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 2015

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Developing a colorimetric membrane sensor to detect trihalomethanes in water samples utilizing the Fujiwara reaction, Max D. Duckworth

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The Effects of Land vs. Aquatic HIIT Treadmill Running on Aerobic and Anaerobic Performance – A Pilot Study, Cory N. Egli

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Biodegradable Poly(Ester Urea's) Scaffold Sponges Containing Platelet-Rich Plasma For Targeted Tendon-Bone Fixation, Alex B. Ellenberger Mr.

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The Psychological Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy on Elderly Nursing Home Patients, Sophia M. Elliott

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Determining the Critical Micelle Concentration of Polymer Matrix for Drug Delivery Purposes, Katie Emmert

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Electronic Learning Guitar, Justin Fiser

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Do Epidermal Cell Types Have an Effect Upon Ultraviolet Patterns on Flower Petals?, Margaux Flaherty

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Therapeutic Animal Camp for Children Affected by Cancer, Katie Fleck

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Designing a Heat Sink for Lithium-ion Battery Packs in Electric Vehicles, Evan Foreman, Dylan Irvine, Aaron Jackson, Christopher Brandon Remington, and Sam Endrizzi

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Pcdh19 Expression in Normal and Regenerating Adult Zebrafish Retinas, Kristin N. Forkapa Ms.

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Role of the Physical Therapist in Reducing Postoperative Complications in Type 2 Diabetics, Angela M. Formanik

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Acculturation of International Student-Athletes, Alexandra L. Frawley

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Nutrition Educational Programming: An added step in the integrated healing process of the residents of the Battered Women's Shelter, Annalise Friend

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Liberty Valley Church Network, Timothy D. Fuhry

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Taxation on Morals, Alex J. Fulop

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Modeling the Progress and Retention of International Students Using Markov Chains, Lucas Gagne

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Design of The University of Akron's 2015 FSAE Electric Vehicle Braking System, Nicholas D. Galbincea

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Determination of the Structure of Sphingomyelin by Tandem Mass Spectrometry and Matrix - Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization, Antonio Ganios

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An Examination of District Goals Across Cultures, Brad J. Gasser

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A Moderated and Scored Debate: What is the role of lecture in teaching social studies?, Elliot E. Georgiadis

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A Systematic Review: Immediate and Maintenance Effects of Interventions on Handwashing Compliance in Healthcare Workers, Brent E. Gibson and Dajana Markovic

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The Effect of an Educational Hunger Cues Intervention on Awareness in Mothers with Infants, Juliana F. Gill and Ellen A. Vierheller

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Geropsychiatric Medical Problems, Daniel Giorgio

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Stable Isotopes in Seabirds, Kimberly Gosciak

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The effects of instructional strategies on adherence to a flexibility program and physiological outcomes, Taylor M. Graham

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Creation of a Portable, 3D-Printable, iPhone-Compatible Spectrophotometer, Elise K. Grasse

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Oil Filter Wrench Attachment, Steven J. Greenbank

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Preliminary Nutritional Profile Analysis of Box Tops 4 Education Food Products, Hannah Griffith

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Development of Potting Device for Testing of Cadaveric Knee Joints, Erica Grutkowski

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A Study of the Huff Run Watershed, Benjamin Habig

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Application of Lipid Styryl Dye for Staining Intracytoplasmic Membranes in Gram-Negative Bacteria, Theodore J. Hammer

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Unfriend?: An analysis of friendship comparing subjects’ perceptions of face-to-face versus Internet-mediated relationships, Matthew S. Harp

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Induced and Spontaneous Labor Education: Evaluation, Knowledge, and Intent to Discuss Options in Pregnant Women, Kathleen Hartzell and Katherine Bartolotta

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Autonomous Robot Sphere, Robert Haver, Melissa Haver, Daniel Madden, and Noah Robertson

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Gender and the Popular Heroines (and Heroes) of the Young Adult Dystopia, Kara E. Hemphill

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Interactions between Phospholipids and Polymers with Time Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Zachary E. Hier

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Social Class as a Moderator of the Relationship between Normative Male Alexithymia and Relationship Satisfaction, Deanna L. Hoagland and Ronald F. Levant

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United States Food Insecurity and the Need for Improved Nutrition and Additional Nutrition Education in Local Food Assistance Programs, Carissa Hohider and Elizabeth Sain

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Electrospinning of S-B-S Triblock and S-I-S Triblock Copolymers For Use in Fuel Filtration, Kevin Houser

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NASA Limited Inflight Lab Sensor, Gregory P. Howard and James C. Hanreck

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Nylon-6 Fabric Nanocomposite Resistance Temperature Detectors - Effects of Oxidant, MWCNT, and Nylon-6 Concentration, Rebecca Howdyshell

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A Survey of Speech-Language Pathologists on Facilitating Support Groups for those with Communication Disorders, Danielle A. Hower and K. Todd Houston Ph.D

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Power Soccer Footguard Attachment System, Allison Hubbell, Vivian Kontoveros, Andrew McClain, and Lauren Monsanty

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Water Treadmill Versus Land Treadmill Training Effects on Leg Strength and Cardiovascular Endurance, Michelle E. Hudson Ms.

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Senior Design: KONG Toy Instruction-Manual Insertion, Rachael L. Innocenzi, Ashley N. Cuthbert, and Marianna R. Smith

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Designing a Heat Sink for Lithium-ion Battery Packs in Electric Vehicles, Dylan Irvine, Evan Foreman, Christopher B. Remington, Aaron Jackson, and Sam Endrizzi

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Automated Beverage Dispenser, Sonya Istocka

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Folgers: The New Era of Coffee, Anthony J. Jakubowski, Danielle Hickman, Annie Pang, Adrianna Hartman, and Alex Naragon

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Creating a Mobile Game, Timothy Jasany

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An Examination of Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease, David M. Jenkins

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Honors Project Database UI Redesign, Fred L. Johnson Jr.

