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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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

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Pediatric Electrical Stimulation for Limb Lengthening: A Non-Invasive Approach, Corey J. Schurko, Sofia Chinchilla, Amanda E. Pinheiro, and Jacob A. Brock

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The Psychological Effects of Cochlear Implants: a Comparison of One Adult with a Cochlear Implant and One Without., Sarah Schwartzer

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Construction of Polyurethane Fabric Nanocomposites for use in Resistance Temperature Detectors-Effect of Polyurethane Concentration, Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, and Oxidant, Jordan M. Shaffer

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Recruiting and Maintaining Millennial Talent for The J.M. Smucker Company, Emmary Sharer, Conner J. Jones, Angela Morris, Andrew Harpel, Ashley Miesle, and Jessica Dixon

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Hand Lettered, Jennifer L. Shaw

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Untargeted Metabolomic Profiling of Rolipram-Stimulated Immune Cells, Sterling Shriber II

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

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Beginning Flute Pedagogy, Sabrina Simone

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

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Neuroimaging and Jury Decision Making: In Defense of The Defense?, Alana A. Snyder

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Challenges in Beginning Trombone Pedagogy, Robert Sobnosky

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Illustrating pit initiation and evolution in aluminum alloys according to a 3-dimensional cellular automata based model, Kathryn Stalker

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Traversing the East Coast in a Pair of Converse, Laura A. Stall

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3D Printing Applications within Spectrophotometry, Eric J. Stanczyk

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Effect of Case Management on Frequency of Emergency Department Visits by Persons with Mental Illness: A Systematic Review, Allison M. Stanton and Kayla C. Osoteo

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Newsrooms and Social Media, Hanna E. Steinker

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Diffusive Behavior of Physically Cross-linked Hydrogels, Morgan A. Stilke

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To Trade or Not to Trade: Public Opinion and Trade Liberalization in Chile, Nicholas J. Surkala II

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Explaining Anti-Americanism in Turkey: A Study of the Patterns of Anti-American Sentiment Among Turkish Citizens, rachel thacker

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Techniques for Viewing Pollen Tubes in Angiosperm Flowers, Cameron Thompson

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TITAN Wireless Camera Control System, Matthew J. Trowbridge, Ian Drake, Samuel Davis, and Ognjen Krco

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NFPA 2015/2016 Chainless Challenge Project Report, Andrew Tupta, Andrew Ball, Stefan Stamboldziev, Jordon Spence, and Sean Catchpole

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THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON NFPA 2015/2016 Chainless Challenge, Andrew Tupta, Andrew Ball, Stefan Stamboldziev, Jordon Spence, and Sean Catchpole

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NFPA 2015/2016 Chainless Challenge, Andrew Tupta, Stefan Stamboldziev, Sean Catchpole, Jordon Spence, and Andrew Ball

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The Effects of Left vs Right Hemisphere Cerebrovascular Accident, and Treatment, Nellie M. Turner

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Using Mathematical Research Methods to Solve a Problem in Music Theory Instruction, Specifically, the Teaching of Secondary Dominant Chords, Angela Ulrich

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Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan Students Abroad in France: The Importance of History in Understading the International Student Experience, Hannah M. Ulrich

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Black Cloud Randomization Test, Nicholas S. Vanni

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Economical Retrofit System to Reduce Cooking Emissions in Third World Dwellings, Jonathan VanZummeren, Tyler Sturgeon, and Ben Dalessandro

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Identification and Quantification of Zooplankton in NE Ohio Drinking Water Reservoirs, Michael Vigorito

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Separation of Water from ULSD using Superhydrophobic PS Nanofiber Mats, Alisa G. Webel

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Seeking Personal Financial Understanding for College Students, Nathan Webel

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Voice Activated Chess Set, William Weigand, Alysha Jansto, Kerim Bojadzija, and Mitchell Hall

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Stress and Exercise in Undergraduate Health Professions Students, Kristin R. Weismantel, Meghan G. Brickner, and Leah N. Rosler

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Young Adult Fiction Writing in the Classroom: Emily’s Investigation and Insights, Emily Westfall

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Heterogeneous Thermal Effects on Structural-Grade Steel, Eric Wickersham

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Case Study of Uber Data in the Central London Area, Kaylene Widdoes

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Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion: Rhamnolipid Effects, Andrea M. Wildroudt

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Motorcycle Helmet Crash Detection/Prevention System, David Witsaman

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Smart Tail-Light System, Julia Wood and Donald G. Haiss

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Understanding Cultural Health Beliefs and Practices in Ghana, Africa, Jamie Wossilek and Rachel Patterson

