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 2020

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All That’s Left- A Marriage of Panic Disorder and Dance Research, Ciara M. Gentry

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Effects of Slope upon Hind Limb Kinematics in Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar), Anna T. Kenney

Theses/Professional Papers from 2019

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Effectiveness of Lure in Capturing Northern Bog Lemmings on Trail Cameras, Keely Benson

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Looking Past, Looking Forward: America's National Parks, Archaeology and Climate Change, Rachel Marie Blumhardt

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The Effect of Perception Biases on Associated Value of Stimuli, Jordan Broussard

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Eating Insects: A Community Action Toolkit, Lily X. Chumrau, Charlotte Langner, Freya Sargent, Ellen Sears, and Mary McCormick

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Acquisition of Differential Object Marking in Argentine Spanish, Laura Cornelisse and Pablo E. Requena

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Student's Self Discovery of Right Triangle Trigonometry., Elizabeth DeReu

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Strategic Plan Paper: J Crew, Ellie Elizabeth Hanousek

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Biotic and Abiotic Associations with Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) in the North Fork Flathead River Basin in northwestern Montana, USA and southeastern British Columbia, CAN under current and future climate scenarios., Kadie B. Heinle, Lisa Eby, Clint Muhlfeld, Vincent D'Angelo, Amber Steed, Andrew Whiteley, and Mark Hebblewhite

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Estimating Juvenile Recruitment of Elk in an Occupancy Modeling Framework, Mateen A. Hessami

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Davidson Honors College Students Prematurely Declare Major Studies Prior to Entering College, Noah P. Hill

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Flipped: The Lives of Those with Mental Disorders, Teresa K. Hoskins

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Canis Lupus (Gray Wolf) Pup Survival in Yellowstone National Park, Anne Marie Jehle

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Rates of Water Loss and Metabolism in the Eggs of Stick Insect Eurycantha calcarata, Garret K. Jolma

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To “Speed into the desert leaving no trace”: Sociocultural Anxieties as Manifested Through "Empty Spaces" in The Tempest and The Sheltering Sky, Dusty Keim

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An Old Man's Eulogy, a Young Republic's Hymn: Weimar Patriotism and the Murder of Walther Rathenau, Ronan Kennedy

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A Hydrogen-Bond Stabilized Mechanism of Oxygen Evolution in Photosystem II: A Proposed Computational Experiment, Christopher King

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The Impact of Terrain and Other Factors on Wild Fires, Matthew L. Kingston

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Analysis: Influence of College Environment in Terms of Development and Maintenance of Healthy Adulthood Eating Behaviors, Carly Knudson

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Obesity in Postmenopausal Rural Women: Clinical and Psychological Prevention and Treatment Techniques, Julliette T. Lucas

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Health Safety and Security for New Student Orientations, William M. Malloy

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Effects of Climate Change on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Public Health Implications in Western Montana, Tiffany Matthews, Benjamin Hickey, Sydney Qualls, Max Enger, Ella Baumgarten, and Ronan Kennedy

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Effects of PAG1 on Src-family kinase trafficking in neuroblastoma cells, Makenzie E. Mayfield

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Sex Education Materials for Blue Mountain Clinic, Laurel Naylor

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Small Scale Living, Jake Pennington, Bailey Carpenter, Mark Trepanier, and Fiona Bean

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Through the Eyes of Locals: A Changing Climate in Bolivia, Jacob D. Rex

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Western Cider CRM Implementation & Data Migration Project, Greg Rosbarsky, Jesson Preston, Yannick Schmidl, and Thomas Wartick

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Social Isolation and Loneliness and the Experience of Gratitude and Affection, Elizabeth Sholey

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Systems of Sex and Gender Misinformation in Biological Education, Lily Summer

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The Flow: Educate. Empower. Change, Kirsten Tucker, Shaylee Ragar, Madison Haynes, Lea Graham, and Monica Paul

