Academic Honors & Awards

Senior Distinctions

Students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 in major courses have the opportunity to complete a significant research project to graduate with distinction in their field of concentration. The projects are determined in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and presented on Senior Distinction Day, which takes place in April of each year.

For students with an individualized major, in addition to earning a 3.5 average in all courses in the major program, the project may be completed as part of a capstone course or culminating experience. The project must be approved for distinction by two faculty members representing different academic disciplines within the individualized major.

2018 Distinction in the Field Projects


  • Olivia Spratt, "Constructions of Time in Contemporary Art Practice"
  • Timothy Furtado, "Imagining a Queer Utopia"
  • Elanna K. Abreu, "Art Therapy Presenting Homeless and Low-Income Individuals a Catalyst to Build Better Self-Understanding, Confidence and Motivation to Progress"
  • Brianna Fabianek, "The Healing Power of Art Therapy for PTSD in Survivors of Sexual Abuse"
  • Jennifer Habeeb, "A Study of Art Therapy and Pediatric Cancer Recovery"
  • Victoria Klimczak, "Ability through Art: A Case Study on the Social and Emotional Effects of Arts-Based Vocational Training for a Client with Moyamoya Disease"
  • Katelyn Langham, "Early Intervention Art Therapy and its Effect Within a Community"
  • Courteney Leonard, "Quality of Life: Art Therapy and Symptom Adaptation for the Developmentally Disabled"
  • Julia Bujalski, "Introspection: A Visual Exploration in the Communication of Emotional Experiences Through Common Materials and Experimental Typography"
  • Mary K. Parkhurst, "Dichotomies"


  • Jeremy Morrissette, "Contribution of Hematopoeitically Derived Macrophages to the Central Nervous System in a Non-Inflammatory State"
  • Emalee Peterson, "What the Sense of Smell Can Tell Us about Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder" 
  • Caleb McGrath, "Caught at a Red Light: Regulation of DNA Transcription by Premature Termination"  
  • Alex Powers, "Lipid Binding Behavior of Alpha-Synuclein: A Parkinson's Disease Associated Protein"  
  • Ryan Patenaude, "Using a Translational Approach to Capture Gait Signatures of Parkinson's Disease in Mice for Potential Treatment Applications"  
  • Victoria Mingione, "Investigating Novel Impacts of Mutant NUD1 Allele in the Mitotic Exit Network of S. cerevisiae"  
  • Cameron Messier, "Investigation into Catalytic Properties of Copper-Containing Enzyme Lysyl Oxidase"  
  • Anna Gill, "How Can Proteins Cause Paralysis? Investigating Cellular Effects of Neurodegeneration-Associated Peptides in ALS"  
  • Jared Nasser, "Impact of MHC Molecule Difference on the Contribution of Hematopoietic Central Nervous System (CNS) Macrophages"  
  • Cinthia Garcia, "A Panoramic Investigation of RNA Polymerase Associated Proteins"  
  • Raquel Ferreira, "Investigating Search Mechanisms of DNA Binding Proteins"  
  • Haley McEvoy, "Concussions Can Be a Headache: A Retrospective Analysis of Pediatric Post-Traumatic Headache"  
  • Gianna Iantosca, "Modeling a Novel Molecular Subset Prostate Cancer defined by an IDH1 Mutation"  
  • Kendyll Martin, "Characterization of the Brain Immune Cell Population And Protein Expression in a Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis"  
  • Alexandra Mulligan, "Impact of Busulfan Toxicity on Lymphoid Organs in a Mouse Model"
  • Marissa Alger, "Creating a Mixed Library of GFP ORF Fusions in Linear DNA"  
  • James Kaufman, "Who​ ​Flipped​ ​the​ Switch?​:​ ​Investigating DNA Repair Gene Regulation​ By​ Transcription​ Termination"   
  • Michael Vannini, "Controlling MEN: Characterizing the Mutant NUD1 Allele in the S. cerevisiae Mitotic Exit Network"  
  • Tusneem Janoudi, "Mining the Surface of RNA Polymerase for Transcription Factor Binding Sites"  
  • Grasiela Torres, "Genetic Characterization of RodZ, a Cell Shape Determinant in Escherichia Coli"


  • Austin Greenstein, "The United States' Opioid Crisis: How Behavioral Economics Can Shape Effective Public Policy"
  • Emily Hom, "Affordability and Availability: Evidence Based Analysis of How Housing Market Conditions Impact Homeless Families vs. Homeless Individuals"
  • Madison Soares, "The Future of Work: A Substitution and Augmentation of Human Labor with Intelligent Automation"