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Pollinator Sharing Between Mimulus ringens and Coflowering Plant Species in Northeastern Ohio, Andrew M. Wuellner

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Life Is Good No Matter What, Daniel J. Wyrock, Emily Kosuda, and Brian Raglow

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Gifted Education in Rural Schools, Paige E. Yeager

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What Makes A Man?: An Alpha male’s fight for masculinity against the media’s muscular ideals, Julie A. Yockey

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Understanding the Stigma of Hearing Loss and How If Affects the Patient and Treatment Process, Carolyn M. Zaitzew

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Fixing Our Schools: Paving the Way to Mentorship, Taylor N. Zepp

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Microstructure and Deformation Mechanism Analysis of Carbonate Rock located in an Anticline, Natalie R. Zidd

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Evaluation of the Signature Molecular Descriptor with BLOSUM62 and an All-Atom Description for Use in Sequence Alignment of Proteins, Lindsay M. Aichinger

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Assertiveness in Nursing Students, Kaitlin F. Amicone and Rachel Miller

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Student Voting Behavior at The University of Akron, Turner G. Anderson

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Looking Ahead: A Public Relations Plan for ServiceMaster of Hudson, Brianne Angell

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Temperature Control of an Emulsion Polymerization Process, Evan M. Arnold

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Community Identity, Rebecca F. Aronhalt

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The Effect of Personal Contact on Attitudes toward Mental Illness in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Jessica Ashe

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Free-Range Pre-Programmed RC Car, Alexander L. Aubihl, Andrew S. Hopwood, Benjamin J. Riggs, and Tyler P. Vance

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A Systematic Review: Non-pharmacological Interventions for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting, Miranda L. Ayers and Olateju F. Olowe

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Histological and Immunohistochemical Analyses Used to Study Craniosynostosis in Pediatric Patients, Palvir Kaur Baadh

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Magnus Effect in Duct Flow, Jesse S. Batko, Cameron W. Clarke, and Kenneth W. Smith Jr.

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Brainstorm Radiation Systems Inc, Calia Battista, Leah Krichbaum, Lauren Wickert, Cody George, and Ryan Manges

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The Relationship among Math Anxiety, Mathematical Performance, and Math Education in Undergraduate Nursing Students, Joshua D. Beall, Troy Roebuck, and Paul Penkalsky

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Growing Community Gardens through Education, Kaitlyn Becka, Sydney Martis, and Rich Mehok

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2015 Zips SAE Baja Brakes and Throttle System, Philip A. Bennett

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Wellness Wednesday: Monitoring Lifestyle Changes Via the Transtheoretical Model, Mariah J. Bloom Ms.

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The Butterflies that Saved the Dominican Republic, Rachel A. Bodenschatz

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Understanding and Implementing Extended Saxophone Techniques, Tyler R. Bokman

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Filtration of Aerosolized Oils with Layered Filter Media and Drainage Channels, Corey A. Boldon

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Enhanced Child’s Play LAN Design, Nicholas B. Bordo

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Exploring the Viability of Establishing a Children’s Grief Camp in South Africa, JoAnn Borer

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The Relationship between Critical Consciousness and Subjective Well-being, Lauren E. Bosley

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Foley Catheter Priming Device, Melissa A. Boswell, Landon Davis, Renee Horn, Tyler Grubb, and Jason Green

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An Empirical Analysis of State Supreme Court Candidate Fundraising, Michael Briach

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The Misallocation of Federal Funds in the U.S. Child Welfare System, Lauren A. Brown

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Puzzling Your Puzzler, Samantha Brown

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Electronic Health Record Simulator, Samuel M. Brown

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Generalized Mapping and Object Removal, Duncan Campbell

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Reusable Adhesive Tapes from Electrospun Polymer Fibers, Vishal K. Chaurasia

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Analysis of Password Cracking Methods & Applications, John A. Chester

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Modular Biped Robotic Base, Lawrence T. Chiavaroli, Andrew J. Forchione, Wesley A. Miller, and Joseph M. Drockton

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Relationship between isolated bacterial species and White-nose Syndrome, Jennifer Chishko

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SHARP RNA Recognition Motif Optimizations, Extensions, and Mutations for Use in 2D and 3D NMR Experiments, Shaun M. Christie

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Magnus Effect in Duct Flow, Cameron W. Clarke, Jesse S. Batko, and Kenneth W. Smith Jr.

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Culturally Sensitive Social Work and Mental Health Practice with the Amish, Julissa J. Coblentz Ms.

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Inspiring Piety: The influence of Caravaggio’s paintings in Santa Maria del Popolo, Cara Coleman