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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Constrained Templates in C++, Braden L. Obrzut

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Polymer Interactions with Nucleic Acids Under Various Physiological Conditions, Matthew S. Obrzut

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Automatic Turning Movements Identification System: Intersection Error Analysis, Brandon Ross Orr and Joseph Thomas Lanni

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The Effects of Substrate Roughness in Air and Water on the Gecko Adhesive System, Amanda Palecek

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THE USE OF CARBON FIBER REINFORCED ALUMINUM TO STIFFEN A PORTALEDGE STRUCTURE, Jacob Palmer

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Body Image Differences Between University Students’ Major of Study, Alissa C. Parsons

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Perceived Masculinity/Femininity of Managers and the Feedback Environment, Jeremy W. Pawlak and Paul E. Levy Dr.

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Design of an SAE Baja Racing Off-Road Vehicle Powertrain, Eric T. Payne

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Synthesis and Characterization of Imidazolium Salt Derivatives for Anti-Tumor Activity, Ryan W. Pearce

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Formation of Polymer Micro-Tubes, Daniel Peters

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Reflections on Effectively Implementing Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom, Alyssa N. Petsche

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In Game Engine Documentation, Zachary A. Pierce

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Life Histories of Refugees from Burma in Akron, Ohio, Megan Powley

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Design of a Horizontal Creep Testing Machine, Michael Presby

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LED Learning Guitar, Kellen C. Reusser and Justin Fiser

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Treatment Outcomes for the MASS Treatment Approach for Adults who stutter: A case study assessment, Danielle Reymann

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Testimony Coming to Life: Revealing the Lord through Dance, Rachil L. Reynolds

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Electrowetting Applications for the Filtration of Diesel Fuel, Zachary Richmond

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Proposed Statistical Model for Corrosion Failure Prediction and Lifetime Extension of Pipelines, Jessica Y. Ripple

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Low Cost Shear and Pressure Sensor, Kyle L. Rohrig, Phaethon D. Kotantoulas, Brandon J. Lloyd, Hazim H. Abualola, and Tao Ruan

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Development of a Modified Cervical Collar to Eliminate Overheating and Dysphagia Side Effects, Elizabeth M. Rondinelli, Katharine J. Hodgson, Samantha L. Ballash, and Jessica C. Augustynovich

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Parametric Study of Self-Centering Concentrically-Braced Frames in Response to Earthquakes, Nicholas F. Roth

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Biosurfactants in Electrospinning, Jonathan Russell

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Disc Golf Locator, Noah M. Sanor

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Kangaroo Care and Preterm Infants, Natalie Schindler and Kathryn Lynn

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Almanac, Katherine L. Schultz

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Micro Topographic and pH Effects on Sphagnum Growth, Ziad Shwaiki

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Effectively Preparing Special Education Teachers: Success in Urban Environments, Gabrielle Siegenthaler

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The Effects of Sustainability as a Positive Attribute on Equine Therapy Design: An Interdisciplinary Study, Andria Sinclair

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The Examination of Stress Corrosion Cracking in High Strength Carbon Steel through Combined Mechanical-Electrochemical Testing, Jacob Sines

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2015 AFRL University Design Challenge, Daniel Slattery, Andrew P. Killmeyer, Brandon Null, Brendan Jones, Casey Hale, Jake Stein, Jeff Quartermaine, Kevin Rolik, Nick Tsangeos, Sam Moats, and Marisa Seeley

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

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New Multiphase Reactor Design Using Electrospun Nanofibers, Victoria Smith

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Reactions of Hexachlorocyclotriphosphazene and Lewis Bases to Produce [PON]3: Methanesulfonic Acid and Dimethylformamide Reactions with [PCl2N]3, Savannah R. Snyder

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An Analysis of Microbial Involvement in Biospeleogenesis Within Lechuguilla Cave System, Garrett Sonntag

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Mandarin Chinese as a Second Language: A Review of Literature, Wesley A. Spencer

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The Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Influenza, Jonah M. Spoerndle

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Methods of Policing: Deviation from the Standard Model of Policing and Measured Effectiveness, Elena Stamm

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Relationship Between Stages of Change and HPV Vaccine Attitudes and Beliefs in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Megan M. Stein, Michael Sabo, and Julia Caverly

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Parent Preferences and Evaluations of Various Parenting Resources, June E. Stephens

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Investigating Use of Beta Coefficients for Stock Predictions, Jeffrey Swensen

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Optimization of Polydopamine Coatings, Helen C. Terrill Ms.

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Implementing IS-IS Routing and DHCP Services in an IPv4 Network, Laura Thompson

Women and Weights: Understanding Stereotypes and Misconceptions, Rachael Thut

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The University of Akron 2015 SAE Zips Baja Off-Road Racing Team 2015 Suspension System Design, Ryan W. Timura

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The University of Akron Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy: Past, Present, Future, Jonathan E. Vichosky

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The Effects of Instructional Strategies on Adherence to a Flexibility Program and Physiological Outcomes, Peter L. Waisala

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Monitoring System for Electric Motors, Sean Waples

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The Quiet Conversation, Samantha Weisend

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The Persuasive Aspect of Brands, Kaylie A. West

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On and Off the Stage: A Look at Working with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Alyssa Whiddon

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An Investigation in Implementing a C++ Voxel Game Engine with Destructible Terrain, Michael W. Wilder

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Synthesis and Anti-Proliferative Activity of N,N’-bis(arylmethyl)benzimidazolium Salts, Travis M. Williams

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"Lean"ing Towards Improvement, Katie Wojciechowski

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A Comparison of Empathy in Sophomore and Senior Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Alexandra I. Woods and Stephanie Malachin

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Tactical Medicine: An Examination of Medical Training in Law Enforcement, Brian J. Woods Jr.

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The Importance of a Strong Mathematical Foundation, Jasmine M. Wriston

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All American Soap Box Derby Competition, Justin E. Yager and Spencer Cullen

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Literature Review: Effects of Myofascial Release on Range of Motion and Athletic Performance, Alex Zazac

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Evaluation of Tissue-engineered Tendon Enthesis Polymer Constructs, Joshua A. Bundy BS, Mary Beth Wade PhD, Hitomi Nakao MD, Phillip McClellan PhD, Qing Yu PhD, Robin Jacquet-Childs MS, and William J. Landis PhD

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An Analysis of Racial Identity, Internalized Racial Oppression, Self-Esteem, and Media Consumption in African American Students, Latoya Higginbottom

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Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Multiply Charged Polymers: Using MS3 Strategies for Full Structural Characterization of Polyacrylamides, Paul M. Krauss

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Web Development for the Home Builders Associoation Serving Portage and Summit Counties, Gail Lewis White