Interdepartmental Studies Senior Integrated Projects

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This collection includes Senior Integrated Projects (SIPs, formerly known as Senior Individualized Projects) completed in Interdepartmental Studies. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at to request access to a SIP.


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    An Analysis of the Monetary Components of the MIAA and NCAC Division III Athletics Conferences with a Focus on the Discrepancies Between the Women's and Men's Programs
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023-11-01) Stickley, Emma L.; ; Johnson, Danette Ifert
    The goal of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is to provide student athletes with top-notch academic and athletic experiences that have a significant positive impact on their long-term health. Division III in particular permits students to concentrate primarily on their academic work and degree whilst competing in athletics. Title IX guarantees equal opportunities for everyone to participate in athletics and has expanded the participation of women and girls in sports. The purpose of this study is to determine whether there are any disparities in the finances of the women's and men's athletic programs in the MIAA and NCAC, two different Division III conferences. Four interviews with individuals from the various institutions were conducted in addition to the gathering and analyzing of data from the Equity and Athletics Database (EADA) for the purpose of investigating this question. It was found following the initial round of analysis that there was no difference between the two conferences in any of the monetary categories. Furthermore, there were few disparities between the women's and men's programs in the majority of the categories with the exception of assistant coach salaries, total expenses, and total revenues. The interviews provided insight into the specifics of each particular athletic programs’ operations, with attention to how money is allocated and spent within the organizations.
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    Reflection of Medical Scribing in the Emergency Department
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023-09-01) Ploucha, Megan; ; Johnson, Danette Ifert
    As a pre-medical student, one of the most important things that I can do to become prepared for my journey to medical school is to become involved in clinical experience. Having clinical experience demonstrates that one is serious about entering a career in medicine and helps pre-medical students understand the mindset of doctors. There are many ways that one can choose to do this: becoming a medical assistant, emergency medical technician, nursing assistant, phlebotomist, and many more. When pondering what I would want to do there was one choice that stood out to me: medical scribing. This is different compared to other jobs in the fact that as a scribe, one does not directly care for the patients. However, scribes provide value to the health care system by aiding doctors in their charting and overall making the emergency room, clinic, or hospital that we work in much more efficient. Students who are planning on going into medicine have the benefit of working directly with a physician every shift. This is extremely valuable as we get to understand what it really means to be a doctor before applying to medical school and understand if this is truly the career path we want to choose. Making an appropriate and well-informed decision regarding this is important as medical school is both a large financial and time commitment.
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    The Soccerbiome : How Individual Talent Influences Team Ecology
    (Kalamazoo College, 2024-01-01) Yonehara, Shun; Salinas, Santiago
    Disentangling how important player individual traits from that individual’s skill level in team sports has proven itself to be difficult. Due to the complex nature of teams, especially in sports, statistical analyses such as the Elo rating and plus/minus ratings have been modified to better fit the nuances of team sports. However, these models have shortcomings when identifying how players react and adapt to different scenarios, and do not show how well that player can perform, and only outputs a prediction of their performance versus recorded opposition. With the rise of statistical analyses in sports, novel models in different fields, namely economics with game theory and the Shapley values, have started to be utilized in giving value of contribution to each individual player, rather than the team as a whole. To differentiate an individual’s external factor from their innate factor, and to find how impactful they are in the game, I used Shapley values to contextualize and relate their performance in as game-like a situation as possible. In this study, I measured soccer players’ (n = 10) game-like skill levels through a battery of repeatable and consistent tests and related those values to those players’ Shapley values according to their performances in a small-sided game campaign. I found that the Shapley values and the score that a player received from the battery of tests was relatively positive (r = 0.78, n = 0.066), but did not display enough significance to definitively prove the connection between these two traits of a player. Nevertheless, new methods of statistical analyses have shown themselves to add a new dimension and useability for coaches, players, and analysts to find how any player reacts in an environment according to their skill level and previous environment.
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    A Philosophical Meditation on the Power of Self Determination in Facing Mortality
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2024-01-01) Carlson, Chloe; Butler, Ann Marie
    Mortality is something that comes into everybody’s mind and the anxiety it causes can strain life away from the living. The awareness of my eventual death has been something that has haunted me all my life, and that, unsurprisingly, has taken up much of my energy. It is not until recent years that I have attempted to understand this fear, instead of running from it. This essay, and a series of five paintings, presents my personal journey of coming to terms with my mortality. This project presents philosophical inquiries into the ideas of human freedom as they relate to the contemplation of human death and death acceptance. These inquires come from the philosophies of George Hegel and Sören Kierkegaard’s and display the manner in which, as free agents, humans have the ability of self-determination as it relates to answering the question, what happens after death? This project examines the ways in which I have adopted this mentality into my own life and how it has taken me away from death anxiety and towards acceptance through the understanding that there are no universal truths in answering the question, what happens after death, other than the ones we determine for ourselves. This project is extremely personal, and the artistic aspect of it works to give the viewer a visual window into my chaotic mind and the ways in which it has come to process this topic. While the writing is extensive, the paintings serve as the main aspect of this project and tell the true story of my journey of existential contemplation that has brought me to this point.
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    The Nicotine Plague in College Life of Kalamazoo
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023-08-15) Wickey, Dylan; Potts, Lanford J., 1962-
    Nicotine addiction among college students remains a complex and understudied phenomenon, despite its prevalence and potential long-term effects. This research project addresses the notable gap in the literature by examining nicotine addiction in the form of vaping on students at Kalamazoo College. This study aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the overall well-being, academic performance, and social dynamics associated with nicotine addiction, and is guided by the following research questions: First, to investigate the long-term health implications and risks linked to nicotine addiction in college students. Second, to explore the correlation between the prevalence of nicotine addiction among college students and its impact on their academic performance and general well-being. Last, the study analyzes the extent to which nicotine use influences social interactions and relationships within the Kalamazoo College community. To bridge the gap in knowledge, this research is guided by an anonymous survey distributed among the Kalamazoo College student body, to collect data on the patterns of nicotine use. Three anonymous interviews were conducted with known nicotine addicts, providing valuable insights into the personal experiences and social dynamics associated with addiction. By combining these methods, this study offers a thorough examination of the complex relationship between nicotine addiction and college students' lives which demonstrates the need for targeted intervention and support within the campus community.
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