Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 21:24:37


Biomedical Science

Honors Course

Senior Honors Program in Biology (3100 499)

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


I studied the age at first menstruation as a predictor of Western diet consumption among adults at The University of Akron and in Cleveland. I used stable carbon and nitrogen isotope compositions of human hair, as well as surveyed consumption of foods important to a Western diet (red meat, sugar, and dairy), to understand whether participants aligned with a Western dietary pattern. Age at survey and adult economic status were investigated as potential confounding variables. My data analysis and conclusions for this project has been completed and approved by my advisor and committee. To maintain collaborators' ability to publish a comprehensive analysis of this dataset, I am not at liberty to publish my results here. Broader analyses of diet composition across lifetime, age at menarche, and economic status represent interesting avenues for future study.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Randall J. Mitchell

First Reader

Dr. Anne Wiley

Second Reader

Dr. Nicole Burt

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brian Bagatto



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