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
Joel Thornton '16 History

9/11, A Biography

Dr. Dan Klingensmith
Randall Puckett '15 History Hallelujah, I’m a Bum: Industrialism, Progressive Reform, and the Role of the Industrial Workers of the World as a Home for Migrant Workers Dr. Doug Sofer
Philip Stephens '15 Management America's opiate addiction Mr. Clay Shwab
Bethany Plaag '15 Music Musical theatre scenes: monsters and outcasts Dr. Alicia Massie-Legg
Katherine Bilbrey '15 Design Working queens Ms. Adrienne Schwarte
Tyler Jones '15 Religion

Walling the waters of chaos: the symbolic utility of Thai kingship and the pursuit of the Bhumibol-ideal

Dr. Andrew Irvine
Sophia Lively '15 Biochemistry Validation of cell culture technique and toxicity assays for light-triggered release of lapatinib (Tykerb®) from nanoshells Dr. Angelia Gibson
Justin Spigelmoyer '15 Psychology Perceptions of disenfranchised grief: evaluating the loss of a spouse or child Dr. Crystal Colter
Ashley Ferris '15 Business

B-ing a B Corporation: A Look at Mountain Challenge’s Journey Through Re-Certification and Analysis of the B Corp Movement

Dr. Jenifer Greene
David Lee Haskins '14 Biology

Prey Base Species Composition of American Marten (Martes americana) in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Dr. David Unger