Theses are the culmination of honor students independent research under the guidance of faculty members and are representative of Union College's commitment to giving students the tools necessary for life-long learning.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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La economía de la violencia: la Ciudad Juárez y el mercado libre de la muerte, Kritika Amanjee

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Evaluating Advertisement Efficiency for Making the Best Advertising Strategy, Chonosuke Asano

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Environmentally Friendly Sneakerboot Shanks and Their Effect on Aerobic Performance and Human Walking Gait, Adam Ashcroft

Determining Binary Intentions Using a Steady State Visual Evoked Potential Based BCI: A Comparison of Centered and off Centered Stimulus Presentation, Momna Aslam

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Role of Diagnostic Monitoring Software Versus Fault-Tolerant Components in the Development of Spacecraft Avionics Systems, Andrew Attorri

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American Journeys: Quest, Displacement, Escape, Gianluca Avanzato

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Development of a Fully Instrumented, Resonant Tensegrity Strut, Kentaro Barhydt

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Sports Injury and Recovery Analyzed Using Blum's Model of Health Determinants, Daniella Batarseh

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The Codependent Development of Patriotism and Xenophobia in the United States, Particularly in Regard to Arabs and Muslims in America Following September 11, 2001, Zachary Baum

Digitally Disturbed, Ari Bennett

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The Federal Art Project: Intentions, Goals, and Legacy, Meghan Bentley

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Optimizing Tensegrity Gaits Using Bayesian Optimization, James Boggs

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The Sociology of Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Using a Three Themed Model, Darcy Bowman

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Exploring Occupational Therapists' Approach to Treating Children with Autism in the School Setting, Melissa Brauner

"I, Claudius" and the Accuracy of its Portrayals of Historical Figures, Emilee Buytkins

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Les Migrants Étrangers du Passé et d’Aujourd’hui: s’Intégrer en « Pays d’Asile », Cassandra Call

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Denying Refuge, Creating an Industry: Migrant Smuggling and the Human Cost of the Turkey-European Union Asylum Framework, Olivia Campochiaro

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Ellas, no nosotras: representaciones de la violencia doméstica en México, Olivia Campochiaro

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“Botany Bay”: The State of Society at Union College during the Early Nineteenth Century, Andrew Cassarino

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The Importance of State Intervention in Improving Gender Inequality in China, Jenny Cheng

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The Effect of ACA Medicaid Expansion on People’s Retirement Decision, William Christopher

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Secular Sells: How Secular Lifestyle Influences Religiosity, Elyse Clark

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Designing a Wireless PCB Tensegrity Strut, Mitchell Clifford

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Banking Efficiency within the World’s Largest Banks: Application of Data Envelopment Analysis to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Devin Coffey

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Union College's UAIR Network: A Study of the Patterns, Trends, and Sources of Particulate Matter Across Campus, Sarah Connolly

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Implementing Aerogels into Windows to Reduce Heat Transfer and Decrease Emissions, Kian Cook

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The Effects of STEM Education on Economic Growth, Mallory Croak

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Rural, Urban, and Suburban School Communities and Their Impact on School Psychologists, Claire Crosier

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A Meta-Analysis: A Functional Neuroanatomical Comparison of Self-Esteem-related and Postpartum Depression-related Processing, Meghana Damaraju

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An Economic Analysis of the Rise in Franchise Values in the Four Major North American Sports Leagues from 2008-2016, Anthony Alan DeSantis

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Optimization of Superhydrophobic Surface Production Using Ambient-Dried Silica-Based Aerogels, Elizabeth Donlon

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Assessing Glucocorticoid Receptor Polymorphisms in Obese Populations, Ayanah Dowdye

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Water Holding Capacity in Sphagnum: Micro CT Scanning Reveals Differences in Pore Structure, Christina Dykas

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La violence sexuelle faite aux femmes musulmanes dans les banlieues : Le rôle des idéologies fondamentalistes d’Islam, de la stigmatisation de l’homme musulman et du féminisme blanc, Elsa Farooq

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Diesel Particulate Generation, Matthew Ferdenzi

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A Woman's Gaze, Emily Fiore

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Multicomponent Working Fluids in Organic Rankine Cycle Evaporators, Jennifer Fromm

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L'Éducation comme activisme: Comment des associations françaises LGBT actuelles utilisent des interventions en milieu scolaire pour sensibiliser des élèves aux identités LGBT, William Garner

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2018 IEEE Signal Processing Cup: Forensic Camera Model Identification Challenge, Michael Geiger

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Fear of Change Mediates Anxiously Attached Individuals’ Commitment to Unsatisfying Relationships., Tiffany George

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Los Efectos del Machismo en El Desarrollo de Los Trastornos de Salud Mental de Las Mujeres en México, Tiffany George

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Exploring Stable Isotope Analysis for the Identification of Prior Tick Hosts, Kiprian Gernat

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High Performance Thermal Insulation: Silica Aerogels in Construction Technology, Matthew Giarrusso

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Biological soil crusts in a northeastern pine barren: Composition and ecological effects, Jessica Gilbert

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Applications of Latent Heat Storage using Phase Change Materials, Daniel Giroux

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Steel Sculpture: A Study of Monumentality, Abigail Golodik

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Marriage, Religion, and Women's Happiness, Aaron Gordon

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The Criminalization of Education: Combating the School-To-Prison Pipeline through Disciplinary Policy and Social Change, Lindsay Hemminger

Investigating the causes of organic and inorganic pollution in high Andean lakes (Junín region, Peru) through nitrogen isotope and metals analysis of sediment cores, Jordan Herbert

