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 2018

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An Analysis of the Factors which Effectively Attract College Graduates, Mandy Kaur, Kaleb Oney, Joseph Chadbourne, Kayli Bookman, and Benjamin Beckman

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An Analysis of the Factors which Effectively Attract College Graduates, Mandy Kaur, Kaleb Oney, Joseph Chadbourne, Kayli Bookman, and Benjamin Beckman

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Preserved Consciousness in the Absence of a Cerebral Cortex, the Legal and Ethical Implications of Redefining Consciousness and Its Neural Correlates: A Case for a Subcortical System Generating Affective Consciousness, Shadia Kawkabani

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The Effects Of Running Orientation on Gecko Locomotor Performance, Austin Keith

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Clarinet Pedagogy: Common Challenges and Solutions, Robyn King

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The Effectiveness of Word Walls on Various Groups of Students, Taylor Kish

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Reasons to Realize That We Can’t Really Know about Unrealized Possibilities, Joseph Klein

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Vapocoolant Spray’s Effect on Peripheral Inserted Venous Catheter Pain in Adult Patients, Zachary Krol, Fiona Flaherty, and Ryan Williams

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Decision Trees: Predicting Future Losses for Insurance Data, Amanda Lahrmann

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The Touch of Arvo Pärt, Gabriel Lane

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Loose Light, Logan Lane

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Social Media Strategy for With Purpose, Kelly Lauck

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The Effect of Lactation Consultation on the Duration of Breastfeeding in New Mothers: A Systematic Review, Jillian Leiter, Jennifer Naegeli, and Lilyana Walkley

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An algorithm to determine all odd primitive abundant numbers with d prime divisors, Jacob Liddy

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Altering Oligomerization of EphA2 via Mutations in the Intracellular Domain, Ryan W. Lingerak

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Photosynthetic Activity Under Low Light, Danijela Lonco

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MHT Assembly Line, Sean Lundholm

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A Review of the Utility of Bayesian Network Models, Luke Magyar

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A Systematic Review: Factors for Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in U.S. Nurses, Kaitlyn Marcum, Tabitha Rusnak, and Mckenzie Koch

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Physical Education, Physical Activity & Academic Achievement: A Longitudinal Study for 1st and 8th Grade Students, Jessica Marita

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James-Stein Estimation in Baseball, Isaac Matejin

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Grocery List: An Android Application, Daniel McFadden

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Defining Bullying, Emma McHale

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Correlation of Electrospun Polyvinylpyrrolidone Fiber Mat Thickness with Basis Weight, Fiber Diameter, Pore Size Distribution, and Air Permeability, Leah McPherson

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The Influence of Organic Pigments on Coating Properties, Sarah Medeiros

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UA Feature Twirler for a Day, Amy Mellinger

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Financial Literacy Seminar: An Exploration of Financial Literacy Education in Ohio, MarySarah Menkhaus

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Exercising Efficiently with an Equipment Ticketing Mobile Application, Eric Merryman

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Spacecraft Fire Safety Research: Combustion of Lithium-ion Batteries to Predict Fire Scenarios, Elisabeth Meyer

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Communication Apprehension, Self-Efficacy, and Their Effects on the Utilization of On-Campus Services, Ashley Mikolay

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Campus Child Care in Ohio: An Assessment of Characteristics, Quality, and Challenges, Cassandra Milham

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Human Powered Vehicle Design Team: Speed Variable Steering Stabilizer, Eric Miller and Matt Kraml

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Soil Moisture Sensor, Jaclyn Miller, Derek Bitecofer, and Seung Jun Lee

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Administrative Cost Reimbursement Online, Luciano Mogorovic

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Physical Therapy and the Integration of Dry Needling, Katie Montgomery

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The Effect of Poverty Simulation Participation on Attitudes Toward Children Living in Poverty for Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Amanda Moore, Leah Struhsaker, and Kaylee Gutschow

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Brain Death: An Investigation of Current Controversies, Meile Moore

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Figures of WWI, Grant Morgan

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Understanding Black Rat Predation On Hawaiian Petrels and Newell’s Shearwaters Through Stable Isotope Analysis, Megan Munyon

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Electrospinning Aqueous Solutions of Poly(ethylene oxide) using a Corona-type Apparatus, Nicholas Neill

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A Correlation Study of the Nest Incubation Period and Hatchling Development and Success Rate for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidocheyls olivacea) Turtle Conservation: Playa Junquillal, Costa Rica, Natalie O'Brien

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Effects of Hurricane Harvey and Irma on State Building Codes, Nathaniel Otermat

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I Guess We Are All Different After All: A Children's Book, Angelica Renee Owen

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Impedance Tube Alternative via the Transfer Function Method, Nathan Palella and Griffin J. Binkley

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Evaluation of silane-doped epoxy coatings for resisting aluminum corrosion by oxalic acid, an A. Niger metabolite, Alex Pica

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Mutations in Rhodopsin Transmembrane Helix 5 and Dimerization Interface, Margaret Pinkevitch

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Garbage Disposal, Madison Popa, Tyler Miller, Mitchell Wheeler, and Johnathon Klebe

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Human Powered Vehicle Frame Design, Analysis, Manufacturing, and Testing, Christopher Reed and Kole W. Williams

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The Psychosocial Effects of Hearing Loss on Adults, Holly Reed

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It's a Goodyear for Innovation, Nathaniel Rellinger, Erin Horstman, Miranda Radesic, Layne McKinley, Nash Smalley, and Rachel Starvaggi

