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 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

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