Undergraduate Research Projects that culminate in a thesis or professional paper are intended to provide students at the University of Montana with a substantial capstone experience that encourages them to work diligently and creatively in collaboration with a faculty mentor over an extended period of time. These projects challenge students to draw on knowledge and life experiences that they have attained throughout the course of their education, and apply them to an in-depth investigation of the chosen topic.

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Theses/Professional Papers from 2018

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Glycerol utilization during nutrient stress in the Lyme disease bacterium, Bethany Crouse

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The role of glycerol utilization in the Lyme disease spirochete, Bethany Crouse

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Climate Change: Our Adaptive Future in the Columbia and Mekong River Basins, Cassidy D. White, Alex Braun, Brandon Lowry, Thiago Cardoso, Hannah Tibke, and Lauren Swett

Theses/Professional Papers from 2017

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Iggy Azalea’s Dialectal Disguise: A pursuit of power through speech and privilege, Caroline JH Allen

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Indigenous Representation in the Media and the Importance of Personal Narrative, Rehana E. Asmi

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Badass Beauties: The Culture of Rebellious Femininity, Natalia L. Boise

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How do Stream Confluences Influence Aquatic Invertebrate Taxonomic and Functional Diversity?, Jeremy Brooks

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Identifying Gentrification: The Case of Portland, Lindsey M. Buck

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Atlassian: Analysis and strategic recommendation, Ryann M. Carlson

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Assessing Written Narratives: Current versus Theoretical Practices, Megan Chamberlin, Michelle Tatko, Marissa McElligott, and Savannah Lovitt

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The Traffic of Native American Women, Nasrin M. Chaudhry

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The E. coli Protein YbgL: A Novel DNA Repair Enzyme?, Mason H. Conen, Brooke D. Martin, Kent Sugden, and Savannah Whitfield

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Blacklight Symphony No. 1, William J. Cook

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Characterization of RNA aptamer binding to Rift Valley fever virus nucleocapsid protein, Ilona C. Csik

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Helca Mining Company, Claire Dalman

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Just Warfare, or Genocide?: Oliver Cromwell and the Siege of Drogheda, Lukas Dregne

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Molecular Biology of a Surface-Exposed Protein Family of Bartonella Bacilliformis, Hannah Fay

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Building Community through Mindfulness and Equine Connection, Alyssa Fusco

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Habitual Intravenous Drug Use and the Connection to Self-Medication in the Missoula County Area, Meaghan Gaul

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Editing: The Value of Quality Content in an Online-First Industry, Megan Giddings

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Gingers On Ice, Jacob R. Godbey Rev.

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An Analysis of Outside Investment Strategies to Aid Nations in Mitigating the Risk Posed by Natural Disasters, Jared Halvorson

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Linguistic Imperialism and Volunteer English Teaching: A Neo-colonial Practice?, Sarah K. Hamburg

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Ruined, Hannah I. Higgins

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A Reflection on My Writing Process, Madison R. Hinrichs

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Defining an Agency: Animals, Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service, Ellen A. Ipsen

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Satirical Perspectives: A Cross-Cultural Comparison, Mariah Johnson

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The Effect of a Bait-administered Sylvatic Plague Vaccine on Non-Target Small Mammal Survival, Emily K. Leonhardt

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Meat for Missoula: Educating Our Youth on Sustainable Meat Production Practices, Amelia R G Liberatore

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Shifts in Gendered Rhetorical Style, Mackenzie Lombardi

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The Rest of the Story, Mackenzie M. Martin

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Nitrogen Pulses and Competition between Native and Invasive Plant Species, Nicolas Matallana, Mandy L. Slate, and Ragan M. Callaway

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RESPONDING TO SOIL FUNGAL COMMUNITIES: A LOOK AT INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI AND THE COMMON YELLOW MONKEYFLOWER, Mariah McIntosh

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The Development of Feminism in China, Augustine Menke

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Protectors of Hegemonic Masculinity: An Analysis of Gun Legislation and Masculinity, Claire Michelson

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Protecting Players While Protecting the Integrity of the Game in Youth Soccer, Aspen Peifer

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Glucocorticoids and parental effort in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor), Mackenzie Prichard

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Cultural Considerations for Teaching American Indian Students, Corlin P. Reed

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Analysis of 3-Dimensional Movement Kinematics of Rising from Supine: Implications for Bed-Fall Detection, Brielle E. Rolle

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Eigengrau: A Novel, Jesse N. Rowan

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FACTORS INFLUENCING BODY CONDITION IN CABINET-YAAK ECOSYSTEM BLACK BEARS, Caleb M. Schwartzkopf

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Global Grizzlies 2016: Arusha, Tanzania, Madison R. Schwarzkoph

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They Called It Patriotism, Darla C. Shelton

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Fuel Utilization in Response to Two Commercially Available Beverages During Exercise in the Heat, Keagan Shillington

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Raising Cultural Awareness in Undergraduate Students through an Online Pen Pal Program, Jenny-lin Smith, Mackenzie Lombardi, Rehana Asmi, Madison Hinrichs, Kayla Robertson, Lindsey Buck, and anna reid

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3-Dimensional Movement Kinematics of Rising from Supine: Implications for Fall Detection, Ashlin G. Staso

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Global Leadership Initiative: Global Sex Trafficking with a Closer Look at the Role of Technology in Trafficking, Sara Stockett, Claire Michelson, Megan Perry, Anastacia Crowe, Olivia Schuler, and Nasrin Chaudry

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ANCIENT DNA EXTRACTION FROM STONE TOOLS, Clare Super

