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 2020

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‘ Paradise of Paradises ’: Yemeni Poetics of Return and the Springtime Promise, Moamer Alsaedi

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Fun with Fermentation: A scientific cookbook, Emmawyn Anastasi

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The Makers Experience: Craft in Society, Community, and for the Individual, Antonia Bellamy-Talbot

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The Imitation Game: How Biomimicry can Revolutionize Scope and Sustainability within Medicine, Karan Buntval

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Live Trojan Attacks on Deep Neural Networks, Robert Costales

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The Faboideae Flora of Montserrat, Giulia de Gennaro

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The Psychological and Biological Effects of Parental Neglect Under the Age of Three, Dylan Dion-Bernier

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You Won’t Believe it’s Not Mako: A Study of Shark Meat Substitutions in New England Markets, Madeline Eppley

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Dear Diary: Living in Genre, Gracie Folds

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On Suffix Array Construction Algorithms, Jonathan Gabor

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Medical Image Analysis: from Reconstruction to Classification, Zehui Gao

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Sink with an Ever-Expanding Drain: History of Pharmaceutical Treatments for HIV, Alexander Gouvin-Moffat

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Questions on Beauty: Eugéne Delacroix, Delaney Graham

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Follow the Sound: Tracking Forms of Commodification and Escapism in American Popular Music, Ethan Hall

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The Real Plastic Economy: Toxic Colonialism, Carla Hamida

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A Methanol Fuel Cell Intermediate: Bridging the Gap Between Fossil Fuels and Clean Energy With the Design and Optimization of a Methanol Synthesis Plant, Lydia Hammond

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“When So Few Have So Much and So Many Have So Little”: Rising Inequality and The Dying American Dream, Yanggen Heppe

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On Simulating Phase Tracking Reference Signals in 5G, Nicholas Kasseinov

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The Metaphysics of Pregnancy: Four-Dimensionalism and Fetal-Parthood, Nasia Kayfetz-Vuong

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Unregistered HyperCam 2: A Brief History of Internet Gaming Metanarratives Through the Lens of “Let’s Play”, Quinn Kreminski

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Automatic Impediment Detection and Correction for Speech Audio, Vivek Kumar

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War of Ground Against Existence: Evil and Freedom from Kant to Schelling, Aung Sett Kyaw Min

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Predicting Disruptions in Confined Fusion Plasmas Using Deep Neural Networks, Zicheng Liu

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Into the Dream Land: Fengshui and the Ideal Landscape in Wang Ximeng’s A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, Jinglin Lu

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On The Importance of Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Review of Selected Medicinal Plants and a Cognitive and Behavioral Study of Ten Mice in a T-Maze Conducted Towards Testing Four Medicinal Plants from Montserrat., Estella Lumer

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Redesigning Craigslist with Cloud Computing, Jorge Martinez Jr.

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Fear, Felicity, and Trouble with a Capital T as in Thom, Matthew Meehan

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Swap Monster: Creating and Developing an Original Puzzle Game Along With an Accompanying AI Solver, Zoe Offermann

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Docile and Useful: Mechanisms of Control and Creation in the Workplace, Eliza Opland-Dobs

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Detecting Symptoms of Depression in Social Media Data using Machine Learning, Eunkyu Park

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Baseball Strike Zone Delineator Implemented with Digital Image Processing Techniques, Joon Mo Park

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Teens in the Anthropocene: An Interdisciplinary Climate Crisis Curriculum, Jessie Parrott

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The Epidemiology of Dementia: Biochemical & Social Approaches, Dakota Paul

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Invisible Work and Hidden Effects: A Study of Emotional Labor, Ana Peake

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Data Visualization Data Representation, Presentation, and Understandability, Sophie Petters

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The Generalized Cayley-Dickson Construction, Axel Rimerman

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The Psychological and Neurologic Reenactment of Incest Trauma Through Anorexia Nervosa, MacKenzie Rohrbacher

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Raw Tales : An Anthropology of Postcolonial Writers in Exile, Caleb Sabatka

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Humanizing Homelessness: The Experience, Society's Role, and Aid Offered, LillyEtta Sacon

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Women’s Suffrage in Switzerland: An International Statistical Analysis of Political, Demographic, and Societal Factors in the Fight for the Right to Vote, Maxwell Shulman

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At the Crossroads: An Exploration of Moldovan Identity, Daniela-Filipa Soltan

