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 2024

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Assessing Lipid Composition of Cell Membrane in Escherichia Coli Under Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditions, Isabelle Johnson

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Sheela na Gigs: Pagan, Power, and Protection, Ruby Ann Loeffelholz

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Development of the Right to Privacy in Montana Discourse and the Montana Constitution, Scott A. O'Donnell

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How Phonological and Syntactic Overlap Impact Cognate Processing Speeds in Bilinguals, Ella Marie Peterson

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Student-Athlete Mental Health: University of Montana Case Study, Abigail M. Sherwood

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The Missoula Senior Center, Fifty Years of History 1970-2020, A Narrative, Mark L. Spring

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Healthcare Workers with Attitude: COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Their Work-Related Attitudes, Quinn M. Sybert

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Built Ford Tough, Again: Does each generational group of consumers associate the new Ford Bronco with positive feelings of nostalgia?, Liv R. Wilson and Emily J. Plant

Artifact from 2023

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The Inflation Reduction Act and the Supply of Electricians, Hanna Antonsen and Lily Simko

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Understanding the Drivers of Body Condition in Female Elk: Implications for Nutritional Ecology on Changing Landscapes, Nicole P. Bealer

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Firewise Landscaping: Homeowner Knowledge, Behaviors and Educational Preferences, Kendal Beauvais, Rowan Grassi, and Frederick Gleasman

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The Old One and La Mer, Karter Tod Bernhardt

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Bear Smart UM: Creating a University Campus Safe for Bears and Students, Kailie Blanco, Eliana Lowe, Nieset LeFevre, Kailie Todd, Ridley Hudson, Joshua Moyar, and Emily Cook

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The Links to Cancer: How Golf Became Dangerous and What We Can do to Save the Game, Meredith Boos

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Welcome to the Farm, Elani Ben-Gabriel Borhegyi

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Community Outdoor Recreation Realization Pilot Review and Recommendations, Ashley Castro, Jazzelle Elias, Grace Friend, Lisa Spang, and Grace Walhus

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Evaluating the Effect of NIL Laws on College Athletic Department Revenue, Dylan C. Cherullo

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The Role of SERCA in Neural Development and Brain Tumors, Hannah M. Christman

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Pixel Tracking and UTMS: A Study of Nintendo Co., Ltd., Samantha S. Clevenger

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The Nurologist's Cookbook, Clint Francis Connors

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Advancing Methods of Diet Analysis: A Case Study Using Degraded Merlin (Falco columbarius) Prey Remains, Taylor A. Coon

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Predators in Paradise: Ecotourism and Predator-Prey Dynamics in Monteverde, Costa Rica, Andrew Cremeans

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Group Cohesion and Mentorship in College Education, Kylie Ann Crist

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Technology in the Classroom and its Impacts on Student Achievement, Vivian Cummins

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Brave Spaces, Radical Openness, and Youth Loneliness, Taylor Curry, Mariah Thomas, and Riese Munoz

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Community Cultivation: Understanding the Value of the Partnership between Garden City Harvest and Missoula County Public Schools, Lyris Daker

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Critical Exhibition Methods in Museums, Jaimie Davis Ms

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Comparing American Retail Pharmacies to Italian and Greek Retail Pharmacies, Shea C. Dolan

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Shifting Once Again, Hannah Dusek

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Barriers to Outdoor Recreation for Marginalized Groups at the University of Montana, Sabine R. Englert, Beatrix Frissell, Adrienne Liebert, Sophia Rodriquez, Margaret Jensen, Rachana Harris, and Abby Doss

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Determining species-specific false-positive rates using visual and auditory cues: a case study with sagebrush steppe songbirds, Amelia K. Evavold

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Return, Shasta Hecht

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Assessing the Efficacy of Beaver Dam Analogs in Willow Restoration, Hannah Hill and Dylan Ritter

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Creating a business plan: RestReviews & Luxr Facilities, Avery Holden

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Self-saturated, Maja Holmquist

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Seamus Jennings Solo Transcription Project, Seamus Jennings

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“Principles which constitute the only basis of the Union” : Virginian Beliefs during the Nullification Crisis, 1832-1833, Sean Elliott Kellogg

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Eating Disorders and Autism: A Network Approach, Lillian C. King

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Telomeres: a Tool to Assess the Impacts of Mining Contaminants on Riparian Songbirds, Lillian Krach, Bridger Creel, Megan Fylling, Zac Cheviron, and Creagh Breuner

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Medical Waste Day, Kayla Leavell, Lauren Tucker, Wyatt Walters, and Kayla Leavell

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A Comparison of Divergence in Non-Introgressing Genes Across a Chickadee Hybrid Zone, Eliana K. Lowe

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Landscape Influences on Microclimate and Forest Growth Cessation in a Semiarid Montane Forest, Fin A. Malone

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Depictions of Strikes on Social Media, Zachary D. Mangels

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Perceived Post-Graduate Job Prospects of University of Montana Wildlife Biology Students​, Andrew C. Marriner

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Climate Change Education: How can we teach climate change to create agency rather than anxiety with outdoor education?, Kennedy-Anne Hokulani Marx

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Law student’s educational experiences and perceptions of legal abuse, Kylie K. Mckittrick and Julie Olomi

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Career Research Framework for University Students and Recent Graduates Interested in Nonprofit Sector Employment, Reed Miller

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External Analysis of Avis Car Rental: Impact of External Factors on Business Operations, John R. Milton

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Honors Capstone- Analysis of Service Quality Index (SQI) Programs in the Rental Car Industry, Brandon Nally

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Rethinking Trust, Reconnecting Us, Jacob Owens, Connor Dunlap, Seth Carmichael, Ben Brodhead, Reed Lindsey, Colin McLean, and Elle Wilgus

