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 2016

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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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The Effect of Hook Scarring on Angler Satisfaction on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, Benjamin Rich

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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

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The Human Cost of Failed Diplomacy: The Political Motivations Behind the 1994 United States-led Invasion of Haiti, Sydney M. Stivers and Sydney Stivers

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Applying an Ethical Framework and Stakeholder Analysis: Privacy Issues for a Start-Up Aerial Photography Company, Lindsey K. Trent

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The Current State of University Sexual Consent Education and the Sexual Consent Curriculum Proposal for NCBI, Victoria S. VandeLinde

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We Gon' Be Alright, Joel R. Weltzien Mr.

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Quantifying Effects of Quaking Aspen Silvicultural Treatments on Aspen Regeneration and Residual Growth, Philip W. Williams

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Decadal Impacts of Wildfire on Stream Food Webs, Rennie A. Winkelman

Artifact from 2015

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Choral Sound Ideal Utilizing Differentiated Instruction, Brigit A. Baglien

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Tell It On the Mountain: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Pastoral and Prophetic Styles of Leadership as Acts of Public Prayer, Breanna K. Barber

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Fatal Woman, Revisited: Understanding Female Stereotypes in Film Noir, Danielle L. Barnes-Smith

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EXPRESSIVE ARTS AS A MEANS OF INCREASING WELL-BEING IN CHILDREN, Danielle L. Barnes-Smith, Jordan Frotz, HanaSara Ito, Johannah Kohorst, and Emily Vascimini

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Petrology, Geochemistry, and Thermobarometry of Amphibolites in the Ruby Range, Southwest Montana, Brianna Berg

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"Trigger" for Change: Theatre as a Tool for Social Dialogue, Sydoney B. Blackmore

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Wolf-Cougar Co-occurrence in the Central Canadian Rocky Mountains, Ellen Brandell

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Understanding Visitor Experiences at the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Jessica A. Brown

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Dynamic Assessment: Speech Sound Disorders, Kylie M. Bull and Lauren E. Steinmetz

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History on the Pitch: The Social and Economic Impact of Professional Soccer in Postwar London, Shaun Bummer

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The Nature of Disconnect: Wilderness in the Face of Climate Change, Sarah Capdeville

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Linking Environmental Restoration and Stewardship in Colorado: Learning from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, Jordan Carper

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May You Walk in Beauty: The Decline of Navajo Land and Culture, Jocelyn Catterson

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Do Big Beetle Larvae Run Big Thermal Risks?, Nikita Cooley

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EFFECTIVENESS OF A VOLUNTEER TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN VIETNAM, Kyla Crisp

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Do Families Inspire, Joel Davison

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COMPARING THE EFFECTS OF DIATHERMY AND DYNAMIC STRETCHING ON HIP FLEXOR FLEXIBILITY AND POSTURAL CONTROL, Britt M. Dickman and Cali VanValkenburg

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The Influential Role of the Secretary of State's Office in the Pacific Northwest, Hailey P. Duffin

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Young Sceptics: The Role of Youth Voters in Increasing Euroscepticism, Chase J. Ellinger

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Written Language Sampling in Seventh-Grade Students, Sarah Fink

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FACEBOOK’S FALL IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA AGE, Sydney M. Gillette

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Using a Spiral to Estimate Spatial Lattice Model Parameters, Geoffrey Glidewell

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Examining Rewarming Trends Following Cryokinetics Using Different Cooling Modalities on Ankle Skin Surface Temperature, Nora Ifft and Jeffrey Spaulding

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A Monastery for the Revolution: Ernesto Cardenal, Thomas Merton, and the Paradox of Violence in Nicaragua, 1957-1979, Brendan Jordan

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Effects of Phonologically Related Words on Tip-of-the-Tongue (TOT), Sean Patrick Kavanaugh

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ANALYSIS OF MARKET DEMAND AND QUALITY OF INFANT TODDLER CARE PROGRAMS IN MISSOULA, MONTANA, Jennifer A. Keller

