Archive for March, 2014

Storm Water Retention Pond Viral Metagenome Analysis

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Last summer, my lab partner Faraz Rahman and I spent 7 weeks collecting and processing water, sediment, and soil samples  from the storm water retention pond (aka wet retention pond) in the Longhill Grove community over the course of Tropical Storm Andrea. By the end of the summer, we sent off our purified and concentrated […]



Anterior and Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the Developing Central Nervous System of Xenopus laevis

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For my project I will be investigating early embryonic development in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. My project will focus on the neural plasticity of Xenopus embryos; I will study how early embryonic tissue can repair or regenerate itself an…



Abstract: An Investigation of Resources Available to Transgender College Students

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The transgender population is one that is overlooked in a lot of ways, and as a result, I feel that I should use my privilege as a non-transgender student to fight for their support from college administrations. The intention behind my project is to cr…



Abstract: Synthesis of Ligands in Copper Metal-Organic Complexes

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This year I have been involved in a research lab with professor Pike in which we have been exploring molecules for use as ligands in copper complexes. Metal-ligand complexes come in an infinite variety of arrangements and often have useful properties. …



Abstract for “Using Art to Advance Environmental Advocacy”

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As an environmental studies and government double-major and an artist and art aficionado, I’m fascinated by how art can be used as a component of environmental advocacy. I will begin my project by investigating the most important and least well understood issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay and exploring how these issues affect local residents. I […]



The Neurochemical Processes behind Food Addiction in Humans

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

During my research this summer, I will investigate the neurological aspects of food addition. I plan to examine the ways in which certain neurochemical responses to food are similar to those associated with other substance addictions.  I will begin by analyzing the relevant mental processes that occur in animals, particularly rats and mice.  However, my […]



Abstract: Symbolism of the Berlin Wall in the United States

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

To many people today, the Cold War is an era cleanly divided between two ideological giants, the United States and the Soviet Union. Representing this conflict is the Berlin Wall, a structure who’s symbolism continues to resonate with millions of people around the world. A recurring theme throughout politics is how state leaders manipulate events […]



Case Studies of Media Responses to Research: Abstract

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I intend to examine how scientific studies are treated in various news outlets and other forms of media. If people are casual observers of news about scientific research, it seems that most of what they will learn will be sensationalized or…



Property Rights for Muslim Women in India

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This Summer I will research Muslim personal law in India, specifically property rights, and its effect on gender equality for Muslim women in India. Personal law covers such areas as marriage, divorce, property rights and other family relations and, in India, is governed by religious laws. Although supported by classical Islamic law, women’s property rights […]



Regulation of the Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis: Abstract

By • Mar 30th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Rhizobia are soil bacteria that form specialized nodules on the roots of legumes. Within these structures, rhizobia convert atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia, which can be used by their plant hosts. In exchange, legumes provide rhizobia with nutrition, a…