The Honors Research Project is an integral part of the UA Honors experience, and every Honors College student must complete an acceptable Honors Research Project. See also the web page answering Frequently Asked Questions about the Honors Research Project.

Research Thesis - original scholarship investigating a significant question
Research Report - a formal written presentation of technical, laboratory, or investigative research
Artistic or Creative Performance or Production - in the fine arts, applied arts, or performing arts; a written report, introduction, or commentary is required.

The project must meet high standards of scholarship. The student must also meet any additional department of college requirements for this project, such as prerequisite coursework or experience, qualifying examination, or oral presentation. Study abroad or field experience may be accepted, with the approval of the student's Honors Faculty Advisor, as part of the project.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Understanding Partner Loss in Same-Sex Couples, Margaret E. Manges

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Smart Fitness Machine, Tyler M. Masters

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Chemical Modification of Crumb Rubber to Increase Its Bonding with Concrete, Mary T. McCannon and Kendall J. Sweitzer

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Effects of Environmental Stressors and Design on Patient Outcomes in ICU Patients, Lauren Lea McNary, Jenea Ruttino, and Kylie Thanasiu

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Use of Force: A Split-Second Decision, Samantha McNulty

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Honors Project- Goodyear, Alexa Moeller, Sara Kleines, Kristyn Gawdyda, Logan Hershberger, and Casey Lauber

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Comparison of Perceived Exertion While Exercising at the Same Intensity on Land and Aquatic Treadmills, Amanda D. Montemayor and Iris A. Javersak

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Polarized Elastic Nanofiber Tubular Mat, Elizabeth Moore

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Feasibility Study of Solar Canopy Structure on Exchange Parking Deck, Daniel Morgan

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Sketches of a Life, Alexander D. Morris

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The Bunny Who Wore a Red Hat Children's Book, Alyssa N. Myers

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Optimization of Acoustic Soundboard through Modal Analysis and Material Selection, Noah C. Nicholas, Cody Gruber, and Nicholas Hartman

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Return to Sender, Katherine Noelle Nypaver

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Exploring Student Understanding of the Connections Between Music and Literacy, Heather Owens and Scott Palasik

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Effects of Kangaroo Care on Procedural Pain in Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review, Alyssa M. Pagni, Sophia Kellar, and Mary Rood

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Financing Strategies For Real Estate Investments, Joshua Parr

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Stigma and Reputation: Exploring the Lingering Effects of Organizational Stigma, Jahnavi Patel

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A Literature Review on Accent Modification, Alyssa Pennington 6978027

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The Knights Templar and the Freemasons: An American Myth, Elizabeth Persinger

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The Success of an Aided Language Stimulation Training Video for Communication Partners Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hannah Peterson

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Optimization of Lateral Jets for Guiding Supersonic Missiles, Anne M. Pirie, Samuel J. Rhoades, and Emily C. Slovan

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Indoor Mapping Drone, Benjamin J. Plevny, Andrew Armstrong, Miguel Lopez, and Davidson Okpara

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Electrospinning and Polarization of PVDF Fiber Mats for Adsorption of NaCl, Michael Pribonic

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Conflict Styles and College Roommates, Billie K. Radcliffe

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Hovercam, Kevin Rauh and Ross Palenik

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An Examination of the Integral Support of His Father’s Family for the Royal Aspirations and Maintenance of the Crown of King Henry VII, Kyle W. Rea

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iPhone Swift 3 Development for “What’s Good?”, Cameron Reilly

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Brunswick Educational Access Television Social Media Campaign, Nicole Rhoades

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Brunswick Schools Video Program Social Media Campaign, Nicole Rhoades

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The Relationship Between Substance Use and Academic Performance in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Alexa Roberts and Calli Baumberger

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Biomarkers of Sepsis: A Retrospective Approach, Jose M. Roberts

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Waste Not, Have Not: A Study on the Possible Symbiotic Relationship of Food Waste and Food Insecurity, Luke A. Rocco

