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 2021

Maris Daleo, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Victims of Humanity

Lily Danna, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2021, Dopamine and Motivation in Schools: Implementing Teaching Methods that Increase Dopamine Release and Motivation in Grades 6-12

Evan Michael David, Ian Klein, Benjamin Colby Richardson, and Sameer Swarup, Mathematics (MATH) 2021, Northcott’s Theorem: An Adventure in Preperiodic Points of Rational Functions

Nina Denne, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Key Epigenetic & Transcriptional Factors Regulating T Cell Exhaustion Indicate Exhausted CD8+ T cells Cluster Into 4 Distinct Subsets

Claire Dettelbach, Art History (ARTH) 2021, Ecstatic Exhaustion: Ignatian Spirituality and Orazio Gentileschi's Paintings of Saint Francis in Ecstasy

Brittany Dominguez, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, From the Classroom to the Kitchen: COVID-19, Social and Cultural Capital, and Schooling

Danielle Dudley, Biology (BIOL) 2021, SARS-CoV-2 Induced Cytokine Storm Inhibits mTOR Function in CD8+ T cells

Eliana Durnbaugh, Dance (DANC) 2021, Gathering Place

Eliana Durnbaugh, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Mood – Modifying Microbes: Bacterial Production of Anti-Inflammatory Tryptophan Indoles Link Probiotic Use and Reduced Depression

Kate Engel, Biology (BIOL) 2021, A Mechanistic Approach to PD-1 Metabolic Restriction of CD8 T Cell Fate and Function

Andrew Fitch, Bat-Orgil Batjargal, Daniel Kleber, and Alvin Bierley, Computer Science (CS) 2021, Evolvers of Catan

Tyrell Floyd, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Penjamonial

Aaron L. Forman, History (HIST) 2021, Far Apart but Never Closer: Diasporic Unity in Twelfth-Century Jewish Travel Literature

Elizabeth Franchot, Economics (ECON) 2021, Age and Negative Framing: Pitting Influences of Altruism Against Each Other

Elizabeth Franchot, Psychology (PSYC) 2021, Influence of Dark Personalities on Interpersonal Relationships: A Systematic Review

Kyle Fraser-Mines, Physics (PHYS) 2021, The Causes and Effects of the Carrington Event

Beatriz Furtado, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Studio Art Comps Project

Ricardo Garcia, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, Información y Desinformación: The Latine Understanding of Charter Schools in Southern Texas

Victor Garcia, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2021, Agua de Limón

Ben George, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Genomic and Epigenetic Variance in HPV16 Affect Viral Carcinogenicity and Cervical Cancer Outcomes

Anli Gerbino, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, Kimchi and Calamari or Tofu and Pizza?: A Content Analysis of the Asian American Adoptee Experience in Children’s Books

Will Gleason, French and Francophone Studies (FREN) 2021, Tirailleur Sénégalais, Chasseur Mandingue: la Mémoire Postcoloniale et l'Épopée de Malamine Camara

Conor Gormally, Economics (ECON) 2021, Does Framing Impact the Power of Social Information on Charitable Giving?

Annaliese Gould, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2021, Depictions and Narratives of Religious Women in Post-Revolution Iranian Propaganda

Emma Greenlee, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Invasive Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Alter Biogeochemical Cycling in Native Ecosystems

Sarah Grier, Economics (ECON) 2021, Valuing Maternal Health in the Economic Analysis of Maternity Leave

Charles R. Grogan-Kaylor, Mathematics (MATH) 2021, Tensors, differential forms, and computer graphics

Anna Grove, Linguistics (LING) 2021, Pedagogical Methods of Indigenous Language Revitalization and Second Language Acquisition in Dakotah

Claire Guang, Psychology (PSYC) 2021, What Is It about the Sound of Music?: Experimental Variability in Music and Cognition Research

Glenn Peter Gullickson IV, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Cephalopod Crypsis: The Production of Camouflage Patterns in Response to Photoreception in the Eyes and Skin

Cindy Guo, Economics (ECON) 2021, The Economic Case for Paid Family Leave: A Policy Paper with a Focus on Child Outcomes

Justin Hahn, Silas Monahan, Erik Carlson, and Owen Szafran, Computer Science (CS) 2021, Carleton Energy Database and Analytics

Nia Harris, Economics (ECON) 2021, The Impact of Changes in the Federal Funds Rate on Stock Returns: Portfolios Sorted by Size and Book-to-Market Equity Ratio

