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 2016

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Improving Development in Youth: My implementation of an after-school dance program, Victoria Fox

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Rubber Roads for the Rubber City: Testing the Suitability of Rubberized Asphalt for Roads in Northeast Ohio, Jessica M. Fraser

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The Smart Hard Hat, Darcy Fyffe, Connor Langenderfer, and Charlton Johns

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A comparison of the effectiveness of two educational interventions developed to teach early infant hunger cues to junior level nursing students., Melissa D. Gainer

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Ion Exchange Experiments – Water Softening and Deionization, Darcy Geraud

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HVAC Monitoring System, Ryan Gerhart and Tyler Miller

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Stress Corrosion Cracking Evaluation of Carbon Steel in Biodiesel and the Effect of Ultrasonic Nanocrystal Surface Modification (UNSM) on 304 Stainless Steel, Josh Geyer

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Prediction of Vapor/Liquid Equilibrium Behavior from Quantum Mechanical Data, Marshall J. Gnap

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Zipping Towards STEM: Simulation Wind Tunnel, Devon A. Goldberg, Emma Pierson, Brandon Hein, Jeremy Hein, and Greg Flohr

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Subgroups of Finite Wreath Product Groups for p=3, Jessica L. Gonda

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Fatigue Performance of Glass Fiber/Epoxy Composite at Low Temperature, Prajakta Govande 2817401530, Dominic R. Cross, and Kwek Tze Tan

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The Relationship between Stress and Social Support in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Hannah M. Greczanik and Vincent A. Lupico

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Heroes, Past and Future, Benjamin Green

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Pothole Reporting System, Elizabeth J. Hammell, Alissa L. McGill, Brian G. Simmons, and Sean D. Querry

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Below-Grade Structurla Flexibility Study for Seismic-Resistant, Self-Centering, Concentrically-Braced Frames, Derek A.J. Hauff

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THE EFFECT OF GREEN STRUCTURES ON HYDROLOGY IN URBAN AREAS OF AKRON, OHIO, Brooke Hayes and Brian Long

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A Systematic Review: Effects of Psychosocial Interventions on Outcomes in Refugee Adolescents Resettled in the US, Canada, and the UK, Lauren Herr and Halle Kurtz

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The Role of TGFβ1 and EP Receptors in the Differentiation of Normal and Diseased Lung Fibroblasts, Madison A. Hexter

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An Investigation of the Duality Between Art and Math, Hope Hickman

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Developing the Stress Strain Curves for an Epoxy Undergoing High Speed Impact, Stanford L. Howdyshell 7867559

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The Synergists: An Exploration of Choreography, Media, and Science, Christine Howe

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Optimizing Solvent Blends for a Quinary System, Thomas L. Hoy

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Price Signaling in a Two-Market Duopoly, Matthew Hughes

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The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance and Self-Efficacy in Children with Developmental Disabilities, Lauren M. Hurley and Alexandra Smola

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Engaging Adolescent to Young Adult Females in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields, Grace Hutcherson

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Work It: A Study in Fashion Photography Portraiture, Dominic J. Iudiciani

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Corrosion Protection Systems in Offshore Structures, Hristo Ivanov

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Getting Back to Our Roots, Emily J. Jacobs

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You Shouldn't Be Reading These, Taylor Jacobs

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EFFECTS OF INVASION TIMING IN A ONE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL OF COMPETING SPECIES WITH AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE, Eliza Jacops

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Operational And Water Quality Analysis for The City of Akron's Water Treatment Plant and Distribution System, Chelsea James

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Wavelet Transform of Optical Conductivity of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x in the Normal and Superconducting State, Patrick Janovick

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Fundamentals for Horn Students, Kierstin Jenkins

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Effect of Altered VEGFR2 Expression on Oxidative Stress in a Rodent Model of Preeclampsia Pathology, Madison Kaser

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New Facets of the Balanced Minimal Evolution Polytope, Logan Keefe

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Automated Syringe Filler, David L. Keister III, Chad W. Borntreger, Ethan M. Oglesbee, and Zachary M. Stevens

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Relationships Between Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Environmental Factors at Edgewater Beach, Anna M. King

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Selective, Catalytic Decomposition of Hydrazine, Benjamin A. Kitson and Shirin N. Oliaee

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Designing a Nano-Drone with Hybrid Structural Energy Storage, Ann Klindworth, Jared Cornett, Kyle Leifheit, and Joseph DeJacimo

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Lipid-Protein Interactions via Fluorescence Quenching in Small Unilamellar Vesicles, Talia Kordahi

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srcMX: A GUI Application for srcML, Brian Kovacs

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Comparison of Option Price from Black-Scholes Model to Actual Values, Matthew J. Krznaric

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Electronic Health Records in the Academic World, Madeline Leapaldt

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Nutrition Education at First Glance, Allison G. Leffler Miss and Sarah O. Ulrich Miss

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The Effect of Drying on the Release of Small Hydrophilic Molecular Drugs from Polyelectrolyte Complex Beads, Dounsavanh Letdara

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Roam: Where She Goes, Tamara Lewis

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Related Parties: Audit Risk When 63 Entities Act as One, Alyssa Lieb

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Implementing tiny goals after current habits to create consistent healthy lifestyle routine, Megan Lieber

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The Takeover of Standardized Tests, Karlie M. Lieberth

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Difference in Knowledge of MRSA Regarding Sophomore and Senior Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Payton T. Lloyd, Daniel B. Whited, and Lori N. Crimaldi

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Calcium Alginate Microbead Production via an Air Assisted Shearing Process, Ryan Loftus

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PLC Water Pump Control, Kevin Logsdon

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Structural Design and Fabrication of a Rocket, Michael R. Lostoski Mr, Jeff Szucs, and Matt Schwenning

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Home Networking with Enterprise Equipment, Alex Lowers

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Compact Electric Personal Transport, James M. Maganja Mr.