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Educational Learning Environments, Meaghan Rooney 3287247

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Study of Experimentally Blended Wings, Ray Roos 2894888

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Education in Haiti and the Caribbean: A Literature Review, Rebekah Rose

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Analysis of Microbial Diversity in Disturbed Soil, Tyler G. Sanda

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Platinum-Rhodium Alloy Electrocatalyst Activities in the Methanol Oxidation Reaction, William R. Sandorf

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Lawn Mower Lift, Randall E. Schelcher

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Design and Construction of an Optimum Method to Present Uncertainty of Convective Weather Forecasts to Air Traffic Personnel, Anna K. Selchow and Austin Wright

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The Socioeconomic Effect of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Savannah R. Shoaff

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Effect of Interventions on Infant Mortality Rates: A Systematic Review, Sophia H. Simone and Emily K. Swaim

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Creating Confident Writers: Implementing Writing Portfolios in a Secondary-Level Language Arts Classroom, Julia Smagacz

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Interaction as a Lost Art, Megan Steele

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WARDJet Waterjet Cutting Head Actuator Design, Micah Steiner, Jacob D. Augustynovich, and Benjamin Heckert

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Stability and Retention Enhancement of Low Fouling Polystyrene sulfonic acid (PSS) and Polyethylene glycol (PEG) Blend Films with Silane Coupling Agents, Sean Stybel

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Multiplexed Sensor Array for Accurate Time-of-Wetness (TOW) Measurement, Nathaniel G. Sutton, Hongbo Cong, Jiang John Zhe, Shengxi Li, and Xiaoliang Zhu

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Rubber Additives to Concrete Specimens, Kendall J. Sweitzer and Mary McCannon

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Characterization of Polyurethane for Use as Substrate in Nanofiber Sensor for Biomedical Applications, Megan Theaker

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A Systematic Review: The Prenatal and Postnatal Events Associated with Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Ariel L. Thomas, Sarah A. Awwad, and Briana E. Clark

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Efficient Implementation of Reductions on GPU Architectures, Stephen W. Timcheck

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Allowing Animal Rights: Contra Natural Law Arguments, Rachel Tobias

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Preservation of Sea Anemone Burrows in Silurian (~432 Million Years Old) Carbonate Rocks of Southeastern Indiana, USA, Marissa Tomin

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Effects of Egg and Egg Replacers on Consumer Acceptability of Chocolate Cake, Stormey R. Trayter

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LED SCREEN RESOLUTION: A Lego Visualization, Andrew S. Trowbridge

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The Effect of Music Listening on Anxiety and Agitation in Adult Mechanically Ventilated Patients: A Systematic Review, Kristen M. Trowbridge and Hailee N. Horstman

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Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, Austin R. Tyler, Chris R. Estock, Johnathan P. Johenning, Garrett W. Chonko, and Allen C. Gilleland

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Controlled humidity chambers to maintain red roses’ freshness and improve their shelf life, Rima Vasudevan

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Effect of Sintering Temperature on Microstructure, Corrosion Behavior, and Hardness of Nanocrystalline Al-5at.%Ni and Al-5at.%V Alloys, Matthew G. Wachowiak

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A Modern Perspective on Hamilton and Jefferson, Michael A. Walsh

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Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Work Experience in Baccalaureate Junior and Senior Level Nursing Students, Mallory Wilson and Taylor Byers

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Gymfo: a Gym Finding iOS App using Google Maps API, Clay A. Wyers

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Stringless Guitar, Kue Z. Yang, Anthony Batey, Dominic Mercorelli, and Nathaniel Hawk

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Diversification and Market Neutral Portfolios in S&P500, Alan S. Agnew

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Golden Rice: Effectiveness and Safety, A Literature Review, Janel M. Albaugh

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Suicide prevention: The professional and moral responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist, Madelyn Anderson

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Investigation of Degradation of Amine Sorbent, Elijah Arendt