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Inquiries of Entomophagy: Developing and Determining the Efficacy of Youth-Based Curriculum, Dakota Vaccaro, Kaitlyn Anderson, Lauren Clark, Ellie Gluhosky, Sarah Lutch, and Spencer Lachman

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Planned Change Process: Case Study and Presentation, Emma Woodring

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To Feel Better: A Personal Account of my Eating Disorder, Savannah Kate Woods

Theses/Professional Papers from 2018

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Face Perception and Identification, Audrey Aamot

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The Relationship Between Racing Experience and the Ability to Adhere to a Race Plan, Erika Ackerlund

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Camera Traps in Wildlife Research: Through my Lens, Bryson P. Allen

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Language Use in Totalistic Social Groups, Emily H. Allen

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Analysis: The Boeing Company, Steven C. Allen, Kady Bartsch, Kaixuan Yang, and Katlyn Yelsa

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Honors Capstone Poster: Does the Metabolic Cost of Load Carriage Differ Between Males and Females?, Katherine Berglund

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Missoula Community/Children's Theater - Tour Logistics, Addison W. Boyer

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Exploring the role of a novel RpoD protein in Borrelia burgdorferi, Bethany Crouse

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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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A Comparison of Traditional American, German and French Oboe Reeds, Nicole Evans

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PEDAGOGY OF PITCH IN L2 BLACKFOOT, Naatosi I. Fish

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Honors Capstone Novel Writing Reflection, Cheyenne Goetz

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After All the Dreaming: On Student Leadership in the Montana University System, Chase Greenfield

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Barnes & Noble: Business Analysis, Wendy Gregory

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Improving Students’ Understanding of the Nature of Science: Exploring the Development of Argument Construction by Collaborative Reasoning in Secondary Classrooms, Kari Hinkle

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Theatres Across America, Sophia Holter

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Healthy Heart Project, Emily Hurst

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Ninemile Sod Transplants and Willow Monitoring, Colton W. Kyro, aeriel Lavoie, Casey Goff, and Tanner Pedretti

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The Impact of Outdoor Education on Health, Tessa A. Leake

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Children bear consequences of Montana's failure to treat mothers: DHC Capstone, Alicia Leggett

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JWCable Website Redesign, Parker T. Lund

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Extreme smoke events: climate change and human health in western Montana, Sarah Luth

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Food For Thought: Eating Habits of College Freshmen Examined Through the Socio-Ecological Model, Malia T. Morris Ms.

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The Earth's Magnetosphere, Soren Ormseth

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Rocky Mountain High: An Investigation of Downhill Snow Sports and Marijuana Use, Silas Phillips

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The Effect of Accountability on Dialectical and Elaborative Complexity, Gavin W. Ploger

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Stress Less with Art Therapy, Delaney M. Rogers

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Place Based Science & Climate Change Lessons for Middle and High Schoolers, Maizie Smith

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How to Properly Assess Eyewitness Testimony, Kendra L. Sorensen

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Field Measures of Wilderness Character for Bitterroot Recommended Wilderness, Bitterroot National Forest., Carly Stinson

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Quantifying False Positives in Avian Survey Data, Kaitlyn M. Strickfaden

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Spatial Patterns of Winter Roadside Gray Wolf Sightability in Yellowstone National Park, Jeremy SunderRaj

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A Reflection on a DHC Senior Project: "Silvie Danger", Breann Watterson

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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

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Fantasy versus Reality: A Twenty-First Century Film Series to Explore How the Absurdity of Alternate Realities Affects the Individual in the Audience, Courtney Wunderwald

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Blaming the Victim: Deconstructing María de Zayas's Feminism, Jennifer Zundel

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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Successful Interventions: Identifying and Influencing Key Variables, Braeden J. Campbell

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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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Factors Influencing Mountain Lion Kill Rates Across Three Ecosystems in the Americas, steven cross

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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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University of Montana Students and the Gardasil Vaccine, Markie C. Glidewell

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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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Detecting Regional Groundwater Discharge to the Clark Fork River, Melinda Horne

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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