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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Awarded in 2024

Ren D. Manuel, Studio Art (ARTS) 2024, Painting Punctum

Awarded in 2023

Maya Donovan, Philosophy (PHIL) 2023, Extending Loving Attention to Strangers

Shannon Liu, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2023, Generalization of Attention and Working Memory Skills from Cognition Training Games by Elderly Clients: Does Lumosity Really Work?

Emma MacArthur, Philosophy (PHIL) 2023, If You're Not Reading This, Are Unicorns Real? The Truth Conditions of Indicative Conditionals with False Antecedents

Douglas Meeker, English (ENGL) 2024, AIDS, Affect, and Alternative Realities: Paranoid and Reparative Readings of Thom Gunn’s The Man With Night Sweats”

Jason Min, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2023, Modernity as a Moral Experience: Articulation of Mingyun in a Chinese County

Andriana Taratsas, English (ENGL) 2023, The Miscarriage

Awarded in 2022

Michael Albrecht, Studio Art (ARTS) 2022, Lou

Lauren Carothers-Liske, Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) 2022, Media Representations of Transwomen: White Masculinity and Pretty Privilege

Maia Danks, Studio Art (ARTS) 2022, Making Connections Through Functional Design

Soren Eversoll, English (ENGL) 2024, Jean-Pierre Melville is Dead

Marianne Gunnarsson, English (ENGL) 2022, It's Raining Suitors

Ayaka Moriyama, Dance (DANC) 2022, ψ( )

Win Wen Ooi, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2022, “We Believe in Intercultural rather than Multicultural”: Negotiating Place-based, National, and Global Cultural Imaginations

Narayani Thijm, Religion (RELG) 2022, LO AND BEHOLD! Limits and Uses of Linguistic Perspectives on Mantra use in Tantric Sādhana Deity Meditations

Jed Villanueva, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2022, You Can’t Get Groovier Than This: A Replication of Janata et al. (2012)

Sam Wingfield, English (ENGL) 2022, "Before I am, I was": Narrating Time in Angle of Repose

Awarded in 2021

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

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

Elwood Olson, English (ENGL) 2021, Constructions of Closeted Authorship in Dorian Gray and Dracula

Octavia Washington, English (ENGL) 2022, For My Dad

Octavia Washington, English (ENGL) 2022, Maggot

Awarded in 2020

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

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

Lucy Horrell, English (ENGL) 2020, Lilith

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

Junyi Min, Studio Art (ARTS) 2020, Majulah Singapura

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

Awarded in 2019

Jack Hardwick, Music (MUSC) 2019, Afslørende For Violin & Interactive Electronics

Julian Hast, English (ENGL) 2019, Dada and Modernism: How the Great War Changed Fiction

Melanie Kane, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2019, "I Have the Utmost Respect for Women": A Content Analysis of the Celebrity Sexual Misconduct Response Statement

Will Loner, English (ENGL) 2019, Simple Thoughts on How Best to Lose the World

Charles K. Lutvak, Political Science (POSC) 2019, "Devils With a Cause": How Rural and White Working Class Resentment Made Trump President

Elliot Schwartz, Philosophy (PHIL) 2019, Coming apart at the Seems: Intuition, Skepticism, and Self-defeat

Ezra Sergent-Leventhal, History (HIST) 2019, "Neighborhood Schools" and "Willis Wagons" Ghettoization in Urban Space in 1960's Chicago

Sarah Ward, Geology (GEOL) 2019, Textural Characteristics of Pumice from a Postglacial Plinian Eruption at Laguna del Maule, Southern Chile: Implications for Magma Ascent Dynamics

Octavia Washington, English (ENGL) 2022, On Love

Awarded in 2018

Taylor Moore Barnhill, Religion (RELG) 2018, SallekhanA, Suicide, and Selfhood: Constituting Religious Freedom in a Secular Indian Nation-State

Trixie Dao, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2018, The Child as a Consumer: Issues with Child-Directed Advertising

Peter Alfonso de Hueck, Religion (RELG) 2018, The Trump Leaves of Grass

Avinash Moorthy, Economics (ECON) 2018, Do Students Benefit from an Extra Year of High School? A Study of Ontario's Removal of Grade 13

