The senior thesis is emblematic of the kind of intellectual freedom Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Upper College students are given. It is a year-long, self-designed scholarly project that is the capstone of a student’s work. It’s required of everyone. The thesis is not just an academic requirement for a Simon’s Rock Bachelor of Arts degree, it is work that adds to the world’s storehouse of knowledge.

At the beginning of the thesis project, a formal proposal must be submitted and approved. This collection includes senior thesis proposals beginning in academic year 1998-1999 as well as theses beginning in 2011.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Unseen Histories: A Visual Study of Political Presence and Aesthetic Interpretation, Sara Aboobakar

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Tiny Weatherman: Examining Behavioral Changes in Pogonomyrmex occidentalis in Response to Seasonal Changes, Tony Alexander

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Joining the Heroides: An Introspective Look into What It Means to Be an Artist When Life Happens, Told in Three Parts and Two Plays, Kaelyn Brandt

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Artificial Intelligence Classical Music Composer, Chi Cao

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Two-Dimensional Messiah: The Cartoon Aesthetics of Totalizing Capital and Fragmented Selfhood, Virginia Cassel

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Musical and Visual Representations of Gray Codes, Michael Chang

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Prayer Beads and Red Scarf: Projecting Shangrilazation in Modern Tibet, Yueming Chen

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[Re] Encountering the Painted Look: Poetics of the Portrait, Rebecca Cosenza

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Categorizing Experience: Locke, Berkeley, and Wittgenstein on the Problem of Generalization, Elibba Dean

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Miracle on 84th Street, House Dow

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An Agricultural and Climate Analysis of Kern County (CA, USA) and Fujian Province (China): Past, Present, and Future, Hannah Ferus

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Aquaponics: An Exploration into the Future of Agriculture, Greig Fields

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Sex Work, Drugs, and Decriminalization: Toward a Politics of Harm Reduction, Avonlea Fisher

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The Subjugation of Black Women: California and New York’s Legal Genocide, Ligaya Franklin

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Only Mostly Dead: Battlefield Medicine through American History, Rhiannon Gabriel-Jones

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The Culprit of Neuronal Degenerative Disorders: Exploring UNC79-protein Interactions and Ion Channel Mutations, Aidan Go

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As She Herself Might Have Told It: Relating Politics and Feminism as Method, Lillian Goldberg

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ShapeShifter Programmatic geometric modelling made simple., Ishan Guru

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New Road: An Original Recorded Album and Film Installation, Stephen Hager

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Wounded Skyes: A Tale of Razors and Recovery Not a Fairytale, Naomi Harris

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Constructing Maximum-Rotating de Bruijn Sequences Using their Necklace Trees, Oscar Hernandez

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Explorations of Darkness and Joy in Children’s Literature, Chloe Hull

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What A Heart Loves A Thesis Presentation, Regan Humphrey

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Destroy the Audience: Unconventional Forms of Playwriting Pioneered by Women of Color, Zoe Hu

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Graceful and Cordial Forests: A Computational Investigation of Graph Labelings, Feston Kastrati

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Rethinking Reddit: A Novel Hybrid Recommendation System, Spencer Kee

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Government and the Voiceless City: A Case Study on the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis and State-Community Relations, Arielle King

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Chatting with Bots: A Quick Survey of Conversational Agents And Their Appropriate Applications, Maksim Kotov

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Domination, Andrew Kunz

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Fibers Joining a Broken Lotus Root: An Exploration of Han Chinese Traditional Food and Agricultural Plant Knowledge, Wai Lun Lam

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The Backseat Drivers of a Nation: The Impact of Western Interests on Modern Iran, Jonathan Levinson

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¿Repita, Por Favor? An Exploration of the Challenges Faced by Spanish-speaking Students and Families in Massachusetts, Hannah Lienhard

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Improving Bacterial Ear Infection Diagnostics with an Image Classification Algorithm, Wanying Li

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Who Tells Your Story, Being a Dramaturgical Analysis of Hamilton: an American Musical, it's Creation and all that Followed, with Brief Remarks on Fan Interaction and the Founding of a New America, Christina Lothrop

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Rivkele: A Feminist Translation and Analysis of Sholem Asch’s גאָט פון נקמה, Molly McGowan

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Natural Language in a Constructed World, Meghan Molinari

