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Theses from 2022

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Postcolonial Pakistan in Mohsin Hamid’s Novels: Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Reda Ansar

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Effectiveness of Photoactivated Chemotherapy on Glioblastoma, Than Thar Aye

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The Gamification of Well-Being, Matthew Barnes

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Characterization of MEMO1 interactions with Estrogen Receptor alpha and c-Src, Catherine A. Bayas

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The effects of Effort-Based Reward (EBR) training and chemogenetic activation of the lateral habenula on behavioral and neuroendocrine responses in stressful contexts, Janhavi Bhalerao

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Towards Asymmetric Mannich Reactions and Alkylation of Indoles, Bianco Bicalho

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Crime Pays: How Black Americans Became Central to the Carceral State, Will Brooks

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Individual Differences in Processing of Garden-Path Sentences: The Role of Obsessive- Compulsive Personality Traits, Antonio Cardoso

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Assessing the Efficacy of CITES Restrictions on Malagasy Rosewood, Nicholas Cargill

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Testing the Influence of Arginine Methylation on Ded1’s Protein-Protein Interactions, Andrew Cook

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Designing Democracy: A Normative and Empirical Analysis of Redistricting Reform, Morgan Deckert

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The Emotional Mechanisms of Altruism Born of Suffering, Mia Dini

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Examining the evolutionary trajectories of the ADH1B*2 and ADH1B *3 alleles in modern human populations, Elizabeth Z. Duan

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Parents in the Pandemic: Comparison of Employment Changes and Effect of Covid School Closures on Working Parents, Katharine Encinas

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Investigation of the Effects of Resveratrol and Epigallocatechin Gallate on Woodsmoke-Induced Inflammation, Sarenna Naomi Enright

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Do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives Cause More Harm Than Good?: Extending Research to the Domain of LGBTQ+ Discrimination, Lindsay Everhart

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The Effect of Rhetoric on Progressive Health Care Reform Policies’ Public Perception, Megan Geher

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Towards the Synthesis of 2,3-dihydroisoxazoles from Ketones and N-benzyl Nitrones, Ramsey Goodner

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An Evaluation of the Other Race Effect through the Attentional Blink, Sophia A. Hardten

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The Cut Off Price of Taking the Vaccine, Sipeng He

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Falling for Moses: The Role of Stroop Inhibition and Language Expertise, Isabella Holmgren

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The Dual Pandemic of 2020: Rhetorical analysis of how American COVID-19 elite messaging, enabled by the monster trope, justifies cultural violence against A/AAPI., Haley A. Hom

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Friendship in a Pandemic: Test of an Experimental Intervention to Boost the Protective Effect of Friendship Quality, Hyewon Hong

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Calls to Action Impact: Consumer Behavior and Attitudes Regarding Factory Farming, Haley Huamani

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Peoples’ Perception of Race-Based Microaggressions as a Function of Their Background and Beliefs, Emily Huesman

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Noble Pagans and Satanic Saracens: Literary Portrayals of Islam in Medieval Italy and Iberia., John Spencer Jones

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The Paradox of the UN: A Council of, by, and for the Permanent Five, Sandeep Kumar

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Blurred Realities: AIDS Plays as Activism, Maya Lieberman

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Il complesso allontanamento di Boccaccio dal Cristianesimo e dal Giudizio, Olivia Jane Lomax

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Investigating the Relationship between Classroom Sense of Belonging, Friendship Quality, and Peer Victimization., Addi Mansini

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Demographic Disparities in College Students’ Psychological Adjustment During COVID-19, Anna Marston

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Focus on Hyperfocus: How ADHD Symptoms Impact Difficulty with Disengagement and Inattention, Cameron McKendrick

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Error Monitoring & Clinical Perfectionism: Relation of Neural Processing to Two Proposed Dimensions of a Standardized Assessment, Claire McLam

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Bystanders Without an Excuse: On the Moral Duty to Revolt, Meghna Melkote

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Understanding Racial Bias Toward Physicians: The Role of Patients’ Preference for Hierarchy, Charlotte Moynihan

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Quasar Luminosity Correlations, Sydney Mutchnick

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Barriers to Care, Depressive Symptoms, and Moderating Factors among Patients with ESRD, Amarachukwu O. Nwangwu

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Does civic engagement predict moral behaviors? A test of moral theories, Ally Osterberg

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Coercion or Influence? Ethical Strategies Leaders Should Use to Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake, Olivia Podber

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The Effect of Early Cross-race Socialization on Black Lives Matter Attitudes, Elizabeth Popovich

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Grieving Experiences of Undergraduate College Students, Alexia V. Rehling

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Halogen Bonding: A Computational Chemistry Investigation of the Interaction between Thyroid Hormone and Deiodinase, William Rice

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The Effects of Effort-Based Rewards on Emotional Resilience: A post-hoc analysis of cholinergic function, Kelly Saverino

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Perceptions of Microaggressions and Support for Black Lives Matter (BLM) and All Lives Matter (ALM), Kayla Schiltz

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Developing Provably Robust Explanation Methods for Image Classifiers, André Shannon

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Structural Encoding of Faces and the Influence of Autistic Traits in the Typically Developing Population: An N170 Study, Cam Smith

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Recessionary Effects on Transfer Fees in European Professional Football, Pierce Snyder

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Estimation of pure B power in polarized CMB data via Gibbs sampling., Joseph Sterling

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Moctezuma and the Emergence of Sixteenth-Century New Spain’s Historical Dialogue., Charlie Tabor

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Adolescent Author’s Notes: School, Family, and Social Identities in On the Come Up, We Contain Multitudes, The Poet X, and Octavian Nothing, Sejong Lee Takenaka

