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Recoding Anarchy: a Summer-y Summary

By • Aug 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi all! This is my last post about my Monroe project this summer – challenging the assumption of anarchy as a foundational concept of international relations. While I didn’t make as much headway as I’d hoped to, a lot of my effort was still well-spent (if misguided) and will guide my research for my thesis […]

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Recoding Anarchy: a disorganized ending

By • Aug 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi all! At the end of this summer, my project has not come to quite the ending I’d wished for. Initially, I had planned to do my readings throughout June and July, working on a write-up in August. But by this point, I find that I am still moving around parts of my outline, not […]

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Recoding Anarchy: going down the rabbit-hole(s)

By • Aug 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi all! One of the fascinating points of exploring this project has been an incredible wealth of side articles, arguments, and resources that I’ve found…for my thesis. I didn’t anticipate this as an outcome mainly because I had been thinking of this project as entirely unconnected from my thesis, as this project was grounded in […]

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Hierarchy and Anarchy in the Far East: reframing my research

By • Aug 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! This summer has been a whirlwind, and one that I’ve really used to delve into the literature that lays out the critical, competing grand theories of international relations (IR) as a field. My project centers around reframing a central paradigm of international relations theories: the idea that states exist in an anarchic international […]

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Prospectus: Hierarchy and Anarchy in the Far East

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Through my research, I aim to theorize about the formation of a hierarchical system of international relations in the Far East where Chinese empires entirely dominated the balance of power in the region, and argue ultimately that the assumption of anarchy in international relations does not hold true for all regions at all times. My […]

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Summary and Conclusions

By • Aug 28th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the course of this summer, I invested a full month of research into attempting to verify the identity of the reporter plasmid – and I failed to do so. In fact, I showed rather conclusively that the plasmid was not, in fact, the backbone that we had been led to believe it was. Interestingly, […]



Analysis and Disappointment

By • Aug 26th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As a quick reminder, my project is working to create a tool that can eventually be used to correlate transcription and translation within a cell (whether the number of mRNA transcripts correlate directly to the eventual concentration of protein output). I intended to use a reporter plasmid to track the concentration of protein, while thinking […]



Restructured Research

By • Aug 5th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Despite originally planning to work with X. laevis embryos this summer, my research took a new turn when the summer actually started. Now I am working towards a completely different goal: instead of looking at embryonic development and life, I’m looking at phages, which are viruses that can kill bacteria. Specifically, our lab is interested […]



Going back to the basics: determining cell fate acquisition in X. laevis

By • Apr 1st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One of the most interesting questions in development is how cell fate can be determined. While it is widely understood that genetic material is passed down through DNA and controls the possible states of any given cell, the idea of patterning a whole organism is far more complicated to pass down, especially when every organism […]