  • Krista Meserve, "Understanding the Role of DNA as a Template in Calcium Phosphate Mineralization"
  • Jason Miech, "Analyzing Surface-Bound DNA as a Template for Calcium Phosphate Mineralization Using Microfluidics Integrated with a Quartz Crystal Microbalance"
  • Sadie Piatt, "Development and Application of Single-molecule TIRFM to the Study of Facilitated Diffusion by Type II Restriction Enzyme EcoRI"


  • Darien Lynch, "Spanish Syllabus Project:  Pedagogy and Content"
  • Meghan Buckley, "An Intervention Through Second Step"
  • Mary Crossman, "The Importance of Movement in the Classroom"
  • Taylor Peck, "'Is Fair Always Equal?': A Study of Classroom Inclusion"
  • Kaleigh O'Donovan, "Integrating Wraparound Services into Schools Specifically for Children With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders"
  • Jacqueline Sady, "Defining Individual Success through Modifications and Accommodations: A Case Study"
  • Ashley Stiles, "The Volume Car Project: Implementation of an Inclusive Math Unit"


  • Talia Lavache, "Instagram and Narcissism: How the Like Button Influences its Users"
  • Meg Pachico, "The Guilts and Pleasures of TV Talk Shows" 
  • Jonathan Rowe, "Cross-cultural Navigations in Julia Alvarez's How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah"
  • Samantha Reilly, "Mary's Gothic Phase: Ann Radcliffe's Expropriation of Disciplic Femininity"


  • Nicole Varca, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Stress: Social Stigmas of PTSD in the Military"
  • Sarah Ebersole, "Aldo Leopold: Environmental Ethics in an Age of Game Hunting"
  • Haley Lynch, Brief, "But Not So Shining: A Critical Analysis of John F. Kennedy as America's Camelot"
  • Paige Chauncey, "Damned Women: The Underlying Misogyny in Witchcraft Accusations in 17th Century Connecticut"
  • Marcella Paez, "Recarving Wooden Women: Sexualized Perceptions of Women Aboard Ships During the Age of Sail"
  • Elizabeth Carse, "They Call Her Pocahontas: American Indian and Alaskan Native Women's Role in the Civil Rights Movement"


  • Julia Bujalski, "Graphic Design for Teaching Mathematical Concepts"
  • Alyssa Carson, "Sensitivity Analysis of Population Models: a Case Study of Yellowstone Elk"
  • Sarai Dancy, "Ready, Set, Math! Checking the Validity of Emmanuel College's Mathematics Placement Tests"


  • Lauren E. Shea, "Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language Syllabus Project: Research Readings Demonstrating Evidence to Support the Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements"


  • Meaghan Carey, "Identifying Genetic Mechanisms of Neuron Shape"
  • Jacqueline Mosko, "Fine Sensorimotor Abnormalities in Mouse Models of Autism Spectrum Disorder"


  • Nick Janowicz, "The Human Perception of Cause and Effect: Empirical Truth or Unfounded Belief?"


  • Lea Gillies, "A Product of History and a Challenge in Modernity: The Evolution of Political Sectarianism in Lebanon"
  • Sonja Josephson, "How Has the Aftermath of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks Resulted in the Limitation of Individual Information Privacy?"
  • Katharine Journeay, "Patrilineality as a Key Factor of Rape as Genocide"
  • David Korin, "The Hermit That Would Be a Hegemon: American Considerations for a Nuclear-Armed North Korea"
  • Emily Le Ray, "The Importance of Non-State Actors in Furthering Human Rights: A Revisitation of the Pinochet Case"
  • Ellison Chang, "Sex Trafficking: A Comparative Analysis Within Europe and the Asian Pacific"
  • Christiana Nocera, "Food Insecurity in Massachusetts Schools: An Assessment of the National School Lunch Program"


  • Ashley Roberge, "The Relationship between Praise and Criticism from Different Sources and Male Body Image"


  • Elisabeth Carse, "Labor of Love: State Directors' Perspectives on Migrant Education Program Implementation"
  • Devin Gilmore, "Fragmented Identities: Political Participation Among Republican Feminists"
  • Megan Lambert, "Empowerment Among Young Women"
  • Daria Miller, "Breaking Biases: Religious Identity Among Female Muslim Characters in Two North American TV Shows"