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Synthesis and Study of Unsymmetrical Bidentate Bis(phosphino)pyrrole Ligands and Their Transition Metal Complexes, Julia F. Vidlak

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Stigma and Anxiety as Barriers to Help-Seeking Among University of Richmond Students, Allison Walters

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Anatomical Structure of the Petiolar Pulvinus of Euphorbia hypericifolia (Euphorbiaceae), Meredith Wang

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The Effect of the Black Lives Matter Movement On American Attitudes, Isabelle Warren

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Does ADHD Strengthen the Relationship Between Depression/Anxiety and Avoidance?, Ryan Wigginton

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The Socioeconomic & Environmental Factors Influencing Prevalence of Zoonotic Pathogens in Rats: A Meta-Analysis, Katelyn Wing

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Economic Predictors of Democratic Backsliding: A Comparison of Populist and Non-Populist Leaders, Jacob Winter

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Environmental Repercussions of the Strange Fruit: The Implications of our Enslavement on Modern Black Experiences with Nature, Indya Woodfolk

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The Impact of Segregation and Desegregation Policies on Academic Achievement of Black Students in Delaware Public Schools, Kayla Woods

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Analysis of Chinese Contemporary Young Females’ Attitudes and Experiences toward Menstruation and Feminine Products, Du Yi

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Hometown Diversity and Race Essentialism: The Role of Interracial Friendship Quality, Junming Zhang

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What Does “Avoidance Mode” Feel Like? The Association Between Avoidance Awareness and Negative Affect in the Moment, Mamie Ziegler

Theses from 2021

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The Effect of Color Morph on Behavior Interactions in Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus), Taylor M. Aliferis

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The Ethics of Collegiate Coaching and Eating Disorders, Alexandra Beran

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The effect of Ce3+ on Pseudomonas Putida motility and biofilm formation, Emily Marie Breaux

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Authors of Identity: Negotiating Press and Personhood in the Jewish South, 1893-1899, Rowan Cai

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Stereochemical Control in Suzuki Cross Coupling Reactions of Acyclic (Z)-beta-haloacroleins, William Carrick

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Redstockings Remembered: Class-Consciousness, Whiteness, and the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1960-1980, Maggie Castelli

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BERT Argues: How Attention Informs Argument Mining, Ting Chen

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Neurobiological and anxiety-like behavioral outcomes of perinatal lead exposure in male and female rats, Allison Choe

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Synthesis of modulators of the MEMO1 protein-protein interface, Joann Chongsaritsinsuk

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Responsible Belief- An Interpersonal Approach, R J. Conk

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A Rhetorical History of Black Studies: Black Power & Epistemology, Kayla Corbin

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In-Person vs Telephonic Interpretation: A Case Study from the Perspective of Providers and Interpreters at a Virginia Free Clinic, Lucy Cummins

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Overdose Prevention Sites Placement Informed by Simulation, Jing Dong

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The Death Penalty: Attributability, Accountability, and the Capacity for Self-Correction, Julia Feron

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Research Towards Understanding Hox Regulation by Cdx, Joshua M. Fisher

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‘She is not a woman, but a metaphor’: Power, Gaze, and the Female Dancer in Modernist Poetry and Dance, Karen Fleming

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Power and Performance: The Role of Witchcraft in the Leadership of Queen Elizabeth I and James I of England, Sabrina Garcia

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Speech and Sovereignty: A Kantian Defense of Freedom of Expression, Alec Greven

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Geographic Differences in Cold Stress Recovery and Growth in an Invasive Forest Insect, Petra Hafker

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Religious Tolerance and Anti-Trinitarianism: The Influence of Socinianism on English and American Leaders and the Separation of Church and State, Keeley Harris

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Social Connectedness and Psychological Difficulties, Kelsey Hengerer

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Understanding Model Reasoning in Automated Speech Processing Systems with LIME, Xiaodi Hu

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On “The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility”, Dan Jaques

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Identity for Development: India’s Biometric ID Program and Access to Public and Private Services, Meher Kaur

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Something Like A Romantic Comedy, Grace Kiernan

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“Wild Solidarity”: Allen Ginsberg, Psychiatry, and the Poetic Self in Howl and Kaddish, Elizabeth Madison Gabrielle Kiser

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Understanding Model Reasoning in Automated Speech Systems: Implementing a Prototype Explanation System Using the LIME Method, Vadim Kudlay

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Adhering Homogeneous Molecular Electrocatalysts Entrapped in Micelles to Electrode Surfaces, Emily Kuhlmann

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The Intracellular Journey and Life of Sodalis glossinidius, Katrina Kuhn

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The Commercialization of Crime Solving: ethical implication of forensic genetic genealogy, Hannah Lee

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Investigation of the Effects of Curcumin on Woodsmoke-Induced Inflammation, Melissa Lewis

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When They Lost Their Words: The Impact of Microaggressions and Exclusion on Chinese International Students’ Linguistic Capacity and Leadership Emergence, Kexin Li

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Due Sistemi Universitari a confronto: L’Università degli Studi di Verona e la University of Richmond, Madison London

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“There Is No More Sacred Place:” Healing and Faith in Chaplaincy and Religious Hospitals, Annalise Mangone

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The Effects of Mental Illness Mindsets on Stigma and Support for those with Mental Illness, Allison R. Margolis

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Committee Organization in the Virginia General Assembly, Genevieve Markee

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Associations between college students’ social media use and psychological well-being during COVID-19: is gender a moderator?, Allyson R. Marrinan

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TRAK proteins encode distinct MIRO-dependent and MIRO-independent mechanisms for associating with the mitochondrial outer membrane, Lili Mitchell