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    The Honors Fellowship

    All students who were approved to conduct departmental Honors in the 2013-2014 academic year were eligible to apply for fellowships through the William and Mary Honors Fellowship program. Representing a variety of disciplines, the Fellows receive funding to devote 10 full-time weeks during the summer for research and additional money during the year for project-related expenses.

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    The Blog

    All Honors Fellows will submit posts to the W&M Honors Fellows blog for a full year as they research and write their honors theses. Follow along as these students experience the highs and lows of creating, conducting, and completing an individual research project.

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    The 16th Annual Honors Colloquium

    Each February the Roy R. Charles Center hosts the Honors Colloquium, a presentation forum for Honors students working on theses. W&M Honors Fellows will participate in the Colloquium, presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience of their peers, faculty, family, and friends. The Colloquium are open to the public, and everyone is welcome!

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    The Thesis

    The Departmental Honors Program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a two-semester, six-credit research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  Each Honors project culminates in a thesis and oral defense.   Completing an Honors project can be one of the most academically rewarding experiences of a student’s undergraduate career.

May
25

Exploration of Importin/Exportin Binding to Thyroid Hormone Receptor Alpha

Thyroid hormone, abbreviated T3, is critical in many bodily processes, ranging from roles in early development to regulating metabolism, heart rate, and homeostasis. T3 acts through the thyroid hormone receptor (TR), which acts as an activator or repressor of gene transcription depending on the binding of its T3 ligand. While TR is localized to the…
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May
21

Asian American Voting Paradox: why don’t Asians vote?

The majority of political science scholars agree that highly educated and/or higher-income citizens are more likely to vote. However, influence of educational attainment and income level on voter turnout seems to be insignificant in regards to Asian Americans. Despite Asian American’s high-income level and educational attainment, Asian voter turnout rates in recent elections have been…
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May
21

Content Analysis of Egyptian Newspapers

Egypt’s transition from hopeful revolution to failed democracy was a dynamic, fast-paced process. From the ousting of the first democratically elected president to the return to military dictatorship, the rapid development of polarization in Egyptian political opinion suggests that elite actors—strategically deploying the media— attempted to push a political agenda that eventually led to the…
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May
20

Corpus Domini: A Wealth of Complex Connections

I began my research on the Corpus Domini convent by digging into my main primary source, entitled Life and Death in a Venetian Convent, 1395-1436. It is an account of the convent written by Bartolomea Riccoboni, one of the nuns who lived there. The work, translated into English by Daniel Bornstein, has two parts: a chronicle…
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May
19

Sexual Adhesion Protiens as the Mechanism for Sexual Selection in S. Paradoxus

Birds do it with plumage and songs, frogs do it with mating calls, and flowers do it with pollen compatibility, but how do yeast choose appropriate mates? While speciation has been heavily studied in macro-organisms (plants and animals), very little work has been done on the study of speciation of sexually reproducing micro-organisms. My honors…
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