Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2016

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Anewalt, Karen

Second Advisor

Davies, Stephen

Major or Concentration

Computer Science


The purpose of this project was to develop an interactive web application to aid students in learning how to identify foraminifera, in addition to meeting the larger goal of providing accessibility of a museum collection to the public. This type of public outreach is an integral part of the Smithsonian Institution's mission to provide online access to the museum collections and research activities. The National Museum of Natural History's Department of Paleobiology seeks innovative ways to improve the connection between in-house collections and online content. This project is intended to improve science communication to the public by providing a visual representation of scientific data in addition to an interactive simulation of laboratory methods using actual photomicrographs of specimens housed in the collections.