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 2018

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Polish Nationalism from the Margins: The Case of the Gorale Culture and the Modern Polish Identity, Nathan Alan-Lee

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An Antibacterial Analysis of Jatropha gossypifolia L., Eupatorium odoratum L., and Carica papaya L. with a Phytochemical Analysis of J. gossypifolia: A Call to Action, Alec Allain

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Roots of Neofascism in the United States: Exploring Historical Narratives and Emergent Developments, Russell Allen

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Developing Decision Making: Implications for Educational Choices in Adolescence, Zyaid Banihani

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Pranayama Yoga: Measuring Brainwaves via EEG, Rebecca Bhik-Ghanie

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Love(d): A Story of Non-Physical Intimacy, Alexis Brisley

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The Microverse of the Sea: An Analysis of Toxin Producing Phytoplankton, Sierra Cast

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Food as a Social Justice Issue: The Food Justice Movement in the United States, Mo Constantine

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Finding A Way To Tell Her Story: Women's Testimony of the Guatemalan Civil War, Mikaela Dalessio

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Remind me to Look Back: an Analysis of Dostoevsky's Ideology of Societal Culpability and its Relevance Today, Jaimee de Witt Bedford

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“Pull Yourself Together Josef”: Avenues of Understanding The Trial by Franz Kafka, Haley Dionne

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Orthodox Church Forests: An Essential Component of the Ethiopian Landscape, Scheherazade Goertzel

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Precepts on Treating Hyperlipidemia in the Statin Intolerant: Mechanistic and Historical Analyses of Non-Statin Antihypercholesterolemia Therapies, Hayden Gutt

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On the automaticity of the outer automorphism groups of right-angled Coxeter groups, Cameron Haas

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Effects of Clevidipine versus Nitroprusside On Aortic Dissection and the Effects of Pressure on Dissection Depth and Progression, Andrew Ku

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PipeLine: Asynchronous Programming Made Easy A C-like Event-Driven Programming Language, Boqiao Lai

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Testing and Comparative Spectral Analysis of Electric Guitar String Materials, Ross MacFadyen

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Music of the Quantum Real: A Paradoxical Narrative Within and Without Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Theodore Macphail

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Otherwhere: Latinx Narratives of Otherspace, Asa Martinez

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Overcoming Adversity: Understanding Resiliency through Dance, Sophie McGhee

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“False Printed”: Textual Corruption and Authorial Construction in the Works of Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish, Kalie McGuirl

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Aus Ton und Feuer: an Exploration of and Dialogue with the German Expressionist Movement, Dana Miller

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Educational Opportunities for Children from Impoverished Communities in Myanmar, Nay Chie Moe Thet

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Love Letter to Pinterest: On Abjection, Illness, and the Feminine Labor in Care, Kayleigh Myer

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A Study on Ultrasonic Levitation and Particle Stability, Naol Negassa

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(Over)Medicalization of Pregnancy and Childbirth in the United States: Consequences, Repercussions, and a “New Age” Revolt, Lael Ngangmeni

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Prime-Generating Polynomials: Quadratics over norm-Euclidean Domains, Daniel Packer

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A Heart Knows When It’s Come Home: a musical about long-distance relationships, Danielle Pendleton

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Outliving the Matrix: Online Community and the [Re]Making of a Gendered Identity, Micaela Pereira

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The Science Teacher and the Theater: The Patty Dooley Experience, Georges Pichard

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I broke up with Edison (I’ve had enough), Matthew Stabile

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Turning Pebbles to Clay: A Cinematic Reconstruction of Integrity, Elle Stanion

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Loving Animal and Eating Their Flesh: Psychological Perspectives on Veganism and Eating Meat, Mira Tesla

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The Curious World of Paracosms, Danya Tracht

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Metabolic Reprogramming to Enhance the Efficacy of mTOR Inhibition in Colorectal Cancer, Madison Weber

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Process Notes: A Coming of Age, Claire Wegh

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Xiao Qu: Life behind Walls, Yi Xie

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A Study of Tropical Cyclone Genesis Indices with Poisson Regression Model and Their Relationship with Various Environmental Predictors, Jooyeon Yang

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The Onset of Oscillations in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction and the Brain: Chemical Modeling of Epileptic Seizures, Maisha Zahed

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Optimum Design of Dual Purpose Power Generation and Desalination Plants, Xinyan Zhang

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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Miles Abracosa

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nathan Alan-Lee

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Alec Allain

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Russell Allen

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zyaid Banihani

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rebecca Bhik-Ghanie

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sierra Cast

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Musical and Visual Representations of Gray Codes, Michael Chang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Dennis Chen

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Mo Constantine

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Mikaela Dalessio

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jaimee de Witt Bedford

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Haley Dionne

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Scheherazade Goertzel

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Hayden Gutt

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cameron Haas

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Andrew Ku

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Domination, Andrew Kunz

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Boqiao Lai

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Victoria Loughborough

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ross MacFadyen

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Theodore Macphail

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Asa Martinez

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Senior Thesis Proposal, William Mason

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kalie McGuirl

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Dana Miller

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nay Chie Moe Thet