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Graduated in 2020

Luke Webb, English (ENGL) 2020, Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and William Shakespeare’s Henry V as Political Critiques of Unrestrained Self Interest

Luke Webb, English (ENGL) 2020, Transversalism in Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon: Writing to Right Misconceptions

Ryan Wetzel, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Words Left Behind

Lewis White, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Social Media Addiction: Worthy Of Inclusion In The DSM? A Comprehensive Review

Alex Whitis, Biology (BIOL) 2020, Marine Sessile Animals: Adaptations For Feeding And Implications Of Climate Change

Morgan Whyte, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2020, “We can only do our very best”: Physicians’ Perspectives on Social Determinants of Childhood Asthma in the Emergency Department

Kyra Wilson, Linguistics (LING) 2020, A Cross-Linguistic Overview of Allocutivity and its Syntactic Accounts

Timothy Winter-Nelson, Religion (RELG) 2020, (Dis)Respecting Difference: An Examination of Christian Pluralism

Teddy Wolfe, History (HIST) 2020, The Yellow Fever Transition

Siang Wongrattanapiboon, Economics (ECON) 2020, The Relative Importance of Monetary Transmission Channels in Thailand: Evidence from a FAVAR Model

Siang Wongrattanapiboon and Oscar Smith, Mathematics (MATH) 2020, Homological Algebra

Evan Wright, Biology (BIOL) 2020, The Therapeutic Potential of Kv1.3 Inhibition by PAP-1 for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Yihuang Wu, Economics (ECON) 2020, Post-privatization Performance of Chinese State-owned Enterprises

Su Lance Xiong, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Classy or Trashy? “Famous for Being Famous.” Kim Kardashian West and Embodied Celebrity

Kavie Yu and Grisel Vidal Munoz, Psychology (PSYC) 2020, Therapeutic Fasting and Ketogenic Diet for Treating Major Depressive Disorder via the Gut Microbiome

Alex Zhai, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2020, Coarticulatory Influences of Liquid Consonant on Stop Perception in Tamarins (​Saguinus oedipus​)

Alex Zhai, Linguistics (LING) 2020, The Dark /l/ Rises: A Markedness Differential Hypothesis Analysis of the Syllable Position Effect on Japanese Speakers’ Production of the English Dark /l/

Fengrui Zhang, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2020, Search

Elizabeth Zhu, Geology (GEOL) 2020, Analysis of the Relationship Between Stresses and Geologic Structures in Central California and Its Implications on the Strength of the San Andreas Fault

Adin Zuck, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, The White Immigrant’s Racial Values and Structural Preferences: Case Studies of Rupert Murdoch, Arianna Huffington, Henry Kissinger, and Madeleine Albright

Orlando Zuniga, Kyra Wilson, Will Schwarzer, and Emma Qin, Computer Science (CS) 2020, Bird Transformers: Modifying Bird Images Using Natural Language

Graduated in 2019

Ahmed Abdirahman, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2019, What Is Interaction? Embodied Interaction in Human-Computer Interaction

Nicholas Almonte, Geology (GEOL) 2019, Age and provenance of the Upper Cretaceous Valdez Group turbidites, Northern Prince William Sound, Alaska

Gifty Amos Nwankwo, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, “That Actually Hurts”: Exploring Black Women’s Believed Immunity to the Effects of Negative Body-Image Perpetuated by Media

Hanna Anderson, Religion (RELG) 2019, Realizing the Really Real: Schizophrenia in a Traditional Indian Healing Temple

Kessa Andrews, American Studies (AMST) 2019, Selling the Suburban American Dream to Modern Consumers: The Cooptation of “Family Diversity” by Obama Era Advertisers

Derin Arduman, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, The Causes, Manifestations and Prevention of the Political Abuse of Psychiatry in Eastern Europe and China

Jack Atkins, Economics (ECON) 2019, Fake News and Social Media: How an Oversupply of Information Results in Negative Policy Outcomes

Levi Atkinson, Art History (ARTH), Studio Art (ARTS) 2019, Untitled (44.623731, -122.723401)

Tianna Avery, Quinn Mayville, Yingying Wang, and Megan Zhao, Computer Science (CS) 2019, Using Natural Language Techniques to Identify the Hero, Villain, and Victim in News Articles

Yuta Baba, History (HIST) 2019, Redefining Nature: Makuzu Tadano and Her Bricolage of Thoughts

Ryan Baldwin, History (HIST) 2019, Constructing Coherence and Moralizing Change: The Cartographic Foundation of Bison Conservation and its Implications

Lynn Barbera, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2019, tHiNk again

Jesse Barrera-Ledezma, American Studies (AMST) 2019, The Elusive Quest for Equality? U.S. Education Policy in the Post-Brown v. Board Era

