This Honors Theses collection contains abstracts for all CSB/SJU honors theses, 1992-2015. The full text is included if student authors have given permission for their work to be made publicly available online. Theses completed after the 2014-2015 academic year are included in the new All College Thesis Program collection. Another collection hosted on Vivarium, the CSB/SJU Archives' digital repository, includes 279 full-text theses from 1963-present.

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Submissions from 2015

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Sweet Tea: The British Working Class, Food Controls, and The First World War, Nicholas P. Benson

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Polyurethane research for applications in the field of dentistry: Limiting side reactions in monomer development and synthesizing N-capped polymenthide, Ellen M. (Ellie) Black

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The Differences in Self-Esteem, Family Functioning, Parenting Styles, and Conscientiousness Between Hmong and Caucasian Individuals, Kayla Bolland

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Victorian Representations of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, Grace K. Butkowski

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Factors Influencing the Likelihood of Using Religion as a Coping Mechanism in Response to Life Event Stressors, Nicole R. Cornell

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The Induced Heart Rate Response to Fish Kairomones in Daphnia pulex, Michael J. Culshaw-Maurer

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Breaking News: A Woman is Running, Bridget F. Cummings

Effects of Specific Interneuron Populations on Muscle Contraction Patterns in Drosophila melanogaster During Crawling Behavior, Mary Catherine Decker

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Legislated Equality: Gender Quotas in a Latin American Context and the Story of Mexico, Joe Dingmann

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Happiness and Time Preference: An Empirical Analysis of Individual Happiness and Information on Intertemporal Choice and Delaying Gratification, Daniel Flesher

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The Synthesis of Dendrimer-Bound Catalysts and Their Use in MacMillan-Type Reactions, Autumn R. Flynn

Characterization of CDOM in the Milwaukee River and its Estuary in Lake Michigan, Alexander Frie

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Parallel Preconditioners for Finite Element Computations, Emily Furst

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Emerging Ireland: Antiquarian Writing and the Molding of Irish Catholic Identity in the 18th Century, Patrick Gibbons

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Globalization and the Sex Trafficking Industry: Examination of Effects on Regional Value Chain Operations, Mary R. Gilbertson

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Truth in Sight: The Effect of Physical Cues on Emotion, Daniel R. Green

Evaluation of a Mindfulness Intervention for College Students, Heather Grosso

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Knowledge of dietary iodine and iodine concentration in household iodized salt in rural and urban Jalisco, Mexico, Andrea Guajardo

An Adaptation of Deterministic SIR Models: Mathematically Modeling the Spread of Infectious Diseases, Elizabeth M. Hansen

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U.S. State Social Spending and Economic Growth, Chris Heitzig

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Measuring Biological Cell Damage Due to Ionizing Radiation, Kathryn Jacobson

Attacking the Hydra: Leadership Targeting and the Resilience of al-Shabaab, Philip B. (Phil) Kittock

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Identification, Synthesis and Biological Activity of Galloyl Inhibitors of Human Low Molecular Weight Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Samuel T. Klinker

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Examining the Effect of Religion on Economic Growth: A Partial Replication and Extension, Sophia M. Korman

Stochastic SIR Modeling of Disease Dynamics, Sarah Lange

Becoming “a Northern Light”: Revival and Use of Myth in Modern Scottish Identity, Joseph M. (Joe) Lenczewski

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Supercontinuum Produced by Ultrashort Pulses from Ti:sapphire Laser and Nonlinear Photonic Crystal Fiber, Nicholas E. Maher

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The Influence of Economic Performance in the 2014 Midterms: A Gubernatorial Tutorial, Justin M. Markon

Modeling a Three-Species Predator-Prey Ecosystem, Melania Meyer

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Hardiness: The Key to a Well-Adjusted College Experience, Amanda M. Munsterteiger

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Sex in Japan: It’s a Straight Man’s World, Kaileigh Nicklas

Examining the Factors That Influence an Individual’s Perception of Sexual Orientation Microaggressions, Addison Novak

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Urea Concentration and Hsp70 Expression in the Kidney of Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels during Diuresis and Antidiuresis, Ryan M. O'Gara

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Examining the Transitional Impact of ICD-10 on Healthcare Fraud Detection, Tyler Olson

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A Blend of Genres: The Enchanting Power of the Harry Potter Series, Kayla Pawek

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Investigations into Uncharacterized Radical S-adenosylmethionine Enzymes, Melissa Quintanilla

Construction and Performance Testing of an Electricity Producing Wind Turbine, Kelsey Rollag

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An Aerodynamic Simulation of Disc Flight, Erynn J. Schroeder

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Determination of Inhibitor Specificity for Low Molecular Weight Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Isoforms A and B, Erica K. Sinner

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Side By Side: An Exploration of the Artistic Process and the Painted Surface, Jessie F. Sorvaag

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Who Will Make the Cut? Gender Bias and Contrast Effects in Hiring Behavior, Molly L. Sullivan

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Estimating Earnings Differentials among Military Veterans, Shawn M. Tangen

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Comparison of Bacterial Flora in Fish Mucus and Lake Water, Robert W. Thomas

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Relational Self-Construal Moderates Relationship between Relational Success and Self-Esteem, Katelyn Thoresen

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Why States Seek Membership in Supranational Institutions, Kathrine (Katie) Tillman

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“Teamshipness”: Stories of Love, Loss, and Laughter, Bailey Elizabeth Zallek

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The Determinants of Chinese Household Saving During 1978-2012, Nan Zhi

Submissions from 2014

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Achieving Numerical Reproducibility in the Parallelized Floating Point Dot Product, Alyssa Anderson

