Archive for November, 2012

Stevens in Contemporary Culture

By • Nov 30th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

About two months ago, as election season was bearing in, the journalist Michelle Dean wrote an article called “What Mitt Romney Might Learn from Wallace Stevens,” and which was promptly sent to me by about four different friends who knew about my thesis. Later in the month, buzz began about Poetry magazine’s centennial anthology — The Open Door:…
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As the semester is coming to a close

By • Nov 30th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

…and exams are getting closer and closer, it’s been difficult to juggle all the work with my classes and doing consistent work for the thesis. But none the less that does not prevent me from consistently thinking about it. Soon I’ll have time to translate that mental theorizing onto paper. Interestingly enough though I’ve been…
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GSA Recap and End of Semester Goals

By • Nov 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all!  This month was very exciting, because I spent the better part of a week in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Geological Society of America’s national conference (GSA).  I submitted an abstract on my thesis research to GSA in August and was accepted to present a poster during the conference, so I spent the…
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An Adventure with E-Prime

By • Nov 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Research this semester has been an enlightening and frustrating experience. The majority of my time was spent developing a program on E-Prime. I went into this semester with no knowledge of E-Prime, yet thought the program would easy enough to design, hopefully in little time. What I learned instead was that what appears to be […]



An End In Sight

By • Nov 26th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As November comes to a close, my research and writing is complete.  I’m currently reviewing my thesis and making final edits and revisions, but for the most part, it is finished!  My thesis defense is in the second week of December and that will mark the official end to my extensive research process. I will…
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On Doing Things the Hard Way

By • Nov 18th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before participants can show up for our current study, they must fill out a long and somewhat tedious series of questionnaires. What awaits them when they overcome this trial and walk into our lab? An interviewer, administering a questionnaire. To an outside observer, the setup seems absurd: Why not have participants take the questionnaire online? […]



Subject Variables: Going the Distance

By • Nov 6th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

When research is discussed, it almost goes without saying that we focus on the content: the theories being examined, the the long term implications, and so on. In research methods courses, we’re taught to think about things like how to operationalize a variable and how to conduct good background research. Amid all this, we frequently […]



The Thing About Polymers….

By • Nov 5th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The thing about polymers is that they can be very hard to make well.  I won’t bore you with the whole statistical analysis (though you can take Polymer II if you’d like to know) but polymer synthesis doesn’t operate quite like other chemical reactions.  In most reactions, if the amount of each reactant you add…
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Wait, it’s November!?

By • Nov 5th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Yeah…so blogging on time seems to be a shortcoming of mine. I shall try to post again in November to make up for October. Or maybe I’ll just post like 6 in April to throw everyone off their game (joke). My research isn’t going so well. I am incredibly busy. I have started the interviewing…
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October Updates

By • Nov 2nd, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Happy (belated) Halloween! It is remarkable how time can fly when you are absorbed in your research. As I sit here in my house in Colonial Williamsburg, I look upon this past month with contentment. I was able to complete many of my transcriptions, acquire microfilm reels from UNC-Chapel Hill through interlibrary loan, and delve…
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