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 2014

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Population Survey of Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra Mussels) in the Housatonic River, Sarah Abusaa

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Reekloon's Star, Edward Bakshis

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Evaluation of atherosclerotic plaque permeability using novel dynamic contract enhanced (DCE) MRI techniques, Alexandra Black

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Playing the Viola da Gamba: an historical investigation with practical implications, Ceilidh Blood

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Punica Granatum: Lost Seeds, Sahra Brubeck

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A 21st-Century Office Building, Wade Burelbach

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Mushrooms: An Evaluation of Fungi Indigenous to Berkshire County, William Deng

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Bulding a Framework of Conflict: The Second World War and its Relation to Modern Warfare, Michael Depp

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A Stunted Reconstruction: The "Ukrainian Question" in Polish Eastern Thought and Policy, 1893-1921, Marcel Garbos

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A Dream Deferred: The Shortcomings of Education Reform and the Unfulfilled Promise of Equal Educational Opportunities, Paige Gbasie

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The Algebra of Rubik's Cube, Gemma Gearhart

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The Theater of Intimacy: A Manifesto and Journal of Discovery, Bethany Geiger

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How to Succeed in Title Blocks: An Applied Research and Study of Technical Direction in the Theater, Robert Connell Gess

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Theezus: Approaching the Care of the Self, Rohan Ghatak

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The Reality of the Online Virtual World: An Insight to the Self, Value, and Economic Action, Nicole Gunara

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Eels Not Climbing Things: A Study of Rheotaxis in Anguilla rostrata and its Applications to Conservation, Ian Hetterich

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A Short Comparison and History of Veterinary Medicine in the United States and France, Bianca Johnston

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A Translation and Analysis of Christian Kracht's Faserland, Miranda Jones

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Colors/Shades: Learning to View the Other through a Lens of Carefully Learned Blindness, Julian Claire Mia Kang

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A Tale of Two Towns: Relationship Between Community and Resort in a Tourism Environment, Daniel Katten

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Visualizing the Animal Multitude: Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Hapsburg Painting and a Twentieth-Century Afterword, Erik Koch

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Traditional Perceptions and Practices toward Reproductive Health Care: A Community Study in Burma, Ei Thinzar Kyaw

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What the Folk?!: Exploring First-Hand the Performance of Folklore in Asian and New England Communities, Jordan Lome

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Theatre and War: Conversations with Brecht on the Making of a Political Tabernacle, Cary Mandell

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PNEUMA: An Artistic Exploration of Breath and Movement, Avery Mauel

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Ashes and Shadows: Angels in an Exploration of Creative Writing and Photography, Kirsiah McNamara

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Qui perd sa langue, perd sa foi: An Analysis and Pilot Study of French Dialect in Southern Maine, Chelsea McNay

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(Em)body(ing) (E)motion: An Active Exploration of the Poetics of Embodied Language, Heather Meehan

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Your Couture: Developing and Application for iOS using Objective-C and Xcode, Sophie Miller

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"Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky" Tuning in with Woodstock's Grandchildren, Enana Nduku

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The Shale Gale: The Effects of New Natural Gas Production on Electricity Generation Fuels and Prices, Bradley Oerth

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Millenials, Health, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Serina Pace

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Disaster: A Network Analysis of When Engineering Goes Wrong, Benjamin Palmer

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This is my body: Exploration of Sexuality, Christianity, and Suicide, Lucy Peterson

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Assessment of Non-Native Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) Populations in Western Massachusetts, Taylor Polster

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Competition is Unethical, Dante Popple

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Borders of the Borderline: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Limits of Psychiatry, Joelle Portelinha

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Practice in the Age of Arcade Basketball, Philip Psomopoulos

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Cultural Machines: Communications and Post-Industrial America, Miles Read

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"The Image is the Poet's Pigment": Paradoxical Intersections Between Word and Image, Zoe-Eve Rhinehart

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Theater v. Film: A Comparitive Analysis, Virginia Robinson

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"To Cross the Road": Implications of Language Planning, Nationhood, and the Amazigh of Morocco, Emma Sanger-Johnson