Kyle Berglund, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, Why Do We Kill? A Review of Past and Current Theories on the Nature of Murder

Andrew Biehl, Brianna Fitzpatrick, Dallas Keate, and Janna Wennberg, Mathematics (MATH) 2019, Number Theory Without Numbers

Juliette Bobrow, History (HIST) 2019, Exhibiting Empire: London’s India Museum as a Contested Site of Imperial Display, 1875-1914

Tate Bosler, Economics (ECON) 2019, Cryptocurrencies, Regulatory Changes, and Market Efficiency

Sydney Botz, American Studies (AMST) 2019, The Unforeseen Consequences of Chromebooks in Public Education: Rethinking the Digitally Intimate Relationship between Google and Students

Emily Boxrud, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, Fit-Ideal Media and Eating Disorder Development: Pathways for Influencing Disordered Thinking and Behavior

Shannon Branigin, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, Education, Engagement, and Advocacy: A Framework for the Roles of Social Media in LGBTQA Identity Development and Expression

Michael Bruno, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2019, The Lonely Hero of Someplace Else

Elizabeth Budd, History (HIST) 2019, Re-Centering Agency: Hearing the Voices of the Poor in Late Nineteenth-Century London

Sophia Colette Moore Buehrer, Nathaniel Lovin, Mahdi Hassan Mohamed, Benjamin Stone, and Kiran Tomlinson, Computer Science (CS) 2019, Beyond the Buzzword: Demystifying Blockchains

Natalie Bulger, Chemistry (CHEM) 2019, How Drug Metabolism Plays a Role in Drug Therapy Development for Major Depressive Disorder

Sara Canilang, Religion (RELG) 2019, Invented Tradition and Authentic Ayurveda: Integrative Medicine in the West

Sara Canilang, Ian Seong, and Nicolas Graese, Mathematics (MATH) 2019, Kuratowski Closure-Complement-Frontier Operators on Sorgenfrey and Usual Topology on a Real Line

Hans Carlson, Economics (ECON) 2019, Adopting a New Monetary Policy Decision Making Structure: A Discussion of Discretion, Rules, and Frameworks

Matthew Carter, Geology (GEOL) 2019, Promising Methods, Questionable Results: Developing an Inverse Model of the Fossil Ridge-Transform Intersection in the Troodos Ophiolite in Cyprus

Proud Chanarat, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Tracing Back to the Gene Content of the Last Universal Common Ancestor: Approaches in Taking Horizontal Gene Transfer into Account

Jen Chan, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2019, Kymlicka's Aporia: Arguing for a Culturally Adaptive Model of Multicultural Liberailsm

Jen Chan, History (HIST) 2019, “The White Man’s Burden” in Liberating Enslaved Africans: Unspoken Paternalism & Rhetorical Humanitarianism in the Autonomous Decisions of Colonial Officials, 1833-1845

Jennifer Chan, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, Empathizing with Criminal Intent: Taking Moral Transgressors' Perspectives

Yitong Chen, Linguistics (LING) 2019, Reflexive Constructions in Maltese

Yitong Chen, Delroy Mangal, Ethan Somes, and Anna Johnson, Computer Science (CS) 2019, Art, Interactivity and Robotics: Redesign a Course

Nathaniel Chew, Linguistics (LING) 2019, Reanalyzing the Past: An Experimental Study on Non-standard -ed in Singapore Colloquial English

Ursula Clausing, Economics (ECON) 2019, Should Congress Require the Federal Reserve to use the Taylor Rule?

Cecily Conour, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, The Moderating Roles of Maternal Solicitousness and Catastrophizing in Child Pain Severity and Functional Disability

Kristina Conrad, Biology (BIOL) 2019, The behavior of nectar robbers and effects on flowering plants for mutualism maintenance

Amanda Crawford, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Epigenetic Regulation of APOE in the Etiology and Progression of Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Joshua Crotts, Asian Studies (ASST) 2019, How Foreign is too Foreign? The "Westernization" of Contemporary Japanese

Rachel Cruz, Religion (RELG) 2019, Modern Muslims: Rethinking Conversion in the Autobiographies of Muhammad Asad and Malcolm X

Jackie Culotta, Biology (BIOL) 2019, How is honesty maintained in colorful condition dependent mate quality advertisements? The roles of costly signals and indicator traits

Mallika Dargan, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Langerhan cells, Langerin, and HIV transmission in the Female Reproductive Tract

Laura DeMane, Economics (ECON) 2019, Blunts and Borders: Marijuana Market Segmentation Over State Lines

Brynne Diggins, English (ENGL) 2019, Imagining Indian Womanhood: Identity and Independence in the Novels of Krupabai Satthianadhan

Tris Dodge, Biology (BIOL) 2019, The curious case of the cane toad (Rhinella marina): using local context to predict top-down trophic cascades driven by invasive, allelochemically-defended prey

Eveline Dowling, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, Hate Trumps Love: What is the Role of Contempt in American Politics?

