The Carleton collection of Comps, Honors Papers, and Prize-Winning Works is a collaboration between academic departments and the library. Students self-submit their work with the guidance of their departments and programs. Descriptive information about each comps, honors paper, or prize-winning project is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of projects is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about the collection, including how to submit and how to request access to the full text of works.

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Graduated in 2020

Daniel Alexander, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Optimizing CAR T Cell Signaling Domains to Modify Metabolism and Increase Efficacy Against Neuroblastoma

Evan Allgood, English (ENGL) 2020, This Body, Unbound

Iris Arbogast, Economics (ECON) 2020, A “Slippery Slope” to Higher Labor Supply Inequality in Mexico, Indonesia, and Brazil

Alleana Austin, English (ENGL) 2020, Freedom, Sexuality, and Rebellion in the Coquette and “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?” And Pretended Purity and Mixed Heritage in A Man of the People and “The True Born Englishman”

Nof Babajide, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Incidence of Autism in Response to Changes in Brain Asymmetry

Nicholas Baer, Biology (BIOL) 2020, The Role of Ion Channels in ATP-Induced Microglial Chemotaxis

Marshall Basson, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Physics of a Classic Rock Album

Noam Benkler, Economics (ECON) 2020, Do Biometric Smartcards Help the Neediest Most?

Henry Bensen, Economics (ECON) 2020, Is the Democrat versus Republican Macroeconomic Performance Gap Explainable?

Halle Beshouri, History (HIST) 2020, Constructing Communism: Khrushchev's Housing Program and a New Communist Contract

Grace Betz, Physics (PHYS) 2020, The Physics of Spacecraft: The Ascension

Eric Biddulph-West, Physics (PHYS) 2020, A Hypothetical Concentrating Solar Dish Engine for Energy Autonomous Communities

Liam Bidwell, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2020, Green and Red: Losing Meat and Keeping Men

Adam Bigelow, Economics (ECON) 2020, Non-Western Technology Intensity of Use and Long Run Productivity Gains

Stan Birdsong, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Effects of Habenular Nuclei Asymmetry on Behavior

Madeline Birnbaum, English (ENGL) 2020, “The Most Unexpected of Interpretations”: Expanding Narrative Possibilities of the Northern Irish Troubles in Anna Burns’ Milkman

Caroline Boroughs, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Initiation of Parturition in Humans

Am Bovornvirakit, Biology (BIOL) 2020, The Cascading Effects of Intraguild Predation and Refugia on Animal Behavior

Ruthie Boyd, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2020, Imagining a Sense of Place in the Mist of Old and New: The Role of Timeless Nostalgia in Monte Verde's Changing Landscape

Jacob Bransky, Geology (GEOL) 2020, An Inventory and Baseline Study of Alpine Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems at Buffalo Pass in Routt National Forest, Colorado

Julia Braulick, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Why Plants Become Invasive: Enemy Release, Resource Availability, and Herbivore Preferences

Max Bremer, Paul Butterfield, and Nathaniel Macarthur-Warner, Computer Science (CS) 2020, Code Retrieval and Summarization

Anders Bruihler, Ari Conati, Sebastian Kimberk, and David White, Computer Science (CS) 2020, LosCat: A Tool for Source Code Monitoring

Kanin Bunajinda, Economics (ECON) 2020, Consumption Smoothing in Russia: An Achievement of Mutual Insurance, or a Byproduct of Savings and Loans

Seth Calvin, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Ebb and Flow

Joey Caradimitropoulo, Economics (ECON) 2020, Toward a World of Cost Efficiency: The Effects of Artificial Intelligence on Human Labor Demand

Alex Cardenas, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Mood Induction Procedures: Extreme Variability and Recommendations

Michael Carlsen, Economics (ECON) 2020, Whether Weather Affects Growth: A Panel Analysis of Quarterly Weather Anomalies and U.S. GDP

Ana Carretero, Economics (ECON) 2020, The Most Livable City in America: Investigating the Value of Green Open Space in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Joey Castaneda, Geology (GEOL) 2020, What Percent of Can, Won’t? A Look Into the Function of a Saturated Buffer in Southwest Minnesota, Its Hydraulic Properties, and Implications for Midwestern Farmers

Christian Cavan, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Reduced Age and Premature Juvenile Salmon Migration Impacts a Decrease in Adult Size

Tyler A. Chang, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2020, Emergence of Hierarchical Syntax in Neural Machine Translation