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Much Assembly Required: Protein Polymer Engineering with Triggers, Adaptors, and Levers, Daniel Sawyer

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Willing Skin, Andrea Schuchardt

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Everything but-enolies, Johanna Schwartz

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Fowl Heartburn: A Study of Tiles and Fire, Patricia Sendao

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Pet Provocateur: Questioning Human/Non-Human Relationships in Visual Representations, Linsen Settembrini

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Biomass Gasification and the Construction of a User-Friendly Gasification Unit, Luke Stroehlein

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Being-On-Stage: 9 Phenomenological Movements for Solo Actress, Tara Turnbull

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An Enclosure of Separable Planes: Interiority in late Mozart, Keelan Watlington

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A Comparitive Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes and Subtypes Using Bioinformatics Techniques, Jared Weiss

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Death in Translation: Swallowing la Granada, Kiyomi Wilks

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A Stitch in Time Saves Lives: Preventive Medicine in the United States, Samantha Yarmis

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Barefoot in the Park: A Study of Set Design, Spencer Zeitel

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Skeletal Ontogeny in Larval Stage American Toads, Molly Ziegler

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sarah Abusaa

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Rethinking National Growth: A Political-Economic Analyses of the Regional Development Disparity in Ghana and a Comparison with China, Mohammed Adawulai

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All the World's A Stage: The Actor-Audience Relationship in Western Interactive Theater, Emily Baker

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Edward Bakshis

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Determining the Stability of Alkyne Protecting Groups and Degradable Linkers Used in the Solid Phase Synthesis of Block Copolymers, Sheeba Bali

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Ontologies of a Post-Modern World: A Short History and Examination, Cameron Barrows

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Harmonic Journeys: Some Instrumental Music, Aaron Basch

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Ancient Art/Modern Frames, Joseph Berger

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Alexandra Black

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ceilidh Blood

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Failing Better: Essays on Anxiety, Impotence, and the Incomprehensible, Zak Breckenridge

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The Fruits of Exile: Materialism in Suspension, Isaac Brosilow

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sahra Brubeck

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Worm in the Apple, Georgia Byler

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Dimension 5: The Mystery of Dreams, Zerabruk Cavallaro

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Decoding Facial Expressions and Emotions, Jasmine Sou Mei Cunningham

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A Dialogic Path to Practicing the Sacred, Edan Dalsheim-Kahane

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Man to Manifesto: A Project in Four Books, Rebecca Dawson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Michael Depp

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Design and Development Process of Innovative Food Allergen Detection Device, Juan Diaz Rodriguez

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Staging the Scandal of Democracy: Politics and Aesthetics in the Tunisian Revolution, Jonathan Durfee

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Culture of Intolerance? Race Relations, Racism, and the Legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Laura Fisher

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From Techne to Transhumanism: An Inquiry into the Nature, History, and Theory of Technology, Lukas Fuchshofen

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Show me the Money: Need and Greed in the Field of Human Rights, Elissa Furlong

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Anthropology in an Imagined World: Life in the City of Valari, Nathaniel Gage

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Marcel Garbos

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Perceptions of the Use of Point of Care Medical Devices To Diagnose Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Haiti, Marne Garretson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Paige Gbasie

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Gemma Gearhart

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Bethany Geiger

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Robert Connell Gess

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rohan Ghatak

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Kiss While they Conspire: A Dramaturgical Analysis of Edward II, Molly Greene

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The Great God Man: on object, method, and transcendental knowledge, Anthony Gulotta

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nicole Gunara

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ian Hetterich

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Masters in Their Own House: Representations of Québecois Identity in Canadian Literature, Mallory Hogan

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Symbolism, Affectation, and Cats at the American University of Beirut, 2010-2011, William Hopewell

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Static (of) American Democracy: The Electoral Campaign as Institution and the Obstacles to Change, Taylor Horn

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Bianca Johnston

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Miranda Jones

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Julian Claire Mia Kang

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The Essences of Listening: Music Inspired by Various Forms of Art, Taylor Kang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Erik Koch

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ei Kyaw