Karah Haug, Andrew Farias, and Jack Schill, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2021, Cows, Colleges, and COVID: A Single Case Study into Northfield’s Climate Action Plan Implementation During the 2020 Pandemic

Cedar Heffelfinger, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Mending

Tessa Heggie, Linguistics (LING) 2021, So (‘What’): A Review of Two WH-scope Marking Analyses as Applied to Vlach Romani and Hungarian

Isabella Hembre Conditt, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, “What Am I Really?”: Narratives of Race, Self, and Authenticity in Genetic Ancestry Test Unboxing YouTube Videos by Black/African American and White American Creators

Sarah Hussain, Economics (ECON) 2021, The Intersection of Gender Norms and Intra-Household Bargaining Power: Evidence from Garment Workers in Bangladesh

Mash Ibtesum, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Irradiance

Waleed Iftikhar, Economics (ECON) 2021, Democracies and Dictatorships: Variance in the Impact of IMF Adjustment Programs across Different Regime Types

Emma Ismail, Linguistics (LING) 2021, A Minimalist Approach to Causative Structures in Dakota

Alec Jacobson, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Spike Mutations in B.1.1.7 and Other SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern Modify Viral Pathogenicity and Interfere with Antibody Neutralization

Erin Jenson, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Tracking Transmission of Measles Virus by Sequencing Various Regions of the Genome

Brennan Johnson, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Dreaming, Dying

Jack Johnson, Economics (ECON) 2021, Shrinking the Tax Gap: Combining Research on Tax Evasion and Lying Aversion

Marko Jurkovich, Economics (ECON) 2021, The Effect of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment on Immigrant Income in Spain

Marcella Jurotich, German (GERM) 2021, Unrealized Dreams: The Impossibility of Traversing Boundaries in "Die größere Hoffnung"

Helen Keithahn, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Tolerating Viruses Right Off the Bat: The Unique Innate Immune Response in Bats

Allison Kim, Cole DiIanni, Katharine Münger, Maya Murphy, and Nathaniel Reid, Computer Science (CS) 2021, Keystroke Dynamics for Usable Passwords

Eugenia Korobova and Matthew Zacharski, Statistics (MAST) 2021, A Network Analysis of Twitter Discourse About the Death of George Floyd

Emma Korosei, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Bean Fish

Emma Korosei, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, Steaks Versus Salads: Gender, Humor, and Culture in a Restaurant Kitchen

Oren Kotz, Geology (GEOL) 2021, Erosion Response to the 2018 Carr Fire in Northern California

Alex Kucich, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, Relating to the River: Fish, Fishers and the Politics of Assemblage in the Cannon River

Zach Kulstad, Biology (BIOL) 2021, PD-1 and Tim-3 Cooperate to Inhibit TCR Signaling in Severely Exhausted CD8+ T Cells

Rie Kurita, Economics (ECON) 2021, Decreasing Tax Evasion: Effective Use of Lying Aversion

Rie Kurita, Catalina Alvarez-Ruiz, Kate Grossman, Ellie Mamantov, and Starr Wang, Computer Science (CS) 2021, Dragon Architect

Margaret Lachman, History (HIST) 2021, Medical Anxieties of the Raj: The British Investigation of Kala-Azar in Colonial India

Olivia Laub, Geology (GEOL) 2021, Reconstructing Devonian Paleotemperature Using the Stable Oxygen Isotope Composition of Bulk Carbonate Rocks

Marcella Lees, History (HIST) 2021, Gerald of Wales and the Invention of Race in the Medieval Celtic Fringe: Gerald’s Irish, Welsh, and Angevin Depictions as They Relate to and Serve His Own Hybridity

Spencer S. Lekki, History (HIST) 2021, Violence and Materiality in the Irish Rising of 1641

Nhan Le, Geology (GEOL) 2021, Using GPlates to Help Refine the Transport History of the Yakutat Block, Alaska

Grace Leslie, Yoshiko Lynch, and Tuomas Sivula, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2021, Climate Migration: Implications of Duluth as a “Climate-Proof City”

Grace Leuchtenberger, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Every Breath (of COVID-19) You Take: Aerosols Driving COVID-19 Superspreader Events

Anna Li, Psychology (PSYC) 2021, On the Development of Implicit Racial Bias: Measurement Variation and Empirical Inconsistencies

Amy Lin, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Porphyromonas gingivalis Induces MyD88- and LPS- Independent Inhibition of PROS1 Anti-Inflammatory Function

