Archive for April, 2015

The Effects of Low-Dose Mercury Exposure on Cognition in Zebra Finches

By • Apr 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Mercury is a well-known and deadly toxin, but it only becomes bio-active when it is converted to methyl mercury. This typically is done in bodies of water, where anaerobic organisms modify the mercury to convert it. In it’s bio-active state, methyl mercury becomes toxic, and is also know to bio-accumulate. This means that the higher […]



Team Light Skin Versus Team Dark Skin: Understanding the Black Color Complex through a System of Inequality

By • Apr 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Oh Hey! My Name is Ebimene Doubeni or Ebi for short. I am a double major in Africana Studies with a concentration in African American Studies and a Government major. After, college I plan to go to law school and become a civil rights attorney, which is…



Graph Packing: modeling real-life matching problems

By • Apr 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! My name is Fangyi Xu. I go by Lulu. I am a mathematics and psychology double major at the college. I have been working in the Eating Behaviors Lab in the Psychology Department, and I decided to explore fields in graph theory with my advisor Professor Yu. I am really excited to start my…
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Effect of the SabA protein on stomach colonization by H. pylori

By • Apr 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, my name is Catherine and I can’t wait to formally begin my honors thesis! I have been working in my lab for three years already and I am looking forward to extending my project and wrapping it all up into a thesis. My project will focus on Helicobacter pylori, which is a stomach bacteria…
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Evaluating Administrative Efficiency at the College

By • Apr 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I will be investigating and evaluating the efficiency of the administration at the College of William & Mary through an analysis of the division of the administration into smaller administrative units (e.g. Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Office of Procurement, the Counseling Center, etc.), as well as the assigned role and associated […]



Splitting Proteins: Understanding Fragmentation Mechanisms of Lysine-Containing Tetrapeptides

By • Apr 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! My name is Zach, and I’m excited to begin my Chemistry Honors project: Advances in molecular biology and genetics research leading to the sequencing of the human genome have sparked new investigations into understanding the proteomes of humans and other organisms. For my honors project I will study the mass spectrometric fragmentation mechanisms of…
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An Analysis of Gender and Online Political Discussion

By • Apr 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

If you’re familiar with social media, then you’re familiar with the internet rage machine. The phenomenon of internet rage– or online political discussion as I will be calling it–works like this: It starts off with an innocent tweet or Facebook post about a political point of view or a current event. Depending on the political…
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Abstract: Characterization of Graphene Oxide Loaded Thermoplastic Polyimides

By • Apr 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello!  My name is Patrick Smith and I am a Chemistry major here at the college.  First off, I want to say thank you for all of the support that has allowed my honors fellowship to become a reality.  I cannot wait to get started! Polyimides are a class of high performance polymers that have…
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Abstract: Predator-prey interactions on the coast of Maine

By • Apr 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Most marine animals develop in open water, where they are safe from abundant bottom-dwelling predators. However, many marine animals lay egg capsules within reach of these predators, rather than directly releasing embryos into the water. My research will investigate why this method of development persists and how marine animals maximize reproductive success. This work will…
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Paddlefish filter-feeding techniques: influences on conservation and industrial filtration

By • Apr 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, my name is Hannah Brooks, and I am junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Marine Science. This summer, I will be researching the mechanisms that paddlefish, an endangered species,use to filter-feed. To do this, I will use preserved paddlefish and a new recirculating flow tank already present in Dr. Sanderson’s lab. The paddlefish…
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