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Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars are chosen by the faculty as the students with the highest scholarly achievement in their majors.


2016 Honors Thesis Senior Scholars 

Cole Ashman (Chemical Engineering)
“An Exploration of Novel Polymeric Materials for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells”

Savanna Bailey (Anthropology)
“ A View Beneath the Bundle: Imaging Techniques Applied to Mummies”

Jennie Barker (Political Science)
“You Are All of Them: The Mobilization of Human Rights Discourse by the Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party in Turkey”

Victoria Barry (Art History)
“Art is Not Enough: Gran Fury’s Intersection of Art & Activism”

Jacob Berman (Music)
“Large-Scale Instrumental Work”

Katharine Bruce (Public Health)
“Coming Out and Getting Out: LGBTI Asylum in the United States”

Connor Burkett (Sociology)
“ Mental Illness Stigma: Age and Gender Differences in Attitudes Towards Depression”

Skylar Deckoff-Jones (Physics)
"Observing the Interplay between Surface and Bulk Optical Nonlinearities in Thin Van Der Waals Crystals"

Matthew Ducote (Engineering Physics and Mathematics)
“Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy as a Tool for Pathogen Detection”

Kirby Dubose (Communication and Spanish)
 “Nonverbal Communication in U.S. and Argentine Classrooms”

Mysia Dye (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
“Variation in Advertisement Calls Among Color Morphs of a Polymorhic Poison Frog”

Rebecca Greaney (Economics and Environmental Studies)
“Water Security in an Arid Metropolis: The Effectiveness of Demand-Side Management as a Solution to Water Scarcity in Southern California, a Case Study of the Metropolitan Water District”

Alexandra Gulachenski (Environmental Biology)
“Abandonment, Ecological Assembly and Public Health Risks in Counter-Urbanizing Cities”

Margaret Harlan (Environmental Science)
“Defining Metrics of Channel Mobility and their Link to the Architecture of Channelized Stratigraphy: A Laboratory Study”

Sara Hays (Biological Chemistry and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
“Population Genetics of Diphyllobothridean Macroparasite Schistocephalus Solidus Infecting Threespine Stickleback”

Rachel Hill (Cell and Molecular Biology)
“Breast Cancer Bioinformatics: The Impact of HER2 Alternative Splicing and HER4 Suppression on Breast Cancer Prognosis”

Emma Johnson (Chemistry and Mathematics)
“The Social Cost of Plastic: A Life Cycle Efficiency Analysis of Industrial High Density Polyethelene Production”

Shreya Kashyap (Neuroscience)
"G Protein-Coupled Estrogen Receptor (GPER) Activation Ameliorates Vascular

Anton Krayniy (Germanic and Slavic Studies and Political Science)
“The Manifestation of Self-Confidence in Russia’s Foreign Policy”

Rebecca McDonald (Philosophy) 
“The Non-Identity Problem”

Samuel Naylor (Architecture)
“Wild Urbanism”

Laura Nelson (Spanish and Portuguese)
“The Politics of Trauma: Terror, Mourning, and Memory in Post-Dictatorial Spain, as Interpreted in the Films of Pedro Almodovar"

Anneke Olson (Psychology)
“Family Violence, Caregiver Psychopathology, Parenting Practices, and Child Outcomes”

Laura Perry (Psychology)
“Personality and Mental Health in Prostate Cancer”

Owen Richfield (Mathematics)
“Three-Dimensional Elastic Rod Model of Sperm Flagella in an Incompressible Stokes Fluid”

Gabriella Runnels (Economics)
“The Impact of School Restarts on Teacher Quality and Race in New Orleans”

Eleanor Semmes (Neuroscience)
“The Transactivation, Epigenetic Regulation, and CRISPR/CAS9 Gene Editing of HER4 in Breast Cancer”

Stephanie Shea (French and Italian)
“Ending the 800: An Investigation of Clandestine Abortions in Morocco”

Mitchell Therieau (English)
"The Technological Construction of American Realism"

Natasha Topolski (Cell and Molecular Biology)
“Internalizing Behavior as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Corporal Punishment and FKBP5 DNA Methylation in Youth

Nathan Treacy (Africana Studies)
“Identity Politics and the Post-Genocide Rwandan Political Opposition-In-Exile”

Currin Wallis (Latin American Studies)
“Coming to Terms with “Becoming Black”: Dominican and Senegalese Racial Discourse in Buenos Aires”

Tara Wilson (History)
"Politics and Policy: Title X and the Republican Party"