The Pacific University Libraries present an annual Senior Project Award to recognize outstanding senior projects/theses that are submitted for inclusion in CommonKnowledge. Projects are evaluated by a faculty committee based on their originality of thought, integration of relevant scholarship, and clarity of expression. Projects in all formats—not just papers—are eligible as of 2014. Students from all colleges completing a senior/fourth year project as part of their bachelor degree program may apply.

The winning thesis receives $150. Two theses receive honorable mention and awards of $75 each. To be eligible for the award, the thesis must be (a) nominated by a faculty member (in the department for which the thesis was completed) and (b) submitted by the student for inclusion in CommonKnowledge. All projects submitted for consideration (not just winning projects) will be included in the CommonKnowledge thesis/capstone collection.

The award winners and honorable mention projects are included in this collection.

Note: Questions or submissions for the current year's award may be directed to Isaac Gilman (gilmani@pacificu.edu).

Submissions are due no later than the Tuesday following August commencement. Projects completed between the April to August period immediately preceding August commencement are eligible in that year.

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Capstone Projects from 2016

One Rook, Two Rook, Red Rook, Blue Rook: An Examination of Distinctly Colored Rook Polynomials, Emily Gaub

Graph colouring with Fewer Colours than the Chromatic Number via Combinations of Colours, Ian Kit Nicolas

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Making Change: Does Game Education Improve Youths’ Learning Skill Sets?, Amy L. VanderZanden

Capstone Projects from 2015

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Salud Mental: A CBT Program for migrant and seasonal vineyard workers, Susan Gardner

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The Warrior Mentality: The Stigmatized Identity of Female Wrestlers, Tianna Hall

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“A Simulacrum of Ambiguity": Luigi Ontani and the Deconstruction of Gender and Sexuality in the Tableau Vivant, Shaun Keylock

Capstone Projects from 2014

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Who Asks For Help?: Help-Seeking Attitudes Among Liberal Arts Students, Kaeli D. Laxson

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Modeling the One-Dimensional Propagation of the Caveolae-Inclusive Cardiac Action Potential, Matthew D. Morse

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The Formation of Mexican-American Understandings of Virginity, Catherine Prechtel

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Native American Identity Formation in Relation to Educational Experiences, Amber Reid

Capstone Projects from 2013

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Veterans Treatment Courts: An Experiment in Therapeutic Jurisprudence for Combat Veterans, Taylor Brummett

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Sticking to Your Moral Guns: Cultivating Intimacy and Constructing Codes of Conduct in Relationships Between Exotic Dancers and Their Regular Customers, Rose Dahl

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Heidegger and The Concealment Of Crisis, Joel Morrow