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Senior Honors Presentations - Class of 2023

“so reputed / In dignity, and for the liberal arts / Without a parallel”

~ Shakespeare, The Tempest (1.2.72-74)

On behalf of the University Honors Program and her students, we invite you to celebrate the work of our Honors Seniors. These projects serve as the capstone of the Honors experience at the Mount. They are the result of many months of intense research and the enthusiastic support of faculty mentors, all of whom hold the highest degrees in their subject areas.

As passionate teachers and scholars who call students to engage in meaningful and challenging questions, we share in the successes of our students. Their virtues are our privilege.

Students, we know that the journey was demanding and we have been honored witnesses to your outstanding endeavors to this end. To be sure, the completion of your work marks an important transitional period in your lives. You have successfully taken on a large project that has required you to engage in many constantly evolving fields of study. Now, the fruits of your labor have made these disciplines different from what they were. You have shaped what is to come.

Honors Seniors of the Class of 2023, your success is how we recognize ours. You are our future, and we are Mount proud! CONGRATULATIONS!

Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program
Professor of English

Listed in alphabetical order by last name. Please contact the individual presenter if you would like the Zoom link to the presentation.

daysia barr

Daysia Barr

Fine Arts | Mentor: Nick Hutchings, MFA
Monday, December 12 | 6:40-7:05 p.m. | Knott Academic Center 204


Abstract: African tribes use their hair to signify gender, status, and nationality. When they forcibly migrated here, their hair became an artifact of their home. The Roots exhibition celebrates the beauty of these styles and their persistence in today's black hair culture.

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carly crone

Carly Crone

Elementary Education | Mentor: Carolyn Cook, Ph.D.
Monday, December 12 | 5:35-6 p.m. | Knott Academic Center 204

Award-Winning Picture Books and Their Representation of Diverse Families

Abstract: This study answered the question, “Are award-winning picture books representative of diverse family structures of the 21st century through the lens of the ‘Mirrors and Windows Theory’?” One hundred and one award-winning picture books were scored and analyzed to determine family structures. The results informed educators in choosing diverse materials.

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sarah donaldson

Sarah Donaldson

Forensic Accounting, Accounting, Spanish | Mentor: Lawrence Hoffman, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, CFE
Monday, December 12 | 5-5:25 p.m. | Knott Academic Center 204

Corporate Psychology: profiling the white-collar criminal

Abstract: This project examines the importance of behavioral forensics and criminal profiling in the field of forensic accounting, including identifying the psychological patterns behind the white-collar criminal, the decision-making process that leads to fraudulent behavior, and the elements of the modern business world that allow this fraud to flourish.

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rita marcotte

Rita Marcotte

English | Mentor: Sean Lewis, Ph.D.
Monday, December 12 | 6:10-6:35 p.m. | Knott Academic Center 204

Creating a Creole Caribbean

Abstract: Two Caribbean authors, Jean Rhys and Sam Selvon, represent two stylistic approaches to language in their novels Wide Sargasso Sea and The Lonely Londoners. The way both authors choose to use creole languages deconstructs European linguistic attitudes and reflects an authentic West Indian narrative within postcolonial discourse.

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collin nji

Collins Nji

Computer Science | Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.
Tuesday, December 6 | 3:30-3:55 p.m. | Knott Academic Center 210

The Meaning of Words: How Therapy-Speak is Changing How We Communicate

Abstract: The English Language is constantly evolving. From the middle ages to the modern era, the English language has undergone various changes in syntax, phonology, and word articulation which have all fundamentally changed how we communicate with one another. While these changes have historically unfolded over extended periods of time — usually centuries, the more recent introduction of technology, especially in the last century has significantly sped up this process. Words that were once reserved in specific contexts have made their way into everyday communication, thus altering the way those words are used in everyday communication. This paper focuses on one such change, the use of psychoanalytic language in everyday novels and how that influences our perception of and use of such language. Through computational linguistics methods, this paper will track the changes in psychoanalytic language use in literature and what that may mean for the future of communication and interpretation of such language in the English Language.

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tristan olinger

Tristan Olinger

Economics | Mentors: Emil Berendt, Ph.D., and Rebecca Portier
Tuesday, December 6 | 4:05-4:30 p.m. | Knott Academic Center 210

Predicting Skies Unknown: Using VAR to Model Air Travel Trends

Abstract: Air travel has created an interconnected world. What factors affect how many people travel by air? The presentation synthesizes economic data, theory, and research on the airline industry with machine learning vector autoregressive models, in order to predict future trends and the effect of shocks on passenger travel.

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