affect and Rumination in Mood Changes During Pain, Olga Revzina

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The postglacial sea level history of Ingøya, northern Norway, Sam Rickerich

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Targeting Terrorist Leaders, Stephen Charles Rowe

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Europe’s Outsourced Refugees: Contextualizing NGO work in the “Calais of the Balkans”, John M. Sapoch

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Power, Autonomy, and the Role of Law: Nudity and the Public-Private Distinction, Martin Francisco Saps

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Depth of Processing in Object Substitution Masking, Gwen E. Savino

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The Role of Diagnostic Objects in the Temporal Dynamics of Visual Scene Categorization, Julie Stitt Self

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Urbanization: Impact on Dissolved Oxygen and Sedimentation in the Hart Brook Watershed (Lewiston, Maine), Hannah Rae Slattery

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Reviving Gogol: "Diary of a Madman" in the Modern Scope, Nathaniel J. Stephenson

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A Machine Learning Approach for Predicting Inpatient Discharge at Central Maine Medical Center, Mats Terwiesch

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An Avian-Centered Model for the Dispersal of Ixodes scapularis by Fall Songbird Migrants, Benjamin A. Tonelli

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Explaining Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: Political Settlements in Kenya and Uganda, Shanina van Gent

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Investigating the Relationship between Osmotic Stress and mRNA Degradation Rates in Borrelia burgdorferi, the Causative Agent of Lyme Disease, Amelia R. Wilhelm

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Synthesis of Mannose Building Blocks for Preparation of O-Mannosylated Glycans, Ke Zhao

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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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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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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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