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 2015

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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

Theses/Professional Papers 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

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Creating a New Literature: Shimazaki Toson's Poetry and the Japanese Literary Reform Movement, Grace E. Yon

Theses/Professional Papers from 2013

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City on the “River of Awe”: An Historical & Observational Study of Missoula’s Urban River Greenway, Sandra Burch

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To Save the Last Tree: A Case Study of the International Tropical Timber Agreements, Kendall Houghton

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The Figuration of Phantoms: Helens from Homer to Walcott, Claire Mikeson

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In Vitro Particle Exposure To United States Southwestern Sand Dust, Cassandra Moog

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A Comparison of Sexual Minority Youth Who Attend Religiously-Affiliated Schools and Their Nonreligious School-Attending Counterparts, Brandon Stewart

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Wasted Women: Modern Oppression in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", James Warwood

Theses/Professional Papers from 2012

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Disruptive Innovation in Agribusiness, Tyler McGee

Theses/Professional Papers from 2011

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How Do We Keep a Distance from Our Subjects, While Creating In-Depth Stories?, Heather Kay Ericson

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Corn and Culture: The Influence of Zea mays across Cultural and Historical Boundaries, Ginny Marie Mueller

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From Fur Baby to Chick Magnet: A Sociological View of Dogs and Their People, Ariel Teresa Leigh Petersen

Theses/Professional Papers from 2010

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Un film sentimental para tus ojos: El cinematógrafo en la poesía ultraísta de Lucía Sánchez Saornil, Vera Ruth Jones