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The Use of RNA Interference to Mitigate Pulmonary Fibrosis in Response to Asbestos Exposure, Sarah Kinsey

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Why do Caterpillars Whistle? Acoustic Mimicry of Bird Alarm Calls in the Amorpha juglandis Caterpillar, Jessica Lindsay

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iPic: A Business Model Analysis, Jordan Lunsford

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RETINOIC ACID HYDROXYLASE INHIBITORS AS A NOVEL THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, Isabel M. Makman

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Yucca Dreaming, Mara K. Menahan

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Romantic Science: The Contributions of Goethe and Novalis to the Interconnection of Nature and Poetry During the German Romantic Period, Tylyn D. Newcomb

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Resolving the Western Chipmunk Phylogeny, Erin Nordquist

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Women’s Voices for the Earth: A Discourse Analysis of Gendered, Environmental Media Advocacy, Marit Olson

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Developing Microbial Biomarkers to Non-invasively Assess Health in Wild Elk (Cervus canadensis) Populations, Samuel B. Pannoni

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Dibe' Bikee' Deya: Following Sheep in Coal Country, Caitlin A. Piserchia

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Sexual Assault Reports to the Police: A Pilot Investigation of the Factors that Influence Victimization Reporting and Victim Perceptions of Police Responses, Hailey A. Powers

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Utilizing Mental Practice to Combat Performance Anxiety in Performing Musicians, Stephanie M. Quist

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Crop Swap Missoula: Food Waste and the Sharing Solution, Cathryn Raan

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Realizing Sustainability: Exchanging Concepts for Solutions, Kylie J. Rebich

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ANCILLARY CHALLENGES WITHIN THE HEALTH SYSTEM: EXPLORING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS IN MISSOULA, MONTANA AND KHAYELITSHA, SOUTH AFRICA, Rachael Schmoker

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Truth Commissions and Collective Memory in Latin America, Mona Schwartz

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ADVANTAGES AND CHALLENGES OF INCORPORATING VIRTUAL CURRENCY INTO SMALL BUSINESSES, Spencer Sheehan

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Global Response to Local Problems:The Global Health Community Response to the Ebola Outbreak of 2014, Nicole Thelen

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Comparing the Effects of Low-level Therapeutic Laser and Sham Treatments on Ankle Dorsiflexion Range of Motion and Pain Perception in Recreational Runners, Reegan Von Wildenradt and Tobias Johansson

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MARKET RESEARCH ON LOCAL CONSUMER DEMAND FOR NUT BASED SPREADS, Josephine M. Warner

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The Effects of Dual Language Immersion on Kindergartners, Carly E. Wilczynski

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MYSTERY IN THE MUSHROOM CLOUD: GOVERNMENT KNOWLEDGE AND PRESS COVERAGE OF THE CASTLE BRAVO NUCLEAR TEST IN 1954, Ben Woolley

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THIS IS NOT A TREND, Michael T. Workman

Artifact from 2014

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Mountain Roots: Artistic Inquiry Into the Science and Spirit of Mountains, Celeste Bickford

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The Effect of Farm Work on Self-Esteem in College Students, May Conley

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The Process of Creating Place-based, Environmental Children’s Literature, Rose Dickson

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Comparison of Instrumentation to Measure Air and Soil-Surface Temperature Variability in Northern Alaska, Katrina Keleher

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Wilderness as a Social Movement: Expanding Cultural Relevance in the 21st Century, Dylan Lang

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Depositional Environment of the St. Mary River Formation in Western Montana, Stacia M. Martineau

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Thought Diagrams, Rebecca Sinichko

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Comparing the Campaign Financing Patterns of Male and Female Congressional Candidates, Sara M. Thane

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The Inactivation of the Gene NF2 and Its Protein Product Merlin as a Mechanism of Malignant Mesothelioma, Ty Timmer