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Ceci n'est pas une food : Musings on TV Cooking Shows, Doph Steinmayer

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Beyond Interiority: A Heideggerian Reading of Mrs. Dalloway, Peiqi Sui

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Effects of Pestalotiopsis microspora and Pleurotus ostreatus on the Surface Chemistry of Polyester Polyurethanes, Kara Tai

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Portfolio Management: A Machine Learning Perspective, Chih-Jui Tsen

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A Meta-Analysis of Researches and Evidence of the Immunological and Neurological Causation of ASD, Myles Vinci

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Helping Others: Contemporary Topics, Zhen Wang

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ABC (American Born Cantonese): Cantonese Language and Chinese Identity in Diaspora, Peter Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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The Doctor-Patient Relationship: The Past, The Present, The Future, Miles Abracosa

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Grace In The Fractures: A Sculptural Analysis of Vulnerability as a Coping Mechanism For Fear, Eliana Actor-Engel

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Positive Eco-Art Therapy: Picturing an Aesthetic Path to Personal and Planetary Health, Madison Alicea

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Sto-Stone: Computation, Complexity, and Puzzle Design, Addison Allen

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“An Image With A Lowing Sound”: Medieval Islam, Modernity, and Politics as Seeing, Safi Alsebai

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Emmawyn Anastasi

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Creating for Community: Extending Inspiration through Browser Application, Hyolim Bae

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Akarsh Balaji

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Language Use by People With Bipolar Disorder and Depression: Recent Research and Applications, Alexandra Barber

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Urban Planning and Playing: Collaborative Learning Through Educational Board Games, Jacques Ben-Avie

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Blood will have Blood: Trauma Dynamics in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Nathaniel Bokaer-Smith

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Felix Bridel

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Karan Buntval

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Seeing Overtones: Communicating the Physics of Guitars, Jonathan Cadiz

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CALL THEM OUT: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Analyzing Infrastructural and Economic Disparities Within the Tri-state Area, Mario Campbell

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sayings, clouds: composition, production, performance, reflection, Emmett Clarendon

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To Bring into Being: On A Life Lived by Ghosts, Allison Colwell

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Robert Costales

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And All That Jazz: The Tropes of Sounds and Symbols in Harlem Renaissance Jazz Literature, Olivia Davis

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Elizabeth de la Rosa

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Raising Our Voices: Women, Trauma, and Recovery in India, Divya Dinraj

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Abigail Donnelly

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My Nudes 2k18: femininity and obscenity, Hayley Edgar

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Madeline Eppley

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Art, Finances and Manipulation: How Auction Houses Enhance Painting Sales Today, Fiona Ferguson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Gracie Folds

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jonathan Gabor

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Alternative Therapies for Traumatized Children: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives, Ana Garcia-Kwan

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Alexander Gouvin-Moffat

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Delaney Graham

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Stuck: An Examination of the Portrayals of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Literature, Television, and Film, Antonia Greenberg

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Emet: A Video Game of Yiddish Conversation Practice, Aster Greenblatt

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The Dandy and the Decadent: Kitsch, Camp, and Capitalism, Benjamin Grubner

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ethan Hall

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Carla Hamida

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Arches of Piety: Reflections of the Holy See and Italy, Alexandra Harabosky

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Interactive Relationship Between Canon and Fandom Via Cosplay and Fanfiction, Cleo Hardt

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Yanggen Heppe

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Perfect Places? The Power and Potential of Landscape and Nature Photography, Miranda Herreid

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Sports Medicine, Georgiana Janko

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A Study of Hausdorff Distance Computation, Tingao Jiang

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State Minds: Dreams of Abundance, Scarcity, and Collapse, Benjamin Kaza

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AI Research in Games: The Role of StarCraft 2, Joey Kim

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Forgotten Shards, a Reflection on the Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Porcelain, Molley Knight

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Layers of Dust: Political Moments of Work, Land, and Agriculture, Ezra Lee

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"I Don't Want To Talk About It": On the Relationships between Silence, Narrative, Remembrance, and Reality in Psychological Trauma, Erika Leigh

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Impressionist Style and Manga Painting: An Investigation, Junyu Liu

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Aquarium Dreams and Other Stories, Zara London-Southern

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This Is in No Sense Consolatory: Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Traumatic Narratives of the First World War, Victoria Loughborough

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jinglin Lu

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Estella Lumer

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1968 and the Crisis of European Memory: Nation, Internationalism, Visual Culture, Nathaniel Madison