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In the spirit of Thanksgiving Week, we pored over a few hundred honors theses looking for the best thanks and tributes — that is, the most distinctive, unusual, and quirky — offered by thesis-weary seniors over the years.
Jordan Becker ’15, writing a rhetoric thesis on “Contesting the Dominance of Neoliberalism: The Ideograph as a Force for Social Change,” said this about Professor of Politics Bill Corlett, who was part of his thesis defense panel: “If I become only half the thinker, half the teacher, half the person that Bill Corlett is, it will surely be one of my greatest accomplishments.” Erin Beirne ’06, writing a geology thesis on “A Geochemical Investigation of Organic Matter Composition, Deposition, and Preservation at Sprague Marsh, Phippsburg, Maine,” thanked her family, noting that: “It is entirely possible that I would have slept through my senior year had you not been willing to call me every morning, that I would have drowned in a sea of Bates had you not been there to bail me out, and that I may have never had a moment from myself had you not been as important a part of my life, my consciousness, as you are.” Craig Woodard ’86 wrote a biology thesis on “Partial Purification of a Type I Arylsulfatase from ,” and thanked now-retired professor Joe Pelliccia for “for his wisdom, guidance, support, and patience. Pelliccia has taught me to be a scientist.” Woodard earned a doctorate from Yale and has been a professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College since 1995.
Craig Woodard ’86 is a professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College.
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