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1999-2000 Model Theses

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These dozen Plan II Honors theses, which are among the best submitted in the academic year 1999-2000, are representative of the first-rate work done by a variety of students engaged in different areas of research, from economics to physics, literature to fine arts, history to music. They are worthy of emulation by all senior thesis writers.

  • Christine M. Alvarado. First Breath: A Collection of Poems. A lyrical, evocative creative writing thesis.

  • Michael J. Demkowicz. An Undergraduate's Research Experience in Physics. A wonderful science thesis that makes complex issues in physics accessible and enjoyable to read.

  • Khristina Hendrix. From Smiles to Scalpels: The Evolution of Birth Attendants. An engaging cross-cultural thesis that presents a broad view of how midwives have been treated not only in history but in America and Germany today. Winner of the Dr. Harold M. Albert Prize for writing an outstanding thesis related to medicine.

  • J. Brantley Hightower. Small Town, Texas: The Development of Urban Typologies in Rural Texas. A virtually publishable thesis detailing the architectural significance and development of small Texas towns.

  • Kenton J. Hutcherson. Greed. A fascinating thesis that brings together economics and philosophy to investigate greed as a flawed attempt to build self-worth.

  • William Anthony Martin. A Horn for the Ages: A Musical Journey and Exploration of the French Horn through the Last 300 Years. A delightful presentation of classical music for the horn from Mozart to Strauss.

  • Brent Nongbri. "...And So All Israel Will Be Saved": Righteousness and Salvation in Paul. A meticulously researched religion and classics thesis that discloses the Jewish roots of Paul's theology.

  • Jessica Nicole Parnell. The Art of the Children's Picture Book: Illuminating Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." A set of illustrations for a children's book in an elegantly designed and conceived fine arts thesis.

  • Michael Tunks. The Roots of the Cold War: Soviet Agitation and Diplomacy in the German Republic. A beautifully written history thesis that explores how Russo-Germanic diplomacy from 1918 to 1933 paved the way for cold war policies.

  • A. Melissa Venator. "Une Semaine de bontŽ": Max Ernst's Apocalyptic Collage Novel. A remarkable one-semester art history thesis that reveals the complexity of Ernst's visual language.

  • Alice Wang. Figural Figures: Puppets and Dolls in Literature and Video Art. An original contribution to studies of the visual and verbal in a theoretically sophisticated comparative literature thesis.

  • Maggie Wilensky. Justice after Genocide: Prosecuting Mass Murder in Rwanda. A brilliant comparative thesis that investigates the problems in bringing to trial a broad strand of society in Rwanda.

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