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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cleo Hardt

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Miranda Herreid

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Georgiana Janko

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Tingao Jiang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Benjamin Kaza

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Joey Kim

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Molley Knight

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ezra Lee

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Erika Leigh

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Junyu Liu

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zara London-Southern

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nathaniel Madison

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Adishri Saisha Manan

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Julia Mendez

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Angel Mendez Rivera

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Wynona Meyer

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Stone Mims

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kai Naor

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Roop Pal

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Adam Paykin

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sophie Petters

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Andrew Phennicie

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Tereza Pitman

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Coco Raymond

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Hadassah Riemer

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Conor Rowan

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Daryn Rust

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cassiel Sabin

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Joshua Salama

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sam Scott

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Bruna Shabazz

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Maxx Shabazz

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rachel Shi

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Heidi Singe

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Corinne Stanley

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ben Steiz

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Allana Tyson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Hannah Walker

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Avi Wershba

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Xiao Qu: Life behind Walls, Yi Xie

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Chengcheng Xin

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Shirley Xu

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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