Every student at Maryville College completes a year-long research project called the Senior Study, whether the student’s major is Business & Organizational Management, Psychology, Biology, Art or any of the other 40 major fields of study. These studies vary from laboratory experiments to forms of creative expression, and all Senior Study projects feature a student and faculty mentor working together in discipline-specific scholarship. Select a major from the dropdown menu to view examples of recent Senior Study titles.

Student Name Major Title Supervisor
Shelby Floris '13 Design Cult Of True Womanhood Ms. Adrienne Schwarte
Robert W. Deighton '14 History Nationalism And The Evolution Of Japanese Religion In The Meiji Period Dr. Doug Sofer
Nicole McNabb '12 Biology Effects Of The Antibiotic Enrofloxacin On The Gastrointestinal Tract In Metamorphosing Xenopus Laevis Tadpoles Dr. Drew Crain
Megan Lock '12 Biology The Effectiveness Of Several Capturing Methods On Orders Aranea, Opiliones, Scorpiones, Uropygia, Ambylpygi, And Pseudoscorpiones In Cusuco National Park, Honduras Dr. Jerilyn Swann
Lindsey O'Neal '13 Biochemistry Examination Of The Thermostability Of Luciferase Activity In Vibrio Fischeri And Xenorhabdus Luminescens Dr. Angelia Gibson
LeeAnn B. Beam '14 Psychology The Woman In The Mirror:The Effects Of Cultural Expectations On The Impression Management Tactics And The Physical Appearance Of The College Female Dr. Karen Beale
Laura Pierpont '14 Art The Death Of The Muse Ms. Adrienne Schwarte
Katherine Brestel '12 Art The Evolution Of The Tattoo As An Art Form Mr. Mark Hall
Justin Theodore Kirkland '12 English
Writing/ Communication
All The Things You Miss In The Mirror: An Analysis Of Perception And Perspective In Modern Literature Ms. Summar West
Jonathan Brent '12 English Sir Gawain And The Green Knight And The French Grail Tradition Dr. Sam Overstreet