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Magma Mixing: Magmatic Enclaves in Morne Micotrin, Dominica, Sarah Hickernell

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Bread and Repression, Too: The Battle for Labor’s Memory and the Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912, Andrew Hubbard

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Is Microfinance the Best Tool for Empowerment? Analysis of Efficiency of Developing Economies’s Microfinance Institutions in Empowering Women Using Data Envelopment Analysis Meta Frontier Technology, Beryl Isiji

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Galois Theory and the Quintic Equation, Yunye Jiang

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Film Stills, Kevin Jordan

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Extraordinary Episodes of Ancient Money, Francis Louis Kailey

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An Examination of School Shootings and Mental Health: A Comparative Case Study, Emily Kaufman

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Impact of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms on HPA Axis Functionality in Depression, Claire Kelly

Goldfish in the Study of Color Vision and Perception of Color in Nature, Valerie Rose Kessler

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Dropout or Delinquent: An Ecological Analysis of High School Attrition Rates in Correlation to Criminal Behavior, Mallory Kiley

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Smooth muscle development and cell proliferation patterns contribute to the development of the spiral valve intestine of Leucoraja ericacea, Alyssa Klein

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FSH Responsiveness by a Murine Preosteoclastic Cell line, Annie Leamon and Brian Cohen

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Protein Characterization and Mutant Studies of Schizophyllum commune Metacaspases 1-5Δpro, Lakhena Leang

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Milestones, Naomi Letourneau

Reentry Programs for the Formerly Incarcerated: the Framing of Criminality and the Performance of Transformation in Stigma Management, Brenda Lin

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Evaluation of Previous Sexuality Education Experiences Influence on Preparedness for Young Adulthood, Carly Linn

What It Means To Be Healthy: Adverse Childhood Events and Their Influence on Neuroanatomy and Behavior, Eric Lovett Jr.

Decompression and Heating Induced Amphibole Breakdown in Lava Domes on Dominica, Lesser Antilles, Abadie Ludlam

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Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone Receptor Lipid Raft Residency is Hormone and Caveolin Dependent, Hannah Madden

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Constructing Illness: How Society Effects Physical and Mental Illness, Madeline Marks

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Design of a Robotic Cownose Ray, Mark Marzotto

Photolysis and Cellular Toxicity of the Organic Ultraviolet Filter Chemical Octyl Dimethyl Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (OD-PABA) and its Photoproducts, Jessica N. Maung

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The Northern Civil Rights Movement: How The Brothers Fought Housing, Employment, and Education Discrimination and Police Brutality in Albany, NY, Paige McInnis

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Between Them: Data visualization for expectations in film relationships, the suffocation model in film, Rachel McNeil

The Struggle for Peace: Origins of the Cold War, Joshua Meger

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Cognitive and Emotional Correlates of Improved Gait Distance During the Course of Physical Therapy Treatment for an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, Danielle Miller

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The North Pond, Matthew Mintz

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La reina de los carteles: Los beneficios y los peligros, Emily Monac

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Nutrition and its Relation to Cognition: Proportional Macronutrient Consumption and Cognitive Function among Older Adults, Kathleen Monahan

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Impact of Adding Waste Materials to Pervious Concrete Performance Under Freeze-Thaw Conditions, Anouk Nouet

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: Title IX and the Fight for Gender Equity in Athletics in the Twentieth Century, Gillian O'Dowd

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Analysis of the properties of supercapacitors and possible applications for the technology, Vincent Oliveto

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Synthesis and Characterization of Organically Modified Hectorites for Sequestration of PFAAs from Contaminated Drinking Water, Alexandra Pagano

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International Environmental Policy Agreements and their Effects on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases and Sustainable Growth, Elisabeth Palmieri

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Cultural Tourism in East Africa: Assessing the Impacts on the Maasai and Hadza Indigenous Groups, Emma R. Parece

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Determining the Effects of Hospital Consolidation: An Examination of the Impact of Hospital M&A on Financial and Quality Metrics, Hailey Perry

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“As an American, may I have the privilege of pulling the switch?” : The Fate of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg During the Second Red Scare in Cold War America, Morgan Peters

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Forgotten Women: The Involuntary Sterilization of American Indian Women during the Twentieth Century, Morgan Peters

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Iterated Local Search Algorithms for Bike Route Generation, Aidan Pieper

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Portable Solar Energy Power System For Natural Disaster Relief, Kevin Pollio

Interwoven: A Historical Fiction, Hope Relly-Cobb

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A Better Way to Construct Tensegrities: Planar Embeddings Inform Tensegrity Assembly, Elizabeth Anne Ricci

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The New York City Watershed: Improving Relations Using Environmental Policy, Colby Richardson

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Identifying Backward-Looking Neurons in the Aeshnid Dragonfly, Caroline Roberto

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The Effect of Thinspiration versus Fitspiration on Body Image, Meagan Russell

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Jasmine Burning: Emulating the "King" of Horror, Jenna Salisbury

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Free Speech and Political Correctness: Controversies Explored on College Campuses, Maxwell Sandberg

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Can an invasive species burn soil carbon? Black locust invasion and soil carbon in the Albany Pine Bush, Jacqueline Sharry

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The Exploration of Neuronal Responses to Auditory Stimuli in the Dragonflies, Anax junius and Aeshna Constricta, Brian Shaw

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The Duality of Freedom: The Colony of Rhode Island’s Slave Trade Complex, Thomas Shields

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The Eternal Rehearsal: Judith Butler's Gender Performativity in Wilkie Collins, Sarah Waters, and Tana French, Jillian Slezek