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[Insert Shitty Pun Here]: A Socio-Biological Analysis of the Composting Toilet as a Feasible Alternative to Conventional Human Waste Management Technologies, Jenifer Morgan-Davie

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The Document of Film Politics, Aesthetics, and the Production of Value, Isabel O'Donnell

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Belousov-Zhabotinsky: an Exploration of Filmmaking in the Digital Age, Bryce Parker

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Coronal Mass Ejections: A Study of Structure, Grant Parker

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A Low-Cost, Feature-Based Color Threshold Selection Approach to Eye-gaze Tracking and a Basis For Gaze Interface, Vijay Pillai

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To Will an End: Outliving Sexual Violence and State Sovereignty, Anna Poplawski

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An Examination of the Process Of Writing, Directing, Acting In, and Producing The Play Brothers, Dominica Purcell

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PCBs Filtration Model using Perfluorocarbons as an Active Agent, Sofia Rafikova

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Laser Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy Needle Aid: Biopsies made simple, Payal Rana

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Butch? An Exploration of the Queer Community and Female Masculinity, A.J. Rio-Glick

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Against All Odds, I Universe You: Academic and Personal Perspectives on Facets of Queer Identity, Andre Santana

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Feel. Look. Listen., Ihor Shuhan

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How Will Chinese Film Survive? The Opportunities and Challenges of Contemporary Chinese Film in World Marketing., Kassidy Wang

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Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding: An Occupational Therapy Framework, Erin Wilkerson

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Delayed-Choice Quantum Eraser: The paradox of time-independent correlated measurements, Hyojun James Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sara Aboobakar

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Competitive Coloring: A Structural Approach, Ethan Ackelsberg

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Tony Alexander

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Gentle Nightmares: A Collection of Short Stories, Kathleen Ansel

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Ironbound, Carrie Basch

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Infected: The Experience of the Female Artist Based on "Infection in the Sentence: The Woman Writer and the Anxiety of Authorship" by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Natalie Becker

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Investigating the Digital Darkroom: A Discussion on the Ethics of Photographic Manipulation, Adam Bigelow

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kaelyn Brandt

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Campbell’s Broken Model: Women in the Role of the Literary Hero, Kori Brierley-Bowers

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Virginia Cassel

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Urban Agriculture: Community Farms and Agribusinesses in New York City, Caitlin Chai

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Michael Chang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Yueming Chen

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The Media of Capital and Contradiction, Nikola Cooper-Fateyev

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Cooperative Water Management: A Means For Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine, Marjorie Cort

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rebecca Cosenza

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Elibba Dean

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From Gertie to Ghibli: The World Industries Behind Animations - Their Successes, Failures, and Futures, Kate Decker

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Senior Thesis Proposal, House Dow

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Sex Poems, Cian Doyle

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Hannah Ferus

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Avonlea Fisher

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ligaya Franklin

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rhiannon Gabriel-Jones

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HERE I STAND; THERE YOU SIT: An Exploration of Space and Relationship in a Theatrical Environment, Theodor Gabriel

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Our Barbarous Tongue: A Sociohistorical Study on the Emergence of Prescriptive Attitudes in the English Language, Arantzazu Galdos

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Aidan Go

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Lillian Goldberg

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Stephen Hager

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Naomi Harris

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Oscar Hernandez

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Don’t Wake Up A Sleeping Baby, Rory Qianqing Huang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Chloe Hull

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Regan Humphrey

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zoe Hu

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It’s Way Past My Bedtime: Culture, Sleep, and Why We Should Be Getting More of It, Shannon Igo

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Political Ethics in the Three Kingdoms Period of China, Greg Inamine

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Environmental Education: Enhancing Massachusetts’ Science Curriculum for Middle School Students, Jo-Ellen Jeffries

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Platinum Underground: Engaging the Music of DJ Screw, Jan Jurchak

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Physical Exploration of Non-Textual Narratives: Fuck You & Your Book, Wes Elliot Kang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Spencer Kee

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Arielle King

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Maksim Kotov

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Andrew Kunz

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Wai Lun Lam

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Filtering Arsenic to Make a Difference in Southeast Asia: Prototype Optimization of SafaPani, Eldred Lee

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jonathan Levinson

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Understanding Industrialization through Literature: An Economic Analysis of 19th Century England and Post-1970s China, Cindy Zhaoran Li

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Hannah Lienhard