Laura Joan Rafferty, Economics (ECON) 2018, Can Bad Unemployment News Be Good for Stocks? A Sectoral Analysis of the Stock Market's Reaction to Unemployment Rate Announcements

Flora S. Richey, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2018, Paradox in Akademia: Senses of Place in the Cowling Arboretum

Eliza May Thomas, Geology (GEOL) 2018, Bank stability of Spring Creek, Northfield, Minnesota, between 1999 and 2017: A comprehensive analysis of natural bank recovery after substantial flooding

Awarded in 2017

Violet Aurora Brown, Psychology (PSYC) 2017, More Than Meets the Ear: Contributions of Vision to Spoken Word Recognition

Ann Treesa Joy, Studio Art (ARTS) 2017, Growing Out

Elissa Ann Koele, Psychology (PSYC) 2017, The Effect of Emotional Valence on Primacy/ Recency Memory in College Students, Geriatric Patients, Alzheimer's Patients, and Cotton-Top Tamarins

Laura Katherine Soter, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Is Lying Less Wrong in a Foreign Language? Everyday Moral Reasoning and the Moral Foreign Language Effect in the Absence of Outcome Information

Isabel Sophia Storey, Political Science (POSC) 2017, The Effects of Partisanship on Police Killings of African-American Youth

Eric Bruce Tallman, Economics (ECON) 2017, The Environmental Impact of Single-Use Zoning: A Case Study of the Relationship between the Built Environment and Private-Vehicles in Chandigarh, India

Awarded in 2016

Noah Barak Bunnell, English (ENGL) 2016, Presidential Sonnets

Noah Barak Bunnell, English (ENGL) 2016, The Re-Birth of the Critic: Deconstructing Metacriticism in House of Leaves

Alexandra Katherine Chang, Philosophy (PHIL) 2016, Self-as-Process: Towards and Existential Account of Agency

Grace Liang Johnson, English (ENGL) 2018, River Representations: Viewing Nature in a Human Context

Nora Anderson Katz, History (HIST) 2016, Mapping Norumbega: Aesthetics of Barren and Bountiful Landscapes in Samuel de Champlain's New France, 1607-1632

Robert Dakota Krossa, Economics (ECON) 2016, Skill Spills: A Cross-Skill Group Analysis on Wage Spillovers of Good Jobs

Joseph Deierhoi Lowry, History (HIST) 2017, King William II of Sicily, Muslim King? Ibn Jubayr and his Conflicted Attitudes toward Christians

Madison Lee McBride, History (HIST) 2016, "The Circle is Complete': Adoptive Heritage Tourism as a Structure in the International Adoption Complex

Sarah Miriam Meister, English (ENGL) 2016, How May I Compare this Prison ... unto the World? The Interpretive Value of Prison Shakespeare

Sarah Miriam Meister, English (ENGL) 2016, “Surprised” in William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

Annie Adele Sinner, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2016, Navigating the Liminally-Classed Self: First Generation, Low-Income Carleton College Students' Reflections on the Impact of Class

Sarah Hui Ying Tan, Theater Arts (THEA) 2016, Perpetrators

Lindsey Kay Walters, African/African American Studies (AFAM) 2016, Obruni! Obruni!: African American Experiences in Ghana and the Politics of Diaspora

Awarded in 2015

Sara Elizabeth Brooks, Studio Art (ARTS) 2015, Pile

Grace Fremont, English (ENGL) 2015, Of Here and Everywhere: The Poetic Geography of Shakespeare's Travelers

Katherine Anne Shaffer, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2015, Informed but Not Consenting: The Construction and Negotiation of Embodied Knowledge Among Vaccine Refusers in Minnesota

Julian Robert Skotheim 2015, Modern Love

Jackson Vanfleet-Brown, Geology (GEOL) 2015, Plant dynamics and soils influencing ecological restoration of Potentilla hickmanii at Rancho Corral de Tierra, San Mateo County, California

Ashanti Raheem Wavy-Soldier, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2015, Voice

Awarded in 2014

Jeffrey Jordan Berg, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2014, A Bat and a Ball and a Ballot: Proposing a Cognitive Foundation for Partisan Ambivalence