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Utilizing Ultrasonic Technology to Manage Algal Blooms in Lake Rockwell, Mackenzie Kaser and Andrew Perdue

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Relating Personality and Body Size to Social Networks and Dispersal Behavior in Female Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), Janean Kazimir

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Sketching the Stories of the Ausbund, Carita B. Keim Ms.

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Parameters Estimation of Material Constitutive Models using Optimization Algorithms, Kiswendsida Jules Kere

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2015 AFRL University and Service Academy Design Challenge, Andrew P. Killmeyer, Jacob Stein, Casey Hale, Jeff Quartermaine, Kevin Rolik, Brandon Null, Nick Tsangeos, Marissa Seeley, Sam Moats, Nicholas Garafolo PhD, and Daniel Slattery

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Creative Writing Programs as Supplement to the Common Core Standards to Support Literacy among Inner-City High School Students, Chelsi L. King

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Caregiver Perceptions of Healthcare Providers and Environments Related to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deanna Klettlinger, Lynn Wirfel, and Brittany Bielak

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Predicting Key Residues Relevant to hIAPP Fibril Stability Using Permuted Residue Minimal Distance Pairs of rIAPP and hIAPP Dimers, Zak Kohler

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Morphometric Analysis of Left & Right Tonsils in Adult Symptomatic Type 1 Chiari Patients and Healthy Controls, Louis J. Konstan

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Click Chemistry Protein Immobilization, James P. Kraley

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Chinese Chess Site, Andrew M. Krigline

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Gene Expression of Tissue-Engineered Distal Phalanx Models Utilizing Polymer Scaffolds with Hydroxyapatite and Beta-Tricalcium Phosphate, Kristrun H. Kristinsdottir, William J. Landis Ph.D., and Robin Jacquet M.S.

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ISO: Understanding Elective International Certification, Lauren R. Kukwa

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Screaming from the Inside, Kelly M. Kunze

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Sports Innovations Track Jack, Kyle Kvasnicka

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: MONITORING LIFESTYLE CHANGES VIA SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY, Kailey A. Kyser

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FSAE Electric Vehicle Cooling System Design, Jeff LaMarre

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AMT Bridle Clip Re-design, Andrew Lang, Frandy Cador, and Boubacar Ide

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Self-Balancing Two Wheeled Robot, David Laubli, Thomas Garabedian, Jordan Paul, Nikheel Patel, and Michael Redle

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Zymosan Activation of TLRs: Stimulation of Innate Immunity and Nitric Oxide Production, Sarah Loeser

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The Only Dreamer, Katelyn H. Long

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A Comprehensive Study of the Male Voice Mutation, Alexander A. Looney

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Women's Fitness Week, Claire T. Lucas and Tiffany M. Finch

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Philosophy of Mathematics: Theories and Defense, Amy E. Maffit

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Vegetable Plate Waste, Lindsey A. Maiani

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Characterization of Noncovalent Complexes of Polyelectrolytes by Mass Spectrometry, Anthony J. Marino

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Effect of Nanofiber Morphology on PVDF Air Filter Performance, Andrew W. Marton

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An Order of Worlds, Rachel Mast

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Characteristics of Salafi Jihadist Activists, Emily N. Mayfield

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Social Media & Audience Participation in Regard to Television, Jean Marie McBride

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The Impact of Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures on the Corrosion of Steel Rebar in Concrete, Carlee C. McCowin and Donald P. Visco Jr.

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Time Spent in the Military as a Moderator of Endorsement of Traditional Masculinity Ideology Predicting Relationship Satisfaction, Keiko M. McCullough and Ronald F. Levant

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Freshman 15: How The University of Akron is affected per residence hall, Daniel G. McQuillen

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Potential Role of Protein Kinase Cbeta in High Fat Diet-Induced Adipose Dysfunction by Regulating Autophagy Levels, Neil Mehta

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Perversions of the American Dream in the 20th Century Novel: Requiem for a Dream and The Great Gatsby, Mary C. Menzemer

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Senior Honors Project: Nutrition Education for the Geriatric Population, Rachel Merkle

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Old Style Havana Rum: Start Up Plan, Bryan S. Midlik

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The Challenges and Perceptions of Raising a Child Who Uses AAC: A Review of the Literature, Rachel M. Mikolay

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Mangled Extremity Simulator, Abigail Miller, Jonathan Clevenger, and Nadia Gaskins

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Assertiveness in Nursing Students, Rachel Miller

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An Exploration of the French and American Schools of Classical Saxophone, Sarah E. Miracle

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What Causes Variation in Peacock Feather Colors?, Chance Mitan

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Honoring the Victims: How the Change in Ethics Ruined Science in the Third Reich and What to Do With the Remaining Medical Data, Kathleen M. Mitchell

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Synthesis, Characterization and Anti-Proliferative Activity of an Imidazolium Salt and its Silver Carbene Complex: Utilization of Picolyl and Quinolylmethyl Substituents, Cari E. Molnar

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Political Factors and the Adoption of the Merit System of Judicial Selection, Joshua E. Montgomery

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Origins of Life on Earth: Mineral Effects on Vesicle Formation and Permeability, Jacob Morris

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Behavior of Pollinators That Share Two Co-Flowering Wetland Plant Species, Joshua R. Morris

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Review of the Accuracy of Two Pain Assessment Tools in Nonverbal Adult Patients, Mackenzie Mosley, Emily Hartman, Kristen Tankovich, and James Galantis

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Drug Interactions with Glutaredoxin Orthologues, Kahlilah R. Napper, Thomas C. Leeper, Ram Khattri, Daniel Morris, and Caroline Davis