Tyler A. Chang, Mathematics (MATH) 2020, Topology of Second Order Tensor Fields

Katie Chavez, Bryan Kim, Jay Na, Aaron Prentice, Jin Ruan, and J. Liralyn Smith, Statistics (MAST) 2020, Respondent Driven Sampling

Celeste Chen, Biology (BIOL) 2020, The Role of β-NGF in Induced Ovulation in Camelids

Sam Chen, Marietta Geist, Alex Kiral, and Brody Lynch, Mathematics (MATH) 2020, Fermat's Last Theorem: Kummer's Special Case

Ben Chesler, Economics (ECON) 2020, Industrial Revolutions: Fourth Verse Same as the First? A Brave New World of Unknowns

Cecily Choy, Biology (BIOL) 2020, The Role of Autoimmunity in Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: A Proposed Mechanism of Attack

Darryl Colcol, Biology (BIOL) 2020, KV1.3: An Ionic Driving Force for Neural Degradation

Joey Cook-Gallardo, Japanese (JAPN) 2020, The Hikikomori Phenomenon: A Road to Peace and Destruction

Vicente Cortes, Economics (ECON) 2020, The Return of the Luddites: Labor Market Implications of Projected Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Bea Crow, Studio Art (ARTS) 2020, Studio Comps

Ingrid Dai, Economics (ECON) 2020, Eliminating Homelessness: An Evaluation of the Minneapolis 2040 Plan

Quincy D'Alessio, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Sugar High: An Analysis of Excessive Sugar Intake in an Addiction Framework

Kathleen Danielson, English (ENGL) 2020, At This Time a Queen Shall Be Burned

Avery Davis, Studio Art (ARTS) 2020, Trans Utopias

Thais Del Rosario Hernandez, Biology (BIOL) 2020, The Role of Asymmetry in Epithalamic Structures on Psychiatric Disorders

Sergio R. Demara, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Altar for a Future Love

Naseem Dillman, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, When the Nature of 'Nature' Is Inconsistent: Evaluating the Natural Environment in Attention Restoration Theory

Kyle Duplessis, Chemistry (CHEM) 2020, Effects of Quantum Tunneling on Low Temperature Reactivity in Astrochemical Contexts

Hannah Eglinton, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Regulating Antigen Stimulation to Improve Memory Formation and Mitigate Exhaustion in CAR T Cells

Jithran Ekanayake, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Preliminary Model for a Biomimetic Space Radiation Shield

Estee Emlen, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Helminth Parasites and Allergens Initiate Type 2 Immune Responses by Inducing IL-25 and IL-33 Signaling to Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells

Madeleine Emmons, Isabel Olson, Sahil Chhugani, Justin Washington, and Liam Sullivan, Computer Science (CS) 2020, The Key Comps 2020

Maria Fairchild, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Redox or Detox? The Role of the Ladderane Lipid Membrane in Anammox Metabolism

Julia Felderman, Geology (GEOL) 2020, A Search for Impact Glass in the Sirius Formation, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica

Emma Ferrer, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Mechanisms for Modulating Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) after Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy

Lydia Field, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Identifying Threat: A Quantitative Study of the Influence of Identity on National Security Threat Perception in American Public Opinion

River Fiocco, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Measurement of the Gender Minority Stress Model in Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Jonah Fisher, Political Science (POSC) 2020, To Be Taken Seriously, but Not Literally: An Analysis of Memes as a Unique Form of Political Humor and Expression on Social Media

Jonah Fisher, Narun Raman, Nathaniel Sauerberg, and Addison Partida-Vasquez, Computer Science (CS) 2020, Revisionist History: Predicting Wikipedia Article Quality With Edit Histories

Jen Fonder, Political Science (POSC) 2020, The Tribal Sovereignty Doctrine and the State of Indigeneity in the United States

Rachel Freeman-Cook, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2020, "I just go cry in the car if I have's just one of those things:" Prison Doulas, Emotional Labor, and the Personal Costs of Care

Alexander Frieden, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Abstract Visual Pre-Cue Improves Reaction Time to a Syllabic Differentiation Task

Phil Gagnon, Economics (ECON) 2020, Does Airbnb Presence Increase Rental Values? Evidence from Portland, Oregon Neighborhoods

David Galambos, Biology (BIOL) 2020, RNA Transcripts Assemble Nuclear Bodies That Regulate Chromatin Organization and Transcription Machinery

Sharan Ganjam, Economics (ECON) 2020, Minneapolis 2040: An Incomplete Roadmap to Housing Supply and Affordability?

