The University of Puget Sound, with the support of the Richard Bangs Collier Institute of Ethics and Science and an anonymous donor, has established summer research programs for undergraduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences. These programs offer students the opportunity to engage in independent research projects during the summer. Stipends of $3,250 and $3,750 are awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate research interest and ability.

Summer Visual Art created from 2016 on can be found on Shared Shelf Commons.

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Submissions from 2016

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Seen Through Steam: Narratives of Victorian Steam Technology, Rachel D. Anderson

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(Trans)cribing History: The Oral Histories of Transgender Clergy in America, Jae Bates

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Who Supports Donald J. Trump?: A narrative-based analysis of his supporters and of the candidate himself, Mitchell A. Carlson 7886304

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Neo-Realism: Post-Postmodern Ethics and Metaphysics, Cody Chun

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What Do We Mean by Logical Consequence?, Jesse Endo Jenks

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Short-Term English Instruction as a Mechanism for Economic Growth, Neha P. Ketkar

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Soundscape Composition as Environmental Activism and Awareness: An Ecomusicological Approach, Megan A. Reich

Diary of a White Ally in the Pacific Northwest, Sloan Cidney Strader

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"To the Devil we Sprang and to The Devil we Shall go": Memory and History in the Narrative of British Medieval Constitutionality, Helen W. Tschurr

Submissions from 2015

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Cultural Authenticity and the Impacts of Cultural Tourism in Malaysian Borneo, Elena Becker

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Landscape Painting: A comprehensive study of en plein air and studio painting, Carly Brock

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Altruism Online: An Ethnographic Exploration into League of Legends, Rodger Caudill

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Meaning Out of Nothing: A Penta-Dimensional Framework to Understand the Feminicides of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 as Evidence for the (Non-)Existence of God, Cody Chun

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Towards a Truer Representation: Transphobic Casting Politics and the Cis­-Gaze in Film, Aryeh Conrad

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Mormon Feminism: Not an Oxymormon, Alexa Himonas

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Entraining Brain Oscillations to Influence Facial Perception, Rosie Irwin

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Assata Shakur: The Battle for Memory in the Imagined Borderlands, Joe Kaplan

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And the (Fourth) Wall Came Tumbling Down: The Impact of Renegotiating Fan-Creator Relationships on Supernatural, Alena Karkanias

Penitence and Prowess, Maggie Langford

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Predicting Attitude Toward Organizational Change, Antonio Manibusan and Sarah Moore

How Museums Colonize the World's Art, Sarah McDonald

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Environmental Degradation in Urban and Rural China: A Local Perspective, Taili Ni

Landscape Painting and Ideas of Wilderness, Maia Raeder

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EEG Investigation of Mirror-Neuron Activity Before and After Conscious Perception of Emotion in Faces, Katie Singsank

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The Prophets and Profits of Neoliberal Feminism in America, Molly Stambaugh

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Stimulus Dependence in Mirror Neuron Systems, Rachel Traut

Submissions from 2014

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I Know I Shouldn’t Eat That But I’m Going to Anyway: The Role of Mood and Cognitive Depletion in Food Consumption, Stephen Baum

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Rome, Women and Religion: Asserting Agency through Decoration, Chloe Ginnegar

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Exploring Distortion and Clarity in the Modern Printed Portrait, Karina M. Harper

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Copperplate Etching, Traditional and Modern Techniques and Exploring Philosophical Concepts, Bianca Jarvis

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The Intra- and Inter-Sub-Community Dynamics of Fandom, Alena Karkanias

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Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I of England: Representations of Gender, Influence, and Power, Nichole Lindquist-Kleissler

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The Potential and Limitations of Alternative Trade Practices on Improving Coffee Producer Livelihoods in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Melanie Mazza

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People, Plants, and Fungi: Examining the Ecological and Social Landscapes of the Swan Creek Park Food Forest, Renee Meschi

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EEG study of perceptual bias in facial expressions, mood, and the mirror-neuron system, Laurel Olfson

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The Western Façade of Santiago de Compostela: Christian Dominion and Ecclesiastical Rivalry from the Medieval to the Baroque Period, Louisa M. Raitt

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Assessing Empathy in Rats: The Role of Shared Experience, Dylan Richmond

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El Duende's Struggle with Words: Embodied and Intellectual Investigation of Spiritual Experience within Flamenco Dance, Chloe Rockas

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The Myth of the Immigrant Entrepreneur, Daniel Thorson

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Joseph Haydn (?): Attribution and Reception, Robert B. Wrigley

Submissions from 2013

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The crossroads at midnight: Hegemony in the music and culture of Delta blues, Taylor Applegate

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Printmaking and Textiles, Abbie Baldwin

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The Publicity of Monticello: A Private Home as Emblem and Means, Benjamin Block

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College Students’ Perceptions of the Rates of Various Types of Sexual Violence and the Barriers to Reporting, Sadie Boyers

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Media Interpretations of Wounded Knee II: Narratives of Violence versus Sympathetic Coverage, Jana Cary-Alvarez

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Forty Years Later: Remembering the Pinochet Years in 2013, Miriam Cook

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Manifesting Stories: The Progression of Comics from Print to Web to Print, Hannah Fattor