August Ducharme, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2019, The Maiden: The Savior

Madeline Egan, Religion (RELG) 2019, A Tibetan Buddhist View on Death and Dying: The Heart-Mind’s Role in a “Good” Death

Fayzeh El Banna, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Epigenetics of BDNF Gene in PTSD Intense Fear Memory Formation and Lack of Extinction

Ethan J. Ellis, Economics (ECON) 2019, Preferences for Nonwage Amenities in Early Career Job Choices of Undergraduate Seniors: A Dichotomous Choice Contingent Valuation Survey Approach

Logan Emholtz, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Enhancing Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Biogenesis: The Effects of Endurance Training and Glycogen Levels

Emilee Erdel, Religion (RELG) 2019, Till Death Do Us Part: Contextualizing Citizenship and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States AIDS Epidemic

Roger Faust, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Invasive Ecosystem Engineers in a Non-Native Habitat: Ecological Impacts of Zebra Mussel Induced Nutrient Shifts

Noah Feldman, Dylan Rye, Christian Zaytoun, and Elliot Cahn, Statistics (MAST) 2019, Ranking Rankings: Alternate Ways to Evaluate NCAA Football Teams

Brendon Fischel, Economics (ECON) 2019, New Product and Earnings Announcements’ Effect on Stock Returns: A Case Study of The Mobile Phone and Tablet Industry

Spencer Francis, Economics (ECON) 2019, Internalizing the Cost of Injuries and Game-Day Attendance: An analysis of the National Football League from 2009 -2018

Aaron Frankl, Geology (GEOL) 2019, The Intersection of River Channelization, Soil Properties, and Agriculture: A Case Study of Mud Creek in Northfield, Minnesota

Benton Franklin, Geology (GEOL) 2019, Lateral Variability and Biodiversity of the Permian Park City Group, Utah and Eastern Nevada

Cory Renay Friendshuh, Psychology (PSYC) 2019, The Efficacy and Potential of Therapeutic Communities as an Alternative Model of Mental Health Care

Joseph Gais, Physics (PHYS) 2019, The Thermodynamics of Black Holes

David Gallagher, Philosophy (PHIL) 2019, Obligation and Autonomy: Legal Paternalism in the Context of Oppression

Matt Ganter, Economics (ECON) 2019, Inefficiency in the Market for National Football League Kickers

Pedro Girardi, Economics (ECON) 2019, The Impact of Inflation on Wages of the Brazilian Poor

Pedro Girardi, Trevor Freeland, and Joseph Nardi, Statistics (MAST) 2019, A Statistical Analysis of Changes in Extreme Precipitation in the Coastal Carolinas

Lauren Goboff, Biology (BIOL) 2019, Gene Expression Disruption as a Model for Tissue Specificity in Laminopathies

Maggie Goldberger, Religion (RELG) 2019, Suburban Holy Lands: The Battle for Hindu Presence in Suburban New Jersey

Daniel Gold, Economics (ECON) 2019, Little League, Big Bucks? The Effect of Youth Sports Participation on Future Wages

Noah Goldman, Mathematics (MATH) 2019, Bézout’s Theorem and Algebraic Geometry

Winston T. Goldthwaite, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Classical Laser Cooling and Trapping

Aaron Goodman, Economics (ECON) 2019, Do Environmental, Social, and Governance Standards Affect Firm-Level EBITDA and Stock Performance?

Hebba Ashraf Gouda, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Oh, Buoy!

Lea Gould, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2019, Home is where the bird flies.

Benjamin Krischer Greene, Galen William Quinn Berger-Fletcher, Tenzin Dophen, and Malcolm Grossman, Computer Science (CS) 2019, Storytelling with Skynet

Sacha R. Greenfield, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Conceptualizing quantum mechanics in pilot-wave theory

Anne Guttridge, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2019, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”: Exploring the Narratives of Female Documentary Filmmakers

Anne S. Hackman, English (ENGL) 2019, Searching for a Japanese American Language in Nisei Daughter and No-No Boy

Kaitlyn Jeanette Hamers, Linguistics (LING) 2019, A Syntactic Account of Tense, Mood, and Aspect in the Haitian Creole Preverbal Marker System

Apoorva Handigol, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2019, BROWN & BLACK: South Asian American AntiBlackness & Brown-Black Solidarity in Chicago