Evolution of Privacy, Data Policy and Internet Advertising in the United States

Senior Capstone Experience by Tatiana Baughman ’20 Submitted to the Department of Business Management Advised by Dr. Caroline Le Bon Description: My research examines social media advertising in the context of social norms and government policies over the years. It serves to inform people about the history of data collection, and hopefully bring attention to the use of personal…

STEMI Treatment Analysis and Current Research

Senior Capstone Experience by Jameson Brown-Padien ’20 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Aaron Krochmal Abstract: “S-T segment myocardial infarctions (STEMI) are a common root cause of cardiac arrest. The condition is characterized by its altered electrocardiographic recording in which the S and T waves of the heart’s composite rhythm are elevated; indicative of lower left…

Multi-Class Image Classification Using Machine Learning

Senior Capstone Experience by Robert Clark ’20 Submitted to the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science Advised by Dr. Kyle Wilson Short Description: Dr. Wilson and I created an image classifier to classify images of traffic signs, with a final validation accuracy of 94.1%. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the utility of image classifiers, help readers…

Ni pa’ Buitres, ni Corruptos: [Lack of] Democratic Legitimacy and the Anti-Austerity Social Movement of Puerto Rico

Senior Capstone Experience by Gaviota Del Mar Hernández Quiñones ’20 Submitted to the Department of Political Science Advised by Dr. Christine Wade Abstract: “Since 2006, the Puerto Rican debt crisis has severely crippled the local economy, causing politicians to implement austerity — or structural adjustment reforms — to the already outdated economic and development model of Puerto Rico. Nevertheless,…

Viney Intricacies: Medusa & Eve’s “Wanton” Gardens in Paradise Lost

Senior Capstone Experience by Sophia Grabiec ’20 Submitted to the Department of English Advised by Dr. Katherine Charles Description: “Milton’s gardens operate as portals into his ideological understandings of Puritan and Catholic paradigms & constructions of women figures. “ Contributor Bio: Sophia graduated in the spring of 2020 and is now an M.A. student in Georgetown…

Dream or Scheme: The Operations, Internal Communications, and Appeal of the American Dream in Multi-Level Marketing Companies

Senior Capstone Experience by Jenna Follin ’20 Submitted to the Department of Business Management and Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Caddie Putnam-Rankin and Dr. Alicia Kozma Description: “This thesis explores what Multi-level Marketing Companies (MLMs) are, how they function, and how these companies impact both their customers and distributors. The study…

Spatial Analysis of Economic Recovery in Appalachia in the Post-Recession Period: A Senior Capstone Experience

Senior Capstone Experience by Lauren Frick ’20 Submitted to the Department of Economics Advised by Dr. Lisa Daniels Abstract: “This study describes how economic trends in Appalachia from 2007 to 2019 differed from the nation during an unprecedented period of economic expansion. We used summary statistics to compare trends in unemployment, per capita market income, and poverty in the Appalachian…

We’re Here and We’re Queer: An Ethnographic Study of the Queer Community at Washington College

Senior Capstone Experience by Emily Kreider ’20 Submitted to the Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Alicia Kozma Description: The following project, centered in queer theory, explores the concept of metronormativity, its historical context, and its impact on the lives of queer rural youth. It examines how cultural bias towards urban settings has otherized rural areas to…

The Impact of Restored Mangrove Forests on Fishery Populations and Biodiversity

Senior Capstone Experience by Max Lambert ’20 Submitted to the Department of Environmental Science and Studies Advised by Dr. Jillian Bible Description: “As mangroves are being destroyed around the world, numerous efforts have been undertaken to restore mangrove forest. This paper analyzes the data surrounding mangrove restoration, examining if restored mangrove forests are an effective…

An In-Depth Look at Cytoreductive Surgery Paired with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Senior Capstone Experience by Alexandra Lee ’20 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Jennie Carr Abstract: “Cytoreductive surgery paired with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy is a relatively novel technique used to treat various forms of cancer, including ovarian cancer, gastric adenocarcinoma, and peritoneal carcinomatosis. Cytoreductive surgery is performed by surgically removing visible tumor…

The Biological Effects of Proton Minibeam Therapy on High-Risk Tumors

Senior Capstone Experience by Ellie Lienert ’20 Submitted to the Department of Physics Advised by Dr. Karl Khem Abstract: “It is fairly typical for most cancer patients to undergo radiation therapy at some point during their cancer treatment and recovery process. Radiation therapy targets malignant tumor sites with a high energy concentration in the form…

Craft and the Corporation

Senior Capstone Experience by Maura West ’20 Submitted to the Department of Business Management Advised by Dr. Michael Harvey Abstract:  “Traditional crafts have been both a method of subsistence and an integral part of human culture for thousands of years, if not longer — in fact, some of these crafts even date back to prehistory. Recently, there have…

Guerilla Warfare: Representing the Other in Contemporary Art Museums

Senior Capstone Experience by Casey Wolhar ’20 Submitted to the Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Alicia Kozma Description: “Guerilla Warfare explores issues surrounding representation of women identifying and non-male artists within contemporary art museums. Through a literature review, I investigate disparity of representation, how this can be built on institutional bias and…

The Politics of Rhetoric: Reagan’s Rhetorical War on Nicaragua

Senior Capstone Experience by Victoria Cline ’19 Submitted to the Department of English and Department of Political Science Advised by Dr. Sean Meehan and Dr. Christine Wade Description: “This thesis explores the linkage between Reagan’s foreign policy toward Nicaragua and the rhetorical patterns he used to communicate this policy in public addresses during the years…

Southwest Native American/White Interaction: History as told by Archaeologists, National Park Service, and Native Americans

Senior Capstone Experience by Nicole DeWitt ’19 Submitted to the Department of Anthropology Advised by Dr. Julie Markin Description: “I completed research in the Southwest that explored the dynamics of race relations between Native Americans and White Americans in museum settings and how this affects the content produced by federal agencies to the public. I…

The Meaning of Art is Lost: A Manifesto

Senior Capstone Experience by Rachel Frebert ’19 Submitted to the Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Alicia Kozma and Prof. Heather Harvey Description: “My project, The Meaning of Art is Lost is a visual thesis that focuses on how the experience of art is based within commodity fetishism as an aesthetic object. I…

The Chester River as a Source of Nitrous Oxide to the Atmosphere

Senior Capstone Experience by Catherine Gaudlip ’19 Submitted to the Department of Environmental Science and Studies Advised by Dr. Rebecca Fox Description: “After introducing the definition and effect of a trace greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, the paper suggests the Chester River is a source of nitrous oxide to the atmosphere through data collection and analyses…