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Getting the Green: Understanding the Market for Eco-Friendly Tires, Julia E. Mallinak, Kira L. Sizemore, Nicholas A. Moyer, Pauline G. Gaynesbloom, and Kyle R. Costal

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CONSERVATION OF A LADY’S WRAP FROM THE HOWER HOUSE MUSEUM, Natalie Mallinak

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ROOBockey "Autonomous Hockey Robot", Keith R. Martin, Troy W. Bowers, Deboshri Sadhukhan, and John A. Supel

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Determination of Intercalating Behavior of Bis-cation Imidazolium Salt Systems, Taylor Mattioli

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The Diameter of a Rouquier Block, Andrew Mayer

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What Must There be to Account for Being?, Dillon T. McCrea

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As If We Were Alive - Trauma Recovery in Toni Morrison's Beloved and The Bluest Eye, Eric D. McDonnell Jr

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Pothole Reporting System, Alissa L. McGill, Brian G. Simmons, Sean D. Querry, and Elizabeth J. Hammell

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Oxidation Resistance of Nanocrystalline 316L Stainless Steel Processed by High Pressure Torsion, Kevin J. Meisner

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REP as a Predictor of Weight Categories Determined by Anthropometric Measurements, Nicholas Mendola

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Mutagenesis-Based Active-Site Characterization of the Diabetes Drug Target MitoNEET, Lisa Mickley

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Modulation of Body Weight by Intestinal Flora in Orphan Nuclear Receptor SHP-/- Mice, Ryan Mifflin

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The Relationship Between Nursing Students' Perceptions of Staff Nurses' Attitudes Towards Them and Self-Efficacy in Sophomore- and Senior- Level Nursing Students, Sarah A. Mueller, Raechel M. Naragon, and Rachael R. Smith

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EMlighten, Emily Mulvany

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Deep Excavations in Urban Environments: A Review of Recent Developments, Micah D. Nine

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Galvanic Corrosion on Monel K-500 and 1018 Carbon Steel Couple, John K. Nnyanzi

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Factors Affecting Injury History and Their Overall Impact on Athletic Performance in Distance Runners, Trevor Norris

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A Review of Secondary Mathematics Textbooks on Families of Functions, Emily Nyszczy

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Smart Coffee Table, Matthew Owens

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Assessing the Effectiveness of the New Senior ED Program at Summa Akron City Hospital, Ahmed F. Ozgur

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The Physician’s Perspective on the Impact of Interpretive Services on the Physician- Patient Relationship, Amrita Pandey

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Support for Suicide Terrorism in Egypt, Matthew J. Pastoria

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Incorporating Six Sigma as a Management Tool in Project Management and Teamwork (PMT), Melissa A. Paydo

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Cogeneration System Comparison for the Akron Water Treatment Plant, Devin J. Pearcy and Madison R. Morgan

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The Effect of School Based Nursing on Health Related Outcomes in Children: A Review of Literature, Alexandra M. Pianalto and Mitchell C. Wall

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Zipping Towards STEM: Simulation Wind Tunnel, Emma Pierson, Greg Flohr, Devon Goldberg, Brandon Hein, and Jeremy Hein

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Recruiting and Hiring Millennial Talent in Northeast Ohio, Katharine Powell, Taylor Clawson, Rachel Scheuermann, John Brown, Brandon Johnson, and Elizabeth Stoneburner

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Stuttering and Tourette's: A Comparative Study, Mary Kate Prokopius

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Optimization of Formula SAE Electric Vehicle Frame with Finite Element Analysis, Alexander Prorok

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Social Media Management for Non-Profits and Churches, Paige K. Purtz 6896893

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The Importance of Passive Sustainable Design, Caitlin Raymond

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Controls on Joint Formation During Glacial Unloading of the Sharon Sandstone at Gorge Metropark, Akron, Ohio, Abigail N. Ritter

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The University of Akron Human Powered Vehicle Team, Maria E. Rizzo, Andrew J. Derhammer, Christopher M. Trowbridge, Timothy M. Nutt, Joseph R. Boyd, Jeremy W. Marcum, Jonathan E. Adams, Donald G. Haiss, Julia Wood, Brian D. Goshia, Scott T. Fagan, Joshua D. Everhard, and Rebecca L. Slivka

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Total and Regional BMD Comparison of Collegiate Male and Female Athletes, Michael G. Robinson 6978741

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The Barriers and Facilitators to Physical Activity on Campus: An Analysis of UA PhotoVoice Research, Taylor A. Rodenbaugh

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Calculators in High School Classrooms, Adam P. Rohrabaugh and Clay M. Cooper

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Galvanically Induced/Accelerated Crevice Corrosion, Zachary R. Roland

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Haitian and American Nursing Students' Knowledge of Child Life Concepts, Colleen Rosen

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Practical Implications of Learning from Unsuccessful Retrieval Attempts, Ann C. Rossmiller and James R. Houston

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ROObockey: Remote Controlled, Aim-Assisted Street Hockey Robot, Deboshri Sadhukhan, Troy W. Bowers, Keith R. Martin, and John A. Supel

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Association of Running Biomechanics and Injury in Middle School Cross Country Runners, Rachel Salberg

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The Religion of Social Media: When Islam Meets the Web, Zaina Salem

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Rocket Fin Test Fixture Development & Exploration of Rotation Inducing Fin Design, Ryan A. Saylor Mr., David J. Royak Mr., and Jacob P. Byron Mr.

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The Met Follows the World While Maintaining Peel’s Heritage, Garrett J. J. Scherba

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The Effects Race and Socioeconomic Status Have on Infant Mortality Rates, Gabrielle Schramm