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46 Students Complete Honors

During the 2011-2012 academic year, 46 Hobart and William Smith students successfully completed Honors projects.   They were recognized, along with their advisers, at a Porch Party given by Acting Provost and Dean of Faculty Pat McGuire.  Their accomplishments were also noted in this year’s commencement program.

The Hobart and William Smith Honors Program allows students to complete work at the most sustained and sophisticated level available in the Colleges’ curriculum.  Qualified students take two or three self-designed courses that concentrate on the same project and are guided throughout their exploration by a faculty adviser.

In addition to the culminating Honors project, usually a research or critical paper or its counterpart in the creative arts, each Honors candidate takes a written examination in their Honors field and an oral examination that covers both the Honors project and the written examination.

Receiving Honors this year are:

Cory M. Andrews, English

A Doorknob, a Floor, or a Sister to Marry

Caroline Manring, Adviser


Wendi A. Bacon, Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Translating Stereotypes:  Accent in the Spanish Dubbing of Disney Films

Caroline Travalia, Adviser


Wendi A. Bacon, Biochemistry

Myeloma Cell Biology:  The Role of the Bone Marrow Environment in Promoting Myeloma Cells

Patricia Mowery, Adviser


Adam D. Brooks, Chemistry

Precipitating the Future of Technology:  The Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Molecular Wire Candidates

Christine de Denus, Adviser


Timothy H. Carter, English

The Subjunctive Life

David Weiss, Adviser


Sarah V. Cutts, Art History

Women’s Patronage in Rome:  Paralleling Anna Colonna and St. Teresa of Avila

Elena Ciletti, Adviser


Samantha M. Dighton, Writing and Rhetoric

Cyra de Berg:  A Young Adult Novel Chapters 1-5

Cheryl Forbes, Adviser


Nina E. Dotti, Writing and Rhetoric

Violence in Fiction:  Mapping the Language of Violence on the Page and in the Imagination

Cheryl Forbes, Adviser


Scott A. Earl, Economics

The Economics of U.S. Immigration:  A Literature Review and Synthesis

Elizabeth Ramey, Adviser


Daphney Etienne, Writing and Rhetoric

Imagining Haiti

Neeta Bhasin, Adviser


Isaias D. Garcia, Writing and Rhetoric

$wagonomics – The Financial Literacy Empowerment Electronic Textbook

Michele Polak, Adviser


Owen H. Henn, Sociology

Medical Sociology:  Diabetes in the United States as a Social Institution

Jack Harris, Adviser


Sara M. Hollingshead, Writing and Rhetoric

A Trail of Strips:  A Collection of Short Narratives

Cheryl Forbes, Adviser


Matthew P. Hursh, Public Policy

Affirmative Action:  Examining Its Validity in American Society

Craig Rimmerman, Adviser


Gina M. Iannitelli, Studio Art

Abstraction and Atmosphere–Exploring Spatial Relationships

Nicholas Ruth, Adviser


Patrick P. Kana, Studio Art

Production and Design:  Crafting a Chair in Light of 20th Century Modern Design

A. E. Ted Aub, Adviser


Rachel A. Kopicki, Classical Studies

Ancient Medicine:  Progress and Women’s Bodies

James Capreedy, Adviser


Kristen N. Kush, Chemistry

Molecular Wire Candidates:  Synthesis and Characterization for the Race in Technological Advancement

Christine de Denus, Adviser


Hunter  LaCroix, History

Blood in the Soil:  Conquest, Revolution, and War in the Caucuses

Derek Linton, Adviser


Katherine E. Levenstein, Writing and Rhetoric

AmaZINE women:  An Informative Online Zine about Young Women’s Health and Guidance for Healthful Living

Cheryl Forbes, Adviser


Yaoxin  Liu, Mathematics

A Mathematical Model:  Hepatitis B and Hepatitis D Co-infection

Jonathan Forde, Adviser


Constance H. Mandeville, History

Breezy Nature:  The Story of Elizabeth Smith Miller, Anne Fitzhugh Miller and Political Equality in Geneva, New York

