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

Theses/Professional Papers from 2018

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Face Perception and Identification, Audrey Aamot

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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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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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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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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

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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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The Success of Bottled Water: The Hidden Costs Hurt Us and the Environment, Cassandra Sevigny

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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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Examining Drivers Of Phenotypic Variation In The Perennial Herb Showy Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosa)., Kira I. Sussman

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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

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Strategic Recommendation for Evertec, Inc., Talia Zook

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