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
Chelsea Tarwater '14 English
Teacher Licensure
When They Touched Me I Died: A Modern, Queer Revisiting of Faulkner’s Quentin Compson Dr. Will Phillips
Mallory Kirkland '14 Biology Effects of the Antiepileptic Medication Valproic Acid Sodium Salt (VPA) on the Histological Bone Structure Dr. Drew Crain
Branden Hunt '14 Philosophy Social Media and the Existential Task of Existence Dr. William Meyer
David Lee Haskins '14 Biology Prey Base Species Composition of American Marten (Martes americana) in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan Dr. David Unger
Tyler Herron ‘13 American Sign Language-English Interpreting
Spanish
The Acculturation Experience of Congenitally Deaf Hispanics in the United States and the Field of Trilingual Interpreting Dr. Geoff Mitchell and Ms. Peggy Maher
Delaney Cornelius '13 Psychology Remaining and Completed Actions of Goal-Setting and Effects on Achievement, Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem Dr. Crystal Colter
Cameron Clark '13 Art
English
The Crisis of Postmodern Masculinity in American Art and Literature Dr. Susan Schneibel, Dr. Carl Gombert
Matt Davis ’13 Physical Education, Health and Recreation Will Having a Quality Health/Wellness Philosophy Lead to Higher Achievement in the Classrooms and Develop a Successful Athletic Program? Dr. Danny Pierce
Kristen Barlow ’13 Biology Shoaling Differences in Zebrafish, Danio Rerio, and Yellow Glofish, Genetically Altered Danio Rerio Dr. Jennifer Brigati
Kathryn Hill ‘13 International Studies Religious Nationalism in India and Japan Dr. Scott Brunger