Sharan Ganjam, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Quantum Dots: Bridging Classical Chaos and Quantum Mechanics

Celeste Gaughan, Studio Art (ARTS) 2020, I Want To Show You Something

Emma Gautier, Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 2020, Nowness: ​A Space for the Unfolding of Queer Politics

Marietta Geist, Studio Art (ARTS) 2020, A Ring

Malik Gibson, Economics (ECON) 2020, First Among “Equals:” An Analysis of Gendered Differential Human Capital Investments by Parents in India

Emma Goidel, Philosophy (PHIL) 2020, Reconstituting the Relational-Self: The Multitudes of Harms on Victims/Survivors in the Aftermath of Sexual Assault

Seth Greengo, Biology (BIOL) 2020, N-6-Methyladenosine Promotes HIV Replication through Its Interactions with Host YTHDF Proteins

Zane Grinde, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Anoka

Madeline Hagar and Caroline Hall, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2020, Reaching Carbon Neutrality: An Analysis of Higher Education Institutions' Approaches to Mitigating Scope 3 Emissions

Peter Hagstrom, Economics (ECON) 2020, Artificial Intelligence and the Displacement of High-Skilled Labor

Josh Hauser, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Wingbeat Frequency Negatively Correlates with Flexural Stiffness to Mitigate Damage in Birds with Rapid Wingbeats

Erica Helgerud, English (ENGL) 2020, Creating Community: Synthesizing the Black Experience of America Through Literature AND Pieces of Skin or Palm Tree Heartbeats: Immigrants and Sex in The Lonely Londoners and “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?”

Abby Hirshman, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Using Drug Treatments for Opiate Use Disorder to Treat Binge Eating Disorder

Abby H. Hirshman, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Using Drug Treatments for Opiate Use Disorder to Treat Binge Eating Disorder

Augustus Holley, Asian Studies (ASST) 2020, Nányīn as “Living Fossil:” Uses of the Past in Nányīn Discourse

Oskar Houck, Economics (ECON) 2020, The Effect of Light Rail Network Expansion on Single-Family Homes in St. Paul, MN

Adam Hruby, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Is This Canon? Both Replicative and Oncogene-Induced Cellular Senescence Activate the Canonical NF-κB Pathway, but Only Oncogene-Induced Senescence Activates the Noncanonical NF-κB Pathway

Tyler Hruby, History (HIST) 2020, Global yet Local: Karatani Kōjin’s The Structure of World History as a Response to Japanese Socialist History

Tyler Hruby, Philosophy (PHIL) 2020, Mediating the Procreation Asymmetry Through the Distinction Between Existent and Potential People

Berit Hudson-Rasmussen, Geology (GEOL) 2020, Evaluating Two Critical Zone Hypotheses Using Active Source Seismic Refraction in Antelope Valley, California

Natalie Hummel, Geology (GEOL) 2020, Statistical Analysis of Small Structures in Rotated Crustal Blocks Near the Husavik-Flatey Fault, Northern Iceland

Emily (Pilot) Irwin, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Play Among the Stars

Ann Isaacs, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Gamma Ray Bursts: Phenomenology and Origins

Jacob Isaacs, English (ENGL) 2020, The Kings of Nowhere: Challenging Place and Identity Boundaries in NW and There There

Christopher Jabbarpour, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Destabilization of Fish Schooling Behavior Due to a Changing Climate

Abby Jackson, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Allogeneic DAP12-based CAR NK Cells as an Anti-HIV Immunotherapy to Target the Latent Viral Reservoir

Zane Johann, Economics (ECON) 2020, Health, Subjective Well-Being, and Development: An Analysis of the Effect of Development Level on How Health Impacts Life Satisfaction

Daniel Johnson, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Engineering Safety Switches to Manage the Toxicities of CAR T Cell Therapy

Todd Johnson, Adam Kral, Aaron Li, and Justin Soll, Mathematics (MATH) 2020, Pathologies of the Axiom of Choice

Graham Kaegi, Art History (ARTH) 2020, Sustainable Critical Regionalism: Rick Joy and Ethical Architecture

Katerina Katakalides, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2020, Navigating Global Beauty Standards: Natural Hair and National Representation

Kamran Kelly, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Driving Out Autoimmunity: Generating a CAR T Regulatory Cell Against Multiple Sclerosis

Hannah Kennicott, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Confirming Diurnal Oscillations and Scrutinizing the Potential Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Microbiome