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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The Emancipating Potential of Linguistic Justice: Standardized Language and Writing Practices in Higher Education and the Reproduction of Oppressive Structures, Eliana Al-Konsul

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Stability Analysis of Manganese-Oxides As Cathodes for Sodium Ion Batteries, Loren Andrews

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Compositional Influence of Local and Long-Range Polarity in the Frustrated Pyrochlore System Bi2−xRExTi2O7 (RE = Y3+, Ho3+), Owen Bailey

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“Nobody’s More Country”: Identity in Country-Rap Crossover Music, Amanda Mai T. Becker

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Understanding the Historical Roots and Implications of Today’s Housing Policy: Contradictions and Possible Neighborhood Trajectories in Lewiston, Maine’s Growing Our Tree Streets Choice Transformation Plan, Eleanor Beckerman

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One Blue Bowl: A Graphic History of the Silk Roads, Maya Benziger

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

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Road Salt Retention and Its Impacts on the Water Quality of the Impaired Hart Brook Watershed (Lewiston, Maine), Chen Chen

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Reconstructing early Holocene warmth in outer Isfjorden, Svalbard using stable isotope analysis on the ocean quahog, Arctica islandica, Emma Isabelle Christman

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Metaphor, Gendered Slurs, and Epistemic Injustice, Sophie Cohen

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Critical Thermal Maxima and Plasticity in Metabolic Rates: A Comparison of Two Ant Species, Etti Olivia Cooper

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Suite: for Woodwind Quintet, Haik Oliver Der Manuelian

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Learning to Fly on the Way Down: Directing and Teaching Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn, Olivia Davidson Dimond

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Preclinical Drug Development of a Novel Antiviral Target in Rotavirus, Emily-Claire Kathleen Duffy

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The Role of Phosphoinositide Metabolism in the Regulation of Neuronal Activity, Abhirami Elayidom

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Dancing on the Precipice: How People Reason about Threshold Problems in a Socially-Rich Real World Context, Xavier Fallone

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Quantifying Crevassing, Damage, and Deformation on the Vaughan Lewis Icefall, Alaska, Cecilia G. Gichner

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The ‘Forever Migrant:’ An Intersectional Analysis of L/A Workplace Discrimination on the Basis of Race, African Accent, and English Language Proficiency, Ronan Rhea Goulden

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A Place Beyond all Hope, Thomas A. Hiscock

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Flatness, Distortion, Nonsense, and the Ordinary in the Novels of Bolaño, O'Brien, and Bernhard, Elizabeth Claire Kissane

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The Shul in the Factory: The Role of Community in Jewish American Women’s Activism in Early Twentieth Century New York City’s Garment Industry, Ashley T. Koman

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Emotion in the Neutral Court: Attorney Appeals to Emotion in Jury Trial Argumentation, Elise Marie Lambert

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Shanshui Reinterpreted: The Contemporary Art of Xu Bing, Yao Lu, and Yang Yongliang, Anna Landgren

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Evaluating the Role of Race in Foreign Policymaking: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Latin America during Kennedy's Alliance for Progress, Sophie Mackin

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An Examination of Proactive Interference and Negative Priming in Individuals wIth and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, Arya Mohanty

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Spatial Elevation Dynamics and Carbon Sequestration Variability Within Sprague Marsh, Phippsburg, Maine, Margaret R. O'Brien

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Magnetic Trapping of Rubidium en Route to Bose-Einstein Condensate Formation Using an Atom Chip Based Trap, Stevens L. Shea

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Humans vs. COVID-19: Data-driven Modeling of Disease Spread on College Campuses, Ognyan Simeonov

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A History of Contested and Constructed Boundaries: Tracing the Torture Discourse from Northern Ireland's 'State of Exception' in the 1970s to the Global 'War on Terror', Bridget McBride Thompson

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A comparison of carbon sequestration and vegetation history in two Maine salt marshes, Emily Lillian Torkelsen

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Hitting Refresh: Regulating internet speech in the 21st century, Jack Charles Valentino

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The Political Theory of Digital Sex Work, Christina Wang

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AI in Proteomics: A Comparison Between Crystallographic and in silico Methods of Protein Modeling, Alex D. Weissman

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“Dear You”: Witnessing Trauma in the World of The Handmaid’s Tale, Caroline Wood

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Populist Through and Through: Consistency, Variations, and Framing Anchors of Populist Parties’ Environmental Agendas, Hermione Zhou

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 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