Theories of the Relationship Between Economic Inequality and Conflict: A Review of the Literature

By: Julianna Sterling ’23, an International Studies and Economics major, and French minor. The following work was created for POL 201: Theories of Peace and Conflict. Brief description: Intranational and domestic policies are frequently formulated on assumptions of economic and political theories, especially using theories which claim causational relationships exist between economic inequality and conflict….

Mitigating Risk While Maintaining Community: An Examination of the Effect of the Rise in Antisemitism on the American Reform Jewish Community

By: Kat DeSantis ’22, a Political Science and Philosophy major. The following was created for the Roy Ans Research Fellowship on the Study of Jewish Life and Thought at Washington College. Brief description: “Mitigating Risk While Maintaining Community: An Examination of the Effect of the Rise in Antisemitism on the American Reform Jewish Community” examines…

STEM in Politics

By: Iyonna Young ’22, a Business Management and Political Science major, and Spanish minor. The following work was created for POL 390: Political Science Internship. Brief description: Have you ever noticed that your congressperson may not actually have a thorough or complete idea about the science behind much of the legislation they present? STEM and its…

Featured Artist: Aryanna Horan

By: Aryanna Horan, and Art & Art History major and Psychology minor. The following works were created for ART 271: Intermediate Painting. Artist Statement: This is a simple still life for my Intermediate Painting class. We had to choose a few objects to draw using chalk pastels, so I went into the kitchen and selected…

Editor’s Note: A Farewell

To the readers of the Washington College Review: After three years of working on this journal—two of them at its helm—my time with the Washington College Review has come to an end. I joined the staff as a freshman, working as Associate Editor for Media and Design under Caroline Harvey ’17, who spearheaded the revival of the journal…

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…