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Using Thermal Infrared Imagery To Estimate Soil Hydraulic Parameters: A Novel Approach, Matthew B. Thomas

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Why did the Walleye Cross the Reservoir? Explaining Adult Walleye Use of the Missouri River Upstream of Canyon Ferry Reservoir to Toston Dam, Tanner M. Traxler

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Comparing changes in fuel loading, tree regeneration, and forest structure in once- and twice-burned mixed-conifer forests with a before-after-control-impact case study in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Wyatt W. Trull

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A Generation of Katnisses: The New Power of Female Protagonists in Young Adult Dystopian Literature, McKenzie K. Watterson

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Purification and Functional Analysis of Glycerol-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (GlpD) from Borrelia burgdorferi, Zhibing Zhou

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The Role of RNase Y in rpoS Transcript Processing in Borrelia burgdorferi, Zhibing Zhou

Theses/Professional Papers from 2016

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Influence of fine sediment on Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) egg survival and spawning habitat suitability, Ian R. Anderson

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The Effect of Fluid Volume and Temperature on Physiological Strain and Performance in the Heat, MaryAnn E. Beach

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Sentiment Expression on Twitter Regarding the Middle East, Byron Boots

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PURIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF BROMOCRESOL PURPLE FOR SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC SEAWATER ALKALINITY TITRATIONS, Taymee A. Brandon

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Phenotypic and Genetic Analyses of Adaptation to Geothermal Soils in Yellow Monkeyflowers of Yellowstone National Park, Peter Breigenzer

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To Jump or not to Jump: Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Crossing Decisions, Emily N. Burkholder

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The Effectiveness of the Foreign Student Orientation, Jo Ann Choong

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Little Rebecca, Rebecca Collins and

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The Pioneer Spirit: Missoula Entrepreneurship, Joseph Desch

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Stigmatization: The Effect of the Montana Meth Project on People Who Use Meth, Sophia L. Friedl

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Strengthening Elementary Students' Understanding of Factors, Jordan R. Frotz

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Heath and the Homeless Population of Missoula: “Housing First” as a Solution, Marissa S. Ginnett

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A Literacy Photostory: Improving Classroom Literacy Instruction, Melanie Goeddel

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Customer Awareness Study for Cherry Berry and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Missoula, Montana, Kayla Gonzales

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GrizCode: A Web Series About The University Of Montana From The Student Perspective, Darien W. Gostas

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Comanagement Between Federal Agencies and Native American Tribes: Applications and Lessons, Rachel Grabenstein

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Technology and the Impoverishment of Experience: An Insight through Heidegger and Marcuse, Brenna C. Gradus

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Effects of Priming the Concept of Luck on Task Persistence, Koryn R. Haight

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Seasonal Dimorphism in Gastropod Hatchling Size: What Can We Learn from Egg Mass Morphology and Deposition Site Conditions?, Lily A. Harrison

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Mental Health and Public Education, Katrina E. Hoggatt

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Micromotion Reduction and Barium-Ytterbium Ion Chains, Andrea Johnson

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“Are There Any Girls There?” Empowering Excursions and Gender Role Subversion in Dungeons and Dragons, Rachel M. Just

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The Effects of Compost and Polyacrylamide Hydrogel on the Re-Vegetation of Eroded Southern Aspects in the Western Rangeland, Allison R. Klocke and David A. Stein

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We’re All Stressed, It’s College: An Exploration into the Perceptions of Stress Among College, Shelby Lambdin

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The Effect of Feedback on Long-Term Retention, Elaine Marshall

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Anxiety Through Art, Brianna McLean

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Therapist, Heal Thyself? A Study of Self-Care Practices among Therapeutic Service Providers, Ashton H. McMullan

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A Musical Exploration of Astrology, Cecily Meade

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Motor Control of Force Output in Fresh and Fatigued Muscle Fibers, Jennifer L. Miller

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Causes and Spatial Patterns of Predation on Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) Nests Along Hudson Bay, Neil Moore

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Montana K-8 Teacher Preparation in STEM, Jeanette Murnane

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Analysis of Pre-Med Success, Bryanna Ogger

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Discordant Classification of Transposable Elements in Segmental Duplications Raise Concerns About Subfamily Definitions, Gilia R. Patterson

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"Any Other Immoral Purpose": Media, Scandal and Federal Inaction in Caminetti's America, 1912-1918, Jennifer R. Pepprock

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Defining the Problem of Consent Education In High School Across the United States, Julia Read

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A Novel Approach to Estimate Nest Abundance of Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri), Kaitlyn M. Reintsma

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A New Home: An Empirical Analysis of Pull Factor Influences on EU Asylum Applications, Dawson Reisig

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Hip Flexor Extensibility and Its Correlation to Hip Hyperextension and Lower Back Pain in Dancers, Tessa Richards

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Performance and Analysis of Poetry and Music in Art Song, Claire Robertson

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Slam Poetry: An Online Intervention for Treating Depression, Spencer J. Ruchti, Mercedes Becker, Cara McKee, Austin Herron, and Alex Swalling

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A Study on Stress and Aromatherapy Intervention Efficacy, McKinley J. Sangwin

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Immoral Women In French Literature: Portraits of Women in Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' Les liaisons dangereuses and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Hannah R. Schultz

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Stock Splits: An Analysis of Firms Based on Pre and Post-split Nominal Share Price, Cody A. Sevier

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Missoula’s Homeless Children: Effects of Homelessness on Mental, Emotional and Social Health, Sarah L. Shapiro

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The Communicability of Nature, Meg E. Smith

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Is Montana’s “24/7 Sobriety Program” Deterring Drunk Drivers?, Jessica C. Stevens