Ruofei Li, Mathematics (MATH) 2021, Hilbert Space and the Riesz Representation Theorem

Gracie Little, Kaeden Berg, Tony Ngo, and Chris Kitchen, Computer Science (CS) 2021, Digital Divide in Northfield

ZhaoBin Li, Mathematics (MATH) 2021, Brownian Motion and Its Applications

Emery Louie and Aubrey Rawles, Psychology (PSYC) 2021, Rising to the Occasion: Group Identity and Helping Behavior in a Natural Disaster Context

Jaylin Lowe, Statistics (MAST) 2021, Generalized Additive Models

Ben Lowry, Geology (GEOL) 2021, A Critical Exploration of Introductory Geology Curriculum

Kaela Mali, Biology (BIOL) 2021, ARF We There Yet?: The H. pylori Driven, Subnuclear Translocation of ARF Protein

Ellie Mamantov, Psychology (PSYC) 2021, How Trusting Should We Be of Trust Measurements?

Rebecca Margolis, History (HIST) 2021, Montana’s Indian Education for All Act: Indigenous Survivance in Education Policy

Ishmael Maxwell, Political Science (POSC) 2021, We May Disagree, but We All Love the BJP: Populists' Targeting Strategies on Twitter

Laura McCarron, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Laura McCarron's Studio Art Comps

Rebecca McCartney, American Studies (AMST) 2021, Acting in(to) Utopia: Shifting Power & Resilience to the People

Rebecca McCartney, Music (MUSC) 2021, Better For It: Voicing Loss, For One

Zach McCrary, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Weight

Pierce McDonnell, History (HIST) 2021, Daniel Thomas and the First Tennessee: Seeking National Unity During the Spanish-American War

Pierce Gissler McDonnell and Hiromichi Ueda, Mathematics (MATH) 2021, Topology of Partially Ordered Graph Configuration Spaces

Reese McMillan, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2021, Pending

Cara Meyer, French and Francophone Studies (FREN) 2021, Identity Construction in "Je ne parle pas la langue de mon père" by Leïla Sebbar

Cara Meyer, English (ENGL) 2021, “The terrors of direct experience”: Resolving Trauma in “The Machine Stops” and My Year of Rest and Relaxation; The Role of the Community in Enduring Racial Oppression in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and The Island

Venecia Mitchell, American Studies (AMST) 2021, In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: The Rise of Charter Schools in New Orleans and its Impact on Black Youth

Spencer Moore, Economics (ECON) 2021, “You get what you pay for”: An Experimental Study on Worker Productivity and Pay Structures

Jack L. Moran, Mathematics (MATH), Statistics (MAST) 2021, Introduction to the Simple Branching Process

Alec Morrissey, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2021, Altered Bodies, Shifting Masculinities: Men, Aesthetic Surgery, and the Neoliberal Image

Sasha Mothershead, American Studies (AMST) 2021, Pandemics as Perpetuation, Pandemics as Portal: An Examination of the Complicated Role of State Expansion in Pandemic-Based Movements for Change

Aishee B. Mukherji, Cole Hanson, Jeffrey Boitnott, Eric Odoom, and Yasmeen Awad, Computer Science (CS) 2021, All Our Data Comps: Data Brokerage and Targeted Advertising

Maxime Munyeshyaka, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Uncovering Mechanisms of Oligodendrocytes in Learning and Memory

Andie Nakahira, Studio Art (ARTS) 2021, Crying Over Spilled Kombucha

Lucy Neumann, Biology (BIOL) 2021, The Applicability of the Costly Signaling Hypothesis and the Index Hypothesis as Adaptive Explanations for Honest Quality Signaling in Carotenoid-Based Male Bird Plumage

Rose Newell, Biology (BIOL) 2021, Fungal and Viral Coinfection: The Impact on Viral Shedding in Bats

Lucy Newman, Biology (BIOL) 2021, R-loop Structures Are Implicated in Epigenetic Dysregulation Characteristic of Trinucleotide Repeat Expansions in Non-Coding Genomic Regions

Freja Olsen, Physics (PHYS) 2021, The Tunguska Event

Maggy Osha, Biology (BIOL) 2021, The Role of Repeat RNA in TriNucleotide Repeat Disease Pathology and Treatment

Lauren Pak, Psychology (PSYC) 2021, Active Bystander Intervention in Adolescent Bullying: A Defending Model

Alli Palmbach, Political Science (POSC) 2021, New Political Opinion Leaders: Applying Previously Established News Repertoires to a Liberal Arts College and the American Public