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HydroBand: The Continuous Hydration Monitoring System, Karina E. Atkinson and Catherine P. Benedict

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Passivation and Potential Fluctuation of AZ31B Alloy in Alkaline Environments, Ana C. Bacco

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Assessing the Expression of Astrocytic Markers in Retinal Ganglion Cell Projection of LCR/HCR Rats, Isabella K. Bartholomew, Samuel Crish, James Holda, Jordan Renna, and Gina Wilson

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Calculating the rate of spread of Phragmites australis in Summit County, OH using GIS, Aaron W. Baumgardner

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2016 FSAE Electric Vehicle Pedal Assembly Design, Evan Beery

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The Art and Science of Becoming a Successful Studio Teacher, Teresa A. Bellamy

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An Exploration of Structural Timber Innovation, Simon Beskitt

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The Changes in Woodlot Land Cover from 1988 to 2006 within Private/Farmland in Hancock County, Ohio, Louis C. Birchall

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The Call of the Undertow, Rebekah Bradford

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Exploring speech and language skills in gifted children: A parent perspective, Amanda Brewer

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Impacts of Water Sources on the Effectiveness of Point-Of-Use Water Treatment, Robert Brophy

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Case Study: Observing the Effects of Length of Exposure to MNV on Mice Colonies, Beau Brown

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Human Health Risks from Tap Water Chlorine Disinfection Byproducts: An Ohio Study, LeAnn L. Brown

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“Everybody’s Homeschooled Differently” - A pilot qualitative study of the lived experience of homeschooled college students, Hannah J. Bullock, Maria P. Alexander, and Irene L. Penkalsky

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Protein Sequence-Structure-Function Relationship: Testing KE-50 Modification on Recombinant Green Fluorescent Protein (AcGFP), Anna E. Burkey

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Polycaprolactone Nanofiber Scaffold Variants for Human Periosteal Cell Growth, Christopher W. Burton

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Professional Values in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Hope E. Caldwell and Katie L. Miller

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A Software Application for Cardiac-Gated Computerized Tomography Scanning, Stephen Caldwell and Trevor Engelsman

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A Systematic Review: Effects of Breastfeeding on Early and Late Childhood, Kara Campbell and Samantha Fritz

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Reducing Fretting Corrosion at the Femoral Neck to Taper Junction in Total Hip Arthroplasty, Andrea M. Carly, Nicholas S. Moyer, and Abel S. Pietros

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Comparing Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning Certifications Across Multiple Organizations, Quentin Cieslinski

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Synthesis, characterization, and in vitro anti-tumor studies of bis imidazolium salts with alkyl chain linkers and naphthylmethyl substituents, Steven R. Crabtree

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Investigation of DNA Interaction with Bis-Cationic Imidazolium Salts, Kyle Daily 6440928

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The Prevalence and Impact of Chronic Pain in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Kathleen M. Davis and Julia E. Schwarz

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Relationship among Motivation, Emotion Regulation, and Psychological Well-being of Sophomore and Senior Level Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Aryene C. Delgado, Douglas Garner, and Nicole Langhals

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Relationship among Motivation, Emotion Regulation, and Psychological Well-being of Sophomore and Senior Level Nursing Students, Aryene Delgado, Douglas Garner, and Nicole Langhals

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The Tension Between Traditional Consent and Affirmative Consent: A Kantian Solution, Marissa N. DeShon

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Criminogenic of the Older Adult with Addiction: Case Study, Maria A. Dixon

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Classroom Management, Summer L. Emich

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Thermal Responsive Release of a Model Drug, Rhoadmine B, from Alginate Bead System, Heather F. Fairbairn Miss

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The Synthesis of Poly(Propylene Fumarate), Brian N. Fitch

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Best Practices in Museum Education, William W. Fleming Jr.

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Leadership Experience Project: Jamaica, Brandi Floor and Cinara Foor

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Palatable Help: Experiences of Food Insecurity in a Suburban Environment, Tannya L. Forcone