Emily Catherine Epperson, French (FREN) 2014, La Sonorité de la violence dans « Les Misères » d’Agrippa d’Aubigné

Griffin Johnson, Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) 2014, Get Your Anthropocene On

Annette Martin, Philosophy (PHIL) 2014, Truth and Proof: Defending a Provability Account of Mathematical Truth in Light of Godel's First Incompleteness Theorem

Ariane Rebecca Mass, English (ENGL) 2014, Ventriloquated

Soon Kai Poh, Studio Art (ARTS) 2014, Build Carleton I

William Schedl, Classics (CLST) 2014, That Limb May Be Joined Together with Limb: Joining the Notion of Imperial Power and Religious Power in Defining the Role of the Emperor in Church Affairs

Winona Weindling, Political Science (POSC) 2014, School Choice as a Method of Reducing the Achievement Gap: Comparing the Effectiveness of Desegregation Programs and Charter Schools

Benjamin Daniel Weiss, Undeclared 2016, Early Modern Irish Cohesion and Division

Awarded in 2013

Benjamin Raymond Bedore, Economics (ECON) 2013, The Behavioral Effects Of Early Intervention For Children From Low- Income Households

Molly Elizabeth Curtiss, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2013, Cosmopolitanism and Hybrid Identities: The Case of the Pieds Noirs

Christopher Dana Densmore and Emily Altschul, Theater Arts (THEA) 2013, Macbeth [a Carleton Theater Arts performance]

Brooke Dianne Granowski, Religion (RELG) 2013, Wholly Other, Other Holies: Rudolf Otto's Religious Pluralism in Conversation with Contemporary Religious Studies Criticism

Rafadi Hakim, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) 2013, Countless Ramayanas: Language and Cosmopolitan Belonging in a South Asian Epic

Charu R. Kulkarni, Political Science (POSC) 2013, Muhammad Iqbal's National Vision for the Indian Subcontinent: An Analysis of the Conceptual Boundaries between Indian and Muslim Nations

Michael James McClellan and Deborah Gross, Chemistry (CHEM) 2013, After the Spray: Investigating the Fate of Particles from Cyclodextrin-Containing Air Fresheners

Erin Elizabeth McDuffie, Chemistry (CHEM) 2013, Developement of a New Single-Particle Research Instrument: The Coupling of ATOFMS and LIBS

Sarah Drage Olson, English (ENGL) 2013, Truth in Lies

Danielle Dougnac Smogard, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2013, The Evolution of International Criminal Justice: A Hybrid Solution is Born

Brian Daniel Spisiak, Political Science (POSC) 2013, Spiritual Illumination: Milton and Blindness in Paradise Lost

Jacob Jordan Styburski, English (ENGL) 2013, Lacking the Will to Repent: Bedeviled Freedom in the Satanic Soliloquy

Berett Alexa Wilber, Political Science (POSC) 2014, Lesser Known Marine Mammal's Lesser Known Love Songs

Awarded in 2012

Nicholas Jordan Bellos, History (HIST) 2012, Crowded Cars, Contested Turf: Race-Making and the Everyday on Chicago Public Transit During World War II

Hannah Jean Button-Harrison, Music (MUSC) 2012, Freeing the Music [paper], The Sound of Singing [composition/performance]

Lina Feuerstein, History (HIST) 2012, The Transformation of PaterFilia Dynamics and the Creation of the Masculinized “Daughter” of Christ in The Martyrdom of Saint Perpetua

Rachel Alison Foran, Religion (RELG) 2012, Made and Making: The Formation of Somali Muslim Selves in Rural Minnesota

Talia Ranit Goldenberg, Studio Art (ARTS) 2012, Fragmented Bodies

Evan Michael Johnson, Undeclared 2012, Egyptian Saints: The Referees of Asceticism

Griffin Reister Johnson, Undeclared 2014, Everyone Is Jumping off of This Bridge

Gnagna Lam, Economics (ECON) 2012, The Effect of School Quality on House Values

Chelsea Lau 2012, Theater performances: Ariel in The Tempest; Clytemnestra in The Oresteia