Undergraduate Research Projects that culminate in a thesis, professional paper, or other culminating artifact 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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Artifact from 2021

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Culture Connect: Diversity Resource Toolkit, Anna Potter, Abby Nurvic, Danika Bosch-Greer, Delaney Slade, Erin Landis, Mollie Lemm, and Kelsey Noble

Artifact from 2020

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Deep-Rooted Knowledge– Generations of Traditional Medicine, Sydney R. Akridge

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Development of a System for Transposon Mutagenesis of Bartonella bacilliformis, Finley J. Andrew, Michael F. Minnick Ph.D., and Linda D. Hicks

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HIIT-ing the Books: University Student Time Allocation and Exercise, Teigan Nicole Avery

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Kim Williams: Professionalizing Domesticity in Montana and Abroad, 1923-1986, Emmett Ball

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On Angels’ Wings: Idolatry in Viktoria Tokareva’s “Five Figures on a Pedestal” and Lyudmila Ulitskaya’s “Angel”, Courtney E. Bentz

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Legal Interpretation, Mykaila Ashlynn Berry

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Solitary Solidarity: Vignettes of the Appalachian Trail, Noah L. Booth

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Lyft Inc. Company/Industry Valuation, Amy Braig, Mariah Skiftun, Breanna Harmer, and Molly Frichtl

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Incomplete: The Prevalence and Impacts of Spinal Cord Injuries for Individuals, Reece G. Brandon

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Death in Reverse: How Cinema of the Eastern Bloc Documented the Fall of Communism and How it Upended the Normal Course of Death, Both Literal and Metaphorical, John Samuel Brown

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Mindfulness in Education as seen by Educators, Elizabeth Buening

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BUTTE, AMERICA: POOR PRACTICES OF THE RICHEST HILL ON EARTH, Shannon Buswell

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Re-Interpreting a Complex Maya Burial at Tutu Uitz Na, Justine Marie Bye

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Outcome Measures for Chronic Cough: A Literature Review, Sarah Campbell

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THE EFFECT OF FAMILIARITY ON TRUTHINESS JUDGEMENT, Karina M. Carlson

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Utilizing Pre-Professional Students to Address Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Missoula, Maren J. Carlson

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Missing: An abandoned daughter searches to fill the inner emptiness, Marnie Michelle Craig

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Best Therapeutic Practices for First Responders, Hannah DeBellis

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The Psychological Undertones for Delayed and Non-Treatment Seeking Behavior After Concussion, Nicholas G. DeBellis

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The Great Turning: A Call for Systems-Thinkers, Gabriella M. DeMarce

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Building a Dragon, Bethany C. Down

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School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist Collaborative Practice: A Literature Review, Kaija R. Elenko

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Temperature effects on moose (Alces alces) activity patterns in Isle Royale National Park, Isabella C. Evavold

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Strategic Plan Presentation: Boeing, Mary E. Fewer

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Detecting Groundwater Discharge in the Clark Fork River near Stone Container Using Spectral Alpha Decay Detection for Dissolved Radon in Surface Water Samples Abstract, Daniel William Forsland

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

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Management Business Analysis of Zillow, Madison B. Gordon Ms., Abbey Turner Ms., and Logan Reid Mr.

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Leaf Choice by Salmonfly Nymphs (Pteronarcys californica) in Western Montana, Emily L. Hamant, Art Woods, and James Frakes

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APPLYING DIFFERENTIATION TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION, Kathryn Rose Heryla

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

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Sex Education For All, Victoria Koch

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Wildfire and Community Resilience, Lily P. Lang

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Loss for Words: An Investigation of the English Nature Vocabulary, Margaret C. Luthin

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The Evolution of Dragons, Laura J. Mayfield

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Progress and Patriarchy: Female Students at the University of Montana, 1918-1922, Natalie D. Mongeau

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Exploring Effects of GPS Processing on Atmospheric and Hydrologic Pressure-induced Crustal Responses, Cody T. Norberg

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Stage Management of Dance In Concert 2019, Kaylee Osentowski

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Gender is a Drag: A Study of how Drag Performance Affects Awareness the Communication of Gender, Kaylee "Artie" Peters

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Internal and External Analysis of GrubHub, Anne Mari Petrino

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Green Home Montana: Eco-friendly Housing and Living Practices - Artifacts, Nicolas Ray Ream, Karlyn Roberts, Savannah Willison, and Dylan Trent

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Implementing Eco-Friendly Housing Techniques in Western Montana: Green Home Montana: Eco-friendly Housing and Living Practices - Final Capstone Portfolio, Nicolas Ray Ream, Karlyn Roberts, Savannah Willison, and Dylan Trent

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Away from Eurocentrism and Towards Inclusivity: An Asian History Curriculum for Secondary Education, Kelli Adelle Rosenquist

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Dialect Divisions in the Treasure State, Noah I. Rummel-Lindig

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The Journey Home, Roy W. Savage JR

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Inaccuracy mentalizing humans predicts greater mentalizing of nature and technology, Kali Taylor

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Lessons from Leaders: Mainstreaming corporate valuations of impacts and dependencies on nature, Carmen L. Thissen and Jakki J. Mohr

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Internal and External Analysis of Zillow, Abbey Turner, Madison Gordon, and Logan Reid

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Funko Inc Strategic Recommendation, Emily L. Wade, Braden Loyola, Noah McDuffie, and Hong Shen Lee

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Phillis Wheatley and Judith Sargent Murray: Revolutionary Founders in Women’s Political Activism and Women’s American Literary Tradition, Rebecca L. Warwick

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Bottom-up Herbivore-Plant Feedbacks Trump Trophic Cascades in a Wolf-Elk-Grassland System, Trevor C. Weeks

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Global Leadership Initiative Capstone, Carly Zilge, Canyon Hohenstein, Claire Everingham, Bailey Carpenter, and Sarah Wells

Artifact 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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Difference in Physical Traits of Rocky Mountain Tailed Frogs in Burned and Unburned Streams, Daniel M. Franz

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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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The Impact of Depression on Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Aphasia who Participate in an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP), Harley B. Kincheloe

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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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Investigating a Macro Level Trial Tax: An Analysis of the Relationship Between a Circuit's Plea Proportion and Median Sentence Length in U.S. Federal Courts, Denise LaFontaine

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Trends in Opinion Writing & Consensus: the Roberts Court, Marti Auburn Liechty

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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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Barriers to Implementing a Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban in Missoula, Tess Elizabeth Parker

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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

Artifact 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