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The Effectiveness of Living Learning Communities on Residence Hall Students, Jessica Repko

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Polyhexamethylene Biguanide Release by Chitosan-Heparin Nanoparticles, Jacob Ress

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Opioids and Unemployment, David Robinson

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The Role of Income Inequality on Social Movements in the United States, Hannah Rochford

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2018 Formula SAE Michigan Cost Report: Abbreviated Version, Rachel Rodgers

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Campus Climate Sexual Assault Survey (2015) Analysis, Felicia Rosin

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Calling Attention to the Growing Heroin Epidemic and How to Fight It, Kendal Rozaieski

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Camp Wanake Information Dissemination: Retreatant Literature and Materials, Erica Rymer

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Tandem Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS) for Determination of Architecture of Synthetic Polymers, Shoumik Saha

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Emotion regulation and worker well-being: Does who you act with matter?, Megan Schmidt

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A Comparison of Gecko Adhesion on Soft Substrates, Alexis Schnarrenberger

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The Importance and Development of Catastrophe Models, Kevin Schwall

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Fornication Prosecutions beyond the Mainstream Community and the Role of Community Policing in Early Colonial New England, Bridget Sciscento

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Reaction Kinetics of the Hydrogenation of Phenol in a Tubular Reactor, Michael Selzer

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Galvanic and Pitting Corrosion of a Fastener Assembly, Julie Shallman

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Basic Highway Workzone Safety, Collin Shamberger

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The Incarceration Nation: Interpreting the United States Imprisonment Rate, Robert Sharp

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The Effect of Complementary Therapies on the Treatment of Chemotherapeutic Induced Nausea and Vomiting: A Systematic Review, Kailyn Sickel, Mary Barrett, and Abigal Siegenthaler

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Enhancement of Instruction Pamphlet Insertion Machine, Zachary Skraba, Colton Rentsch, Brad Ruhaak, Abdulwahab Almuhwish, and Faris Almulhim

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A Chronology of Diet and Habitat Use in the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris): Insights from Stable Isotope Analysis, Malia Smith

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Swagelok Adjustable Check Valve Setting Device, Brandon Sours, Paul Olson, David Race, and Nick Rimpf

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An Exploration of Alternative Processes in Photography, Stephanie Spyker

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Guardian Condor, jake stefanick, Matt Wallace, Dan Bologna, and Kevin Bayonnet

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Robotic Mining Digging Core, John Stefan and Ryan Weir

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Play to Say: A Speech Therapy Activities Website, Lauren Stover

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An Assessment of Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids on the Cancer Exposure Risk of Ohio Drinking Water Systems, Stephen Sykes

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Proposal for a University of Akron Chronic Condition Support Group, Kendra Taylor

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Interfacial Corrosion of Copper and the Formation of Copper Hydroxychloride, Mary Teague, Shengxi Li, and Hongbo Cong

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Exploring Hydrotherapy with Autism, Allison Teske

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Two Notes on a Piano, Samuel Thomas

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Marianismo and Mental Health: A Cross-Sectional Study on Latina Perspectives, Sara Tilisky

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Morphological Imaging and Analysis of Adhesive Setae in the Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis, Alexandra Tomasko

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Design of Shape-Conforming Nosecone for Optimal Fluid Flow from Transonic to Supersonic Range, Anna Tombazzi

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The Effects of Rehabilitation on the Ability to Reintegrate into Society, Benjamin J. Troxell

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Applying Control Logic to the End of the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel Based on Downstream Capacity to Reduce Overflow of Akron’s Wastewater Collection System, William Troyer

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Sandia Senior Design Collaboration: Vacuum Sensor Design, James L. Valerio, Eric J. Black, Joseph P. Bednarz, and David R. Warther

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Exchange Parking Deck Solar Feasibility Study, Rich DeVito Vineyard

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Navigational Heads-Up Display, Alex Walenchok, Nicholas Seifert, Joshua Reed, and Joshua Humphrey

Smart-Teleprompter: An Online Teleprompter with Text Editing, Mikyla Wilfred

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Smart-Teleprompter: An Online Teleprompter with Text Editing, Mikyla Wilfred

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An Electrophysiological Study on Sex-Related Differences in Emotion Perception, Natalie Wiswesser, James Houston PhD, and Philip Allen PhD

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Assessment and Intervention of Young Spanish speakers who are learningEnglish as a Second Language, Nicole Katherine Wiswesser and Terry Hallett Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Cleaning The World One SmartLink At A Time, Ryan Zwahlen, Sarah Lucas, Sara Woika, Faith Goforth, Logan Hanreck, and Rachel Schirripa

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Quantification and analysis of carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 stable isotope variation in brood V cicada nymph exoskeletons, Eric Aho

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Packmule, Jared M. Alexander, Jared J. Ford, Timothy J. Griffiths, and Andray Pennington

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The Effects of Polyunsaturated Aldehydes on Pelagic Microbial Food Webs in the Chesapeake Bay Area and Atlantic Coastal Waters, Chase Alfman

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Design of Natural Rubber Extraction from TKS Dandelion, Jehad S. Alrawajfeh, Trevor Cody, and Jason Pogozelski

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The Impact of Court Ordered Sobriety: A Test of Labeling Theory, Monica B. Andress

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System for Workout Information Management, Mark Archual and Ethan E. Schweinsberg

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Lighted Ear Curette, Kelsey Ashmore, Kaitlin Klotzle, Crysta Yamamoto, Katrina Elfrink, and Cynthia Stoller