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The Politics of Transgenic Food: An Ethnographically Informed Analysis of the Ban on Genetically Modified Crops in Bolivia, Kristin Gjelsteen

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Not Just Sex That Sells: Religious Rhetoric and References in Contemporary Beer Branding, Julie Kappelman

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The Effect of Physical Attractiveness on Mirror Neuron Activity, Jason Kelley

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Ordered Chaos: the Negotiation of Space in Deconstructivist Museum Buildings, Sam Mandry

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Who's Behind the Lens? Exploring Artistic Voice and Identity in Portrait Photography, Emily Menk

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United States' Military Interventions into Civil Wars, Sean Moffitt

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No Whiners Allowed: Breast Cancer’s Contradiction in Visibility and the Delegitimization of Women’s Illness Experiences, Annie Ryan

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Passing on democracy: A look at discourse in post-911 animated film, Anna Sable

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Faithful Non-Believers: Examining Ritual and Belief in a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Clara M. Sciortino

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Psychologically Effective Art, Kris Shuford

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Citizenship Education in Egypt, Madeline Waddell

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Indexing and Researching National Event Coverage in The Puget Sound Trail, 1963-1965, Jillian Zeidner

Submissions from 2012

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Questions of Authorship in Josquin, Monteverdi, and Mozart: Documentary versus Stylistic Evidence, Jillian Andersen

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Electric Horizons: Advancing the Wind Band in Art Music, Joe Bozich

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Rain Inside the Elevator: Dualities in the Plays of Sarah Ruhl As Seen Through the Lens of Ancient Greek Theatre, Hannah Fattor

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Corporations are not People: An Analysis of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Melissa Gaughan

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Selfhood and the Unity of Consciousness, Kate Hanniball

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Uncharted Progress: A Musical Analysis of the Elements and Evolution of Rap, Mark Janzer

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Growth / Decay, Yuri Kahan

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War Tourism: Shaping Memory and Perception in Post-War Vietnam, Max Keyes

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The Evolution of the Modern Book: Understanding the Future of the Printed Word in the Context of Fine Printing Presses and Artist’s Books, Elisabeth Schyberg

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The Methodology of Resistance in Contemporary NeoPaganism, Rebecca Short

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Migrant Remittances in Rural Nepal: A Mixed Methods Household-level Analysis, Evan Skamarock

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Emotion Recognition and Personality Traits: a pilot study, Hilary Tighe

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The Possible Connection of Gamma Oscillation and 3-D Object Representation, Thien N. Vu

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The relationship between two dimensional and three dimensional art, Erin Wheary

Submissions from 2011

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Fashion and Self-Fashioning: Clothing Regulation in Renaissance Europe, Kayla Arnold

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The DJ and the Orchestra: Fusing Art Music and Popular Music, Joe Bozich

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Byzantine Emperors and Old Testament Kings: Contextualizing the Paris Psalter as a Product of Ninth and Tenth Century Byzantine Imperial Ideology, Kelsey Eldridge

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A Foundation for Arithmetic, Kevin Halasz

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The Best Explanation: A Defense Scientific Realism, Johnston T. Hill

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(Re)constructing National Identity : The Case of Xiqu Culture in Taiwan, Joan Hua

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"'Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?'": Functions of the "Unspeakable" in American Gothic Literature, Elizabeth Kirsch

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Reclaiming Aztlán: The Visual Rhetoric of Pre-Columbian Imagery in Chicano Murals, Kelsey Mahler

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Back to Basics: A New Approach to the Unitary Executive Theory, Amanda Nicol

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Barriers to Health – A perspective from the lives of marginalized citizens in India, Daniel Parecki

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From Modality to Tonality: The Reformulation of Harmony and Structure in Seventeenth-Century Music, Lukas Perry

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The Power to Resist: A Study of Dissidence Movements in Eastern Europe, Melanie Reiff

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Myth Materialized: Thirteenth Century Additions to the West Façade of San Marco and their Value in Venetian History Making, Michelle Reynolds

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The Construction of the Curia Julia, Will Roundy

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Tunisian Push for Democracy: Successes, Failures, and Lessons, Peter Russell

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The Senatus Consultum Ultimum and its Relation to Late Republican History, Scott Shump

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The Problems of Treason and Tyranny: The Effect of the Gunpowder Plot On Artistic Expression, Jessica K. Spevak

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Tanzanian Women Literacy Learners: Balancing Autonomy and Community, Olivia L. Weitz

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EEG Measures of Facial Expression Recognition, Madeleine Werhane

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“Honest as the Devil:” English Rhetoric and Representations of Catholicism in Ireland during the Reformation, Allie Werner

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The Influence and Application of Eastern Philosophy in the Western Musical Tradition, Matt B. Zavortink

Submissions from 2010

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Bikers; Who are these people?, Julie Coleman

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The Property Rights Battle in Oregon: The Influence of Ballot Titles on Voter Opinion, Annette d'Autremont

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The Commencement Bay Superfund Legacy: Collaboration, Restoration and Redevelopment in the Local Landscape, Jenni Denekas

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The Historiography of the Black Student Union, Ayanna Drakos

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Does Choice Matter? The Generational Impact of Work-Life Balance, Jessica Erickson

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Americanizing America: Irving Berlin's Influence On His Adopted Culture, Jay Herman