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
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
Laura Pierpont '14 Art The Death of the Muse Ms. Adrienne Schwarte
Brittani Edge '14 Economics Expected Income and Consumption Habits of Undergraduate Students Dr. Shankar Ghimire
Geoffrey Bokuniewicz '14 Writing Communication Et Tu, Dude? Humor And Philosophy In The Movies Of Joel And Ethan Coen Mr. Kim Trevathan
Mallory Kirkland '14 Biology Effects of the Antiepileptic Medication Valproic Acid Sodium Salt (VPA) on the Histological Bone Structure Dr. Drew Crain
Stephen Revilla '14 Biochemistry The Role of Cadherin-Based Junctions in the Focal Adhesions of Keratinocytes Dr. Jerilyn Swann