Laken Brooks

Shakespeare's Patriarchal Woman: Internalized Misogyny in Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, and Two Noble Kinsmen

 

“In Renaissance England, social standards dictated what behavior was appropriate and expected for people of different genders. Women faced a lack of representation in comparison to men in Shakespeare's lifetime; moreover, throughout the Bard's work, nonconforming women are either wed or dead (metaphorically or physically) by the end of the play. To state that such characters are idle under the influence of men is to undercut the power that women had historically in shaping and perpetuating patriarchy through internalized misogyny. This project seeks to follow the trend of internalization of male-dominated ideologies as female characters in Shakespeare's plays coerce or otherwise manipulate other women.”


Alex plans to work as a geographic information systems technician for a year before attending graduate school to receive his masters in geography.

Alex plans to work as a geographic information systems technician for a year before attending graduate school to receive his masters in geography.

Alex Cooper

All Our Teams: The Geography of SEC Fandom and Southern Identity

 

“This honors thesis seeks to explore Southern regional identity through the lens of Southeastern Conference college football fandom and map a region from geographic data relating to SEC fandom. This region is compared to the traditional scholarly notions of where ‘the South’ exists to spatially explore Southern identity.”


Jackson plans to pursue graduate study in the social sciences- either Political Science or Anthropology- with the intention of eventually earning a Ph.D.

Jackson plans to pursue graduate study in the social sciences- either Political Science or Anthropology- with the intention of eventually earning a Ph.D.

Jackson Feezell

Border Voices: Cross-Border Identity in North-West Ulster

 

“A series of 34 interviews conducted with young people (ages 18-28) in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland. This research sheds light on a region that in many ways has advanced beyond the issues that partition created for the island of Ireland, but also one with scars that will never truly heal.”


After graduating from Emory & Henry College, Jordan intends to pursue a graduate degree in Applied Developmental Psychology or a similar field.

After graduating from Emory & Henry College, Jordan intends to pursue a graduate degree in Applied Developmental Psychology or a similar field.

Jordan Greenburg

Objective and Projective Measures for Children's Depression and Anxiety

 

“The goal of this project is to compare the differential capacity of objective and projective techniques in measuring levels of depression and anxiety in children.”


Grayson plans to attend Divinity School to earn a Master of Divinity in hopes of becoming an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.

Grayson plans to attend Divinity School to earn a Master of Divinity in hopes of becoming an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.

Grayson Hicks

Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage in Accordance to Ethics and Modern Methodism

 

“Marriage equality and LGBTQ rights have threatened to split the country and the United Methodist Church apart. When looking at ethical arguments such as, the Religious Right to Marriage, the Procreation/Biological Stance, and Ralph Wedgwood's argument on Marriage Equality, alongside of Biblical passages including, Sodom and Gomorrah, excerpts from Leviticus, and Jesus' own teachings, I conclude that full LGBTQ inclusion is a necessary step for the United Methodist Church through the lens of Liberation Theology.”


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Victoria Lustig

How Did We Get Here? The History and Future of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS

 

“My thesis is a study of the beginning, development and goals of three of the most prominent radical groups today. It will discuss what ‘radical’ means in the word today, the contexts and climates these groups formed in, and how a radical group's structure influences its reaction to trigger points.”


Upon graduation, Kaitlyn plans to pursue a Doctorate in Ancient History, beginning with a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Upon graduation, Kaitlyn plans to pursue a Doctorate in Ancient History, beginning with a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Kaitlyn Martin

Power Through Religion: A Woman's Role in Ancient Greece

 

“In the study of Ancient Greece, women are often only identified by the oppression they experienced, with very little depth or complexity highlighted in their lives. However, basing my research on the writings of Joan Breton Connelly, I am exploring the possible power and notoriety a woman could attain within the religious sphere of the world of the Ancient Greeks.”


Ellie plans to attend a graduate program that offers an MA in English and allows for interdisciplinary work in women and gender studies.

Ellie plans to attend a graduate program that offers an MA in English and allows for interdisciplinary work in women and gender studies.

Ellie Hogg

The Impact of Stereotypes on Young Appalachians

 

“This project involves tracing Appalachian stereotypes from their start in early local color fiction to modern day media representations, then examining how these stereotypes are still impacting young people in Appalachia. There is currently a push to move away from discussing Appalachian stereotypes within academia, but I hope to demonstrate that this discussion is still worthwhile.”


Alison Hughs

Non-psychiatric Comorbidities of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Southwest Virginia as Compared to the General Population

 

“I will be conducting data on non-psychiatric health conditions of patients with PTSD in SWVA. My paper will focus on PTSD- what it is and why it is important- and then I will discuss non-psychiatric comorbidities of PTSD in the general population. I will do statistical analysis of patients in SWVA and compare them to the general population and try to explain any differences that may exist between them.”


Post graduation, Kevin plans to work in law enforcement, and hopefully the FBI.

Post graduation, Kevin plans to work in law enforcement, and hopefully the FBI.

Kevin Watts

The True Efficacy of Antipsychotic Medication

 

“This project is examining the efficacy and side effects of antipsychotic medication from the point of view of the patients.”

 


Post graduation, Jordan plans to attend graduate school and continue his research in Botany and Biogeography.  

Post graduation, Jordan plans to attend graduate school and continue his research in Botany and Biogeography.

 

Jordan Bennett

Morphological, Ecological, and Genetic Variation in the Phlox glaberrima—P. carolina Complex

 

“The purpose of my study is to identify the morphological, ecological, and genetic patterns of variation that exist in the Phlox glaberrima/P. carolina complex, with an eye towards the efficacy of the current species designations.”