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
Hannah Montgomery ‘14 Exercise Science The Effects of Kinesio Tape on Pain and Range of Motion of the Shoulder Dr. Traci Haydu
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
Robert W. Deighton '14 History Nationalism And The Evolution Of Japanese Religion In The Meiji Period Dr. Doug Sofer
Jennifer Bivens '14 Writing/ Communication An Analysis Of General Purpose Controlled Natural Languages Dr. Sam Overstreet
Austin Solomon '14 Retention At A Small Liberal Arts Institution Dr. Karen Beale
Libby Hess '14 Spanish
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Magical History: Exploring the Chilean Dictatorship through La casa de los espíritus Dr. Geoff Mitchell
Bonnie Finn ‘13 Music Kurt Weill and Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Composers of Two Worlds Dr. Larry Smithee
Hallie Jackson ‘13 English The Only Good Indian is a Reawakened Indian: Indigenous Feminism, Traditionalism, and Cultural Continuity in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine Dr. Kelly Battles
Kristen Barlow '13 Biology Shoaling Differences in Zebrafish, Danio Rerio, and Yellow Glofish, Genetically Altered Danio Rerio Dr. Jennifer Brigati
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