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
Eric Luke Russell '16 Neuroscience

The Effects of Green Space on College Student Stress and Cognitive Performance

Dr. Lori Schmied
Kathryn Ann Mitchell '16 Psychology

Bilingual and Monolingual Performance: Attentional Blink and Working Memory Load Dual-Task Effect

Dr. Chad Schrock
Linda D. Hinkle '16 Psychology

The Maryville College Guide to Veterans and Dependents: One Student Veteran's View

Dr. Crystal Colter
Hannah Cummings '16 Biology

Tagetes Patula as a Companion Plant in East Tennessee Phaseolus Vulgaris Cultivation

Dr. Drew Crain
Blaine Coyle '16 Neuroscience

LISTEN Up: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Syntactic Emotion and Auditory Processing

Dr. Lori Schmied
Monica Besbris '16 International Business

The Economics of Immigration

Dr. Sherry Kasper
Tori Bassett '16 American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
American Sign Language-English Interpreting

Acquisition of American Sign Language as a Second Language: Analyzing Syntax and Why it is Hard for Second Language Learners to Learn and to Maintain During the Interpreting Process

Ms. Peggy Maher
Evelyn Linkous '16 Writing Communication

In Transit: A Study of Hyperlocal Journalism

Mr. Kim Trevathan
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
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