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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: How Hunting Affects the Diel Activity Patterns of Ungulates in Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Shawn M. Parsons

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Analyzing the Accessibility of Sports Facilities in Missoula, Montana, Quinn T. Peacock

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Analyzing the Accessibility of Sports Facilities in Missoula, MT, Quinn Tricia Peacock

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Your Friend, Wildfire, Elizabeth Riddle, Aubrey Frissell, Mackenzie Weiland, Katherine Wendeln, Rory McLaverty, and Lillian Hollibaugh

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ANALYZING EFFECTIVE WEBSITE DESIGN LITERATURE TO DEVELOP A STANDARD SCORECARD, Karlyn Sanchez

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Employee Satisfaction at Avis-Budget, Dylan Sandau

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Fly Fishing's Gift, Steven Kincaid Von Smeltzer

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For Women of Missoula: Menstruation and Refugees, Bella M. Spencer

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The Beauty and the Beast: Beauty and Misfortune in Maria de Zayas’s Novellas, Clarise Ann Sviatko

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Beyond the Pacific: Chinese Women and Habeas Corpus at the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Lauryn Nicole Tecca

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Effects of warming and drying on the survival and performance of giant salmonfly nymphs (Pteronarcys californica), Kailie Todd

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Blackstone LaunchPad University of Montana Strategic Analysis/Jacob Treece Honors Capstone Report, Jacob R. Treece

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Kept Things, Caroline J. Tuss

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A Document Based Question on the Civil Rights Movement, Brenna Renae Utzman

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Strong Little Minds: A Children's Introduction to Mental Illness, Teresa Irene Vick

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Just Be- The Fabulous History of the Drag Musical, Benjamin George Wambeke

Artifact from 2022

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The Ecological Consequences of Horizontally Transferred Nitrogen Fixation Genes in Cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina, Jacob J. Baroch

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The History and Conflicts of the Montana Environmental Policy Act, William Oliver Borghesani

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Cardiopulmonary and Cancer Rehabilitation, Erica E. Braig and Aubree L. Osier

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The Effects of Climate Change on Six Bird Species Across an Elevational Gradient, Emily Casseday

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The Economic Obstacles to Electric Vehicle Adoption in Montana, Lily B. Duray

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Every Artist is an Advocate: An autoethnographic analysis of how higher education imposes artist advocacy, Noah R B Durnell

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An analytical framework for quantifying seasonal molt plasticity in snowshoe hares, Grace Erba

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Honors Capstone - Magazine Production (Byline Magazine), Joseph Abraham Evans

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Mapping of Microseismic Aftershock Sequences Following the 2017 Lincoln, Montana M 5.8 Earthquake, Reyer M. Fenoff

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Indigenous (Mis)Representation: Implications for the MMIWG2S Epidemic, Desi Greer, Jillian TopSky, Danara Greer, Chloe Burnstein, Emma Swartz, and Sam Severson

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The Unexpected Movements of Tennis: Breaking the College Expectation to Conform Through Dance, Isabella Mae Kasper

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QUEST Capstone 2022- Making Missoula's Communication More Effective, Lorelei Keith, Brooke Nicklay, and Noah Gilder

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The Shape of Faith: Understanding God Through Pottery, Kenton Ke

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Caution in Stalin's Wake: Perspectives of American Leaders, Keegan Sorelle Lundman

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Pulmonary Response to Exercise, Woodsmoke, and Acute Sleep Deprivation, Aidan DA McCloy, Joseph A. Sol, and John C. Quindry

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How Perfectionism Plays a Role in Eating Disorders Among Dancers, Jenna R. Mitchell

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Making Relief Real for the Most Vulnerable: Securing Housing for Overlooked Communities by Improving the Administration of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Nathaniel L. Morin-Ferguson

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Netflix Strategic Business Analysis, Kegan L. Morris

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A comparison of predicted and observed ocean tidal loading displacements around the Puget Sound, Tanessa Caitlyn Morris

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Winter Wings: An Introduction to Environmental Education, Samuel G. Mothner

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Mitigating the Damaging Effects of COVID-19 Isolation in the Elderly, Hailey Powell, Addie Slanger, Mazana Boerboom, Brenna Spurling, and Maria Goheen

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Measuring The Effects of Pre-Exhaust Training Using Electromyography, Zephaniah S. Pratt

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Assessing the accuracy and deficits of popular drug-interaction software programs in detecting interactions between cannabis and pharmaceutical drugs, Nathan C. Ramsbacher

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Analysis of Bass Lines Played by Ray Brown and Charlie Haden over the Blues Form, Kyler W. Rebich

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Adult Female Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribillis) Abundance and Distribution in Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Region 2, Emily E. Ruta

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The Relationship Between Food Retailers and Distributors, Madison Seigler, Julia Anderson, Aidan Morton, Cassandra Williams, Victoria Bloomgren, and Jacob Tutty

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Wilderness Ideology: Understanding the 1964 Wilderness Act and Wilderness Recreation, Allison Simko

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City of Missoula Partnership Project: Supporting the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Petra Leah Slater

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Different Versions of Myself, Anya Smith

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Medication Use Evaluation: Enoxaparin per Pharmacy Protocol and the Use of Anti-Xa Monitoring, Kinsey A. Smith

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A COMPARISON OF WILDFIRE ADAPTIVE TRAITS IN JUVENILE CONIFERS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES, Andie Sonnen

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Understanding Caribou Population Cycles, Jack R. St. John

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Managing "Culturally Significant" Land: The Badger-Two Medicine Area as a Case Study, Ava Sweet, John Nicholas Mills, Dante Filpula Ankney, Adison Thorp, and Hayden Blackford

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The Future of Food Production at UM: Learning from the Past & Envisioning the Future of Campus Gardens, Elizabeth Todd