Elina Called Li, Heather Beckius

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Occurrence of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Aquatic Environments in Central Minnesota, Megan Bollin

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Measuring Ultrashort Laser Pulses Using Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating in Conjunction with Genetic and Iterative Algorithms, Alexandra M. Brancale

Cracking the Marble Ceiling: The Partisan Gender Gap in Congress, Lauren Currie

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International Involvement in the State Consolidation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hannah Deblauwe

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Civil-Military Relations in Emerging Democracies: A Case Study of Turkey, Melissa DeOrio

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Fatigue Resistibility and Stimulus Strength Using Intraspinal Microstimulation vs. Intramuscular Stimulation in a Rat Model: Case Study, John Dube

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Deutschlands Kulturerbe: Die Widerstandsfähigkeit der deutschen Volkswirtschaft, Austin Joseph Eighan

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Marital Status and Highest-Grade Achieved: Contribution to Alcohol Screening Scores in Male Veterans, Marit P. Fraune

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Together Building Imagination, TBI Re-defined: The Effects of Theater on People with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Marcelline Gangl

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Using The World as a Stage to Benefit Refugees, Rose L. Gangl

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A Lost Opportunity? Trade between the United States and China, 1865-1914, Kathryn Gaydos

Nocturnal Activity and Foraging Patterns of the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in the Saint John Abbey Arboretum, Kyle Gronbeck

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Bifurcation and Non-Convergence in the Hansen-Patrick Root-Finding Method, Preston Hardy

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Crime, Income Inequality, and Density at the Neighborhood Level, Andrew Hovel

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Beyond the Walls: Walled Cities of Medieval France: The Preservation of Heritage and Cultural Memory at Carcassonne, Aigues-Mortes, and La Rochelle, Emily Huber

A Leap toward the Poles: An Analysis of Political Polarization and its Influence on Political Parties, Adam Ironside

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The Mind Grows Heated: A Composition for Wind Ensemble, Michelle Isaac

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Modeling Tolerance in Dynamic Social Networks, Amanda Luby

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Examining the Rise of Right Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe, John (Jack) Malone

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The Constitutive Nature of Non-Profit Advertising and Its Effect on Agency: An Analysis of the Campaigns of Childfund International and (RED), Camry Martinez

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Media Manipulation or Economic Decline? Explaining the Rise of Nationalism within Bosnia Herzegovina, Rachel Mullin

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Structural Change in the Demand for Housing Services and Policy Implications, Nhu Nguyen

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The Jury Process: Racial Bias, Extraversion, Leadership, & Sex, Amanda Nusbaum

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The Interaction Effects of Aspects of the Self on Mental Health in College Students, Elizabeth E. Peichel

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Republicans in the Wild: Issue Realignment in the Republican Party on Public Land Policy, Stephanie Pinkalla

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Are We More Racist Than We Think? Recognition of Racism and Racial Microaggressions, Lydia Ricard

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Using SPE and HPLC-MS to Quantify and Identify Pharmaceutical Compounds in St. John's University Wastewater, Melissa E. Stuckey

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Using Arduino to Design a Myoelectric Prosthetic, Kathleen Talbot

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Colored Independence of Cycle Graphs and Finite Grids, Michael Terhaar

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Virtually Dead: The Extension of Social Agency to Corpses and the Dead on Facebook, Adam Tucker

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Birds of a Feather: The Effect of Negatively and Positively Valenced Similarities on Compliance, Hayley Van Gelder

To Offer Salvation and Eternal Life Equally to All”: The New Purgatory in the Poetry of John Milton, Kevin Windhauser

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Moral Imagination and Entrepreneurship, Ryan Wojciechowski

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Get In or Get Out: The Impact of Financial Liberalization on China's Economic Growth, Licheng Yin

Submissions from 2013

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Sheba: Pecola's Daughter, Brittany Basden

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Examination of the Impact of Living Arrangements and Marital Status on Depression among Older Adult Male Veterans, Nicole M. Behne

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Heterosexual Romantic Relationships and Mate Preference in College Students from the U.S. and China: Cross-Cultural and Gender Difference in Beliefs and Attitudes, Feiran Chen

Nuclear non-use since 1945, Patrick DeSutter

Reasons behind the U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan – Realist and Domestic Politics Approaches, Rongfei Gou

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Don't Toss that Novel! How to Read Benjy’s Bright Shapes in The Sound and the Fury and Rhoda's Watery Words in The Waves, Eleanor Gray

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Blind Date, Joey Hamburger

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Modeling a non-uniform memory access architecture for optimizing conjugate gradient performance with sparse matrices, Jacob Hemstad

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Music and Aspects of Identity in People with Alzheimer's Disease, Rachel L. Heying

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Understanding the Vocation of Health Professionals, Laura Hey and Kate Nowakowski

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The Performance of Data Segmentation of the Conjugate Gradient on a Non-Uniform Memory Access Parallel System, Brandon Hildreth

The Alexander Technique and Playing the Flute, Joseph Hillesheim

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A Fuzzy Logic Approach to Collision Avoidance in Smart UAVs, Michelle Hromatka

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Differential Modeling and Efficiency Testing of the Saint John’s University Cogeneration Power Plant, Richard J. Kirchner

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Matter over Mind: Comparing Emotion Regulation Techniques with Ego Depletion, Kelsey Koch

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Shaking the Military Pillar of Regime Support: A Closer Look at the Factors Influencing Military Defections during the Revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Syria during the Arab Spring Movement, Sarah Kruger

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Nim on Groups, Marie Meyer