Honors Theses

 

The Honors Program is rooted in the Catholic Marianist tradition, encouraging social responsibility and ethical sensitivity with its many leadership and service opportunities.

Honors theses are as diverse and ambitious as creating solar-powered, easy-to-use equipment to sterilize medical devices; writing a novel or series of short stories; pursuing neuroscience research to better understand Alzheimer's disease; and publishing a book based on branding elements designed specifically for several organizations.

For theses dated prior to 2014, contact the University Archives and Special Collections at archives@udayton.edu.

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Submissions from 2016

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Activism, Community and Cultural Heritage: “Communitism” in Creek Literature, Rachel Maria Cain

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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function and the Pollination Ecology of Urban Gardens in Dayton, Ohio, Angela Nicole Giaquinto

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Design and Prototyping of a Variable Geometry Extrusion Die to Exhibit Significant Alteration of Shape, David C. Bell

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Domain Representability and Topological Completeness, Matthew D. DeVilbiss

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Drosophila Models to Investigate the Role of Regulation of Cell Death in Development and Cancer, Anam Hussain

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E-commerce’s Impact on Big-Box Retailers, Brian Bates

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Effects of Acute Stress and Ethanol Consumption on IL-1β in Female Long Evans Rats: A Pilot Study, Kristin R. Creel

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Effects of a Peer Developed Nutrition Education Intervention on the Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Elementary School Children, Sydney Marie Antolini

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Effects of Body Weight Loading on Arch Height, Anastasia Bjelopetrovich

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Effects of Combination Ice and Compression Socks on Resting Calf Blood Flow in Trained Male Athletes, Michael John Hudock Jr.

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Examining the Protective Effects of Self-Positivity on Information Avoidance, Amanda C. Ferrante

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Finding a Correlation between Zooplankton Abundance and the Aggregation of Abudefduf saxatilis (Sergeant Major Damselfish) Beneath Boats, William Duritsch

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Looking Anew at the Rothko Chapel: The Future of Interfaith Space on the Catholic Campus, Krista Bondi

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Model Behavior: An Assessment of Role Model Attachment, Patrick C. Doyle

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One Signal, Two Behaviors: Odor Discrimination in Unmated versus Mated Female Green Bottle Flies, Lucilia sericata, George Iannantuono

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Poetry and the Post-Apocalyptic Paradox: North American Indigenous Disruptions to the Westernized Self, Joseph Benjamin Ziegler Ferber

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Preachers, Politics and the Pulpit: The Influence of Church Structure on How Clergy Approach Political Topics and How Congregations Receive Their Messages, Michael Bender

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Results on Some Generalizations of Interval Graphs, Jonathan David Ashbrock

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The Evolution of the Scope and Political Ambition of the State Attorneys General, Elizabeth A. Brumleve

Submissions from 2015

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An Operational Performance and Safety Comparison of Roundabouts vs. Traditional Intersections, Vincent Spahr

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Archivum Plena: The Quest for a Fulfilling Past, Madeline McDermott

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Black White and In-Between: Race and Ethnicity in the Criminal Justice System 1885-1915, Elizabeth M. Wilhelm

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Chitinozoan Biodiversity in the Ordovician of Gondwana: An Interval-Free Approach Using the Quantitative Stratigraphic Correlation Program CONOP9, Rachel Sales

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Cocoa and Chocolate: Deconstructing the Development Paradigm in Cameroon, Chelsea VanHook

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Coding DNA into Music: An Alternate Way of Analysis, Samuel Fesenmeier

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Does Study Abroad Impact Students’ Personality?, Ashley Ann Marshall

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Examining the Role of Self-esteem in the Association between Emotional Vulnerability and Psychological Well-being, Kathryn Schilling

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Exploration of Protein-Protein Interactions Involving Deinococcus radiodurans PriA, DnaB and SSB, Christopher S. Morrow

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Female Bodybuilders: Caught in the Crossfire of Patriarchy and Capitalism, Kimberly Michelle Land

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Genre Controversy: Human Universality or Plagiarism in the Dystopian Genre?, Taylor V. Kingston

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Hate Crime Laws: What Are They and Who Do They Protect?, Maya Pedersen

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Investigation of the Genetic Interactions between Hippo Signaling Pathway and Drosophila C-terminal Src kinase (dCsk), Hailey Jimin Kwon

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Kinetic Characterization of B-Carotene in n-hexane at Various Oxygen Concentrations, Katelyn Mary Arnold

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Mostly True: An Exploration of My Family History, Jessica Urban

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Multi-Segment Foot Joint Kinematics with Varying Midfoot Orthotic Postings, Hilary F. Feskanin

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Practical Cosmopolitans: The Diversity of a Changing Indian Ocean, 1500-1750, Jordan Seitz

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Reading Interventions in Relation to the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Kathryn C. Auletto

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Root Cover Pebbling on Graphs, Claire A. Sonneborn

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School-Books on Tape: The Tensile and Adhesive Strength of Duct Tape in a College Backpack, Robin Elizabeth Ker

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Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty: Victorian Genius in a Millennial World, Allison K. Carey

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Synthesis of Phosphorus-Based Hemiacetals for Potential Flame Retardants, Sara Alakkad

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Synthesis of Potential Phosphorus-Nitrogen Containing Flame Retardants, Colin Kloock

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The Effects of Music on Employee Affect, Nolan J. McNulty

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The Seal of Solomon: An Exploration of Storytelling, Ryan M. Krisby

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The Second Punic War: The Turning Point of an Empire, Timothy Edward Schaefer

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The State of El Salvador: Human Rights and Violence in the Post War Era, Christine Caldera

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Understanding the Role of the Common Core State Standards in Catholic Education, Annemarie Fisher

Submissions from 2014

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A Hero’s Journey: Aegean’s Destiny, Olivia J. Ullery

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An Undivided Heart: How Mary Unites What Sin Divides According to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Ann M. Michalica

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As Stable as the Dollar Stretches: The Impact of US Foreign Aid on Social Stability in Jordan, Jasmine Renee Jordan

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Auditory Information in the Form of a Scratching Sound Enhances the Effects of the Rubber Hand Illusion, Bridget O'Mera

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Centering the Right: Mapping the Queer Discourse of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, Stephen C. Brown

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Classifying the Functionality of Primosome Protein A in Deinococcus Radiodurans, Jacob Boone

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Design and Characterization of Photoresponsive Supramolecular Aggregates, Julie A. Fitz

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Designing and Evaluating Playground Equipment for Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Leigha R. Brisco

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Determining the Transcription Factor Genes Populating a Fruit Fly Pigmentation Gene Network and Their Regulatory Connections, Samantha Stringer

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Developing Social Consciousness through Multicultural Young Adult Literature, Megan R. Abbate

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Discrimination Against Disabled Persons in Malawi and the United States: A Comparative Study, Stephen Crum

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Epinephrine Regulates Aquaglyceroporin HC-3 Expression and Subcellular Localization in Cultured Erythrocytes from the Freeze-Tolerant Treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis, Connor J. Ratycz

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Examination of Host Range of Pseudomonas aeruginosa phages UT1, SN-T, and PEV2 for Treatment of Bacterial Biofilms in Fuels, Kathleen M. Sellick

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Examining Acculturative Stressors of the International Student: Following Study Abroad Students in South Korea and Morocco, Chin Yi Chen

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Exploring Data-Driven Electricity Feedback on Energy Conservation Behavior in the University of Dayton Student Neighborhood, Daniel R. Esposito

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Free Trade as Neocolonialism: CAFTA, the United States, and Guatemala, Margret Reuter

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Identifying the DNA Sequence Requirements for a Synergistic Interaction Between