William Harris, Adviser


Sarah E. Marlow, Philosophy

Find and Flourish:  Plato’s Theories of Education as a Potential Basis for Reforming Urban Education

Eugen Baer, Adviser


William R. McConnell, Sociology

THE SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF SUICIDE:  Exploring the Network Approach

Wes Perkins, Adviser


Mark C. McInerney, Economics

Financial Instability:  The Effects of Economics Trends on Financial Deregulation

Felipe Rezende, Adviser


Marcela S. Melara, Computer Science

ELARA:  Environmental Liaison and Automated Recycling Assistant

John Vaughn, Adviser


Jordann  Myers, Africana Studies

With a Touch of Make-Up 

Africana Womanism: A Case Study of Miriam Makeba

Thelma Pinto, Adviser


Caitlin R. O’Brien, Political Science

Toward a Better Democracy:  Non-Rational Political Engagement and  the American Democratic Structure

Paul Passavant, Adviser


Bevin M. O’Connor, English

Holding Ivory

Caroline Manring, Adviser


Mirel J. Oese-Siegel, International Relations

The CAPed Farmer:  The Common Agricultural Policy and the Commodification of the European Farm

David Ost, Adviser


Wade S. Perkins, Chemistry

Depsipeptidic Anticancer Natural Products and Analogs via Improved Latent Thioester Mediated Solid-Phase Methodology

Justin Miller, Adviser


Elizabeth A. Perry, Studio Art

Developing My Ability to See:  The Exploration of Success in Visual Relationships and  Development of a Voice in Painting

Nicholas Ruth, Adviser


Gideon V. Porter, Political Science

A Perfect Storm:  Why America Does Not Do More to Combat Poverty

Iva Deutchman, Adviser


Mary K. Posman, History

“Why Rochester?”  Jewish Refugees 1930-1950 an Anomaly in the Historiography of Guilt

Derek Linton, Adviser


Imani Schectman, Studio Art

Seeking the Self:  Reflecting and Reconstructing Female Identity

Christine Chin, Adviser


Emma E. Pierce Schell, Media and Society

Constructing Communities:  Non-Native Korean Drama Fans Online

Leah Shafer, Adviser


Lauren M. Schwarzenberg, Architectural Studies

Jogo:  An Educational Game for Literacy Enhancement

Kirin Makker, Adviser


Carrie A. Stevens, Writing and Rhetoric

FitFluence:  A Diet and Fitness Website

Cheryl Forbes, Adviser


Josephine P. Stout, Biology

The Genetics of Fruit Fly Eye Development:  Identifying the Critical Amino Acids of Sobp that Mediate Interaction with the Transcriptional Regulator Sine oculis

Kristy Kenyon, Adviser


Mirabelle F. Thevenin, Writing and Rhetoric

Miranda Rights:  Theory and Practice United States Supreme Court Case Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Cheryl Forbes, Adviser


Tra T. To, International Relations

BEWARE OF THE DRAGON:  Vietnam’s Foreign Policy Toward China

Jack D. Harris, Adviser


Jade D. Vasquez, Latin American Studies

Sin City:  The Real Life Story of Violence and Corruption in Ciudad Juarez

Brenda Maiale, Adviser


Shaun P. Viguerie, Computer Science

ISTAT:  Online Interface for  Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Analysis

David Eck, Adviser


Melissa M. Warner, Russian Language and Culture

“Date with a Bird:”Translating Tatyana Tolstaya

Kristen Welsh, Adviser


Elizabeth J. Wasmund, Religious Studies

2011 – A European Declaration of War:  A Religious Studies Approach to Understanding Anders Breivik’s Path to Kill

Richard Salter, Adviser


Mary M. Williamson, Art History

Snake/Skin:  A Study of the Transformation of Women into Reptiles in Japanese Narrative Art

Lara Blanchard, Adviser


Chuan Wu, Art

Landscape Perceptions

Nicholas Ruth, Adviser


Also being recognized this year is


Shelby M. Pierce, International Relations –  completed  honors in 2010-2011

Language from the Barrel of a Gun:  Understanding the Lord’s Resistance Army Beyond the Western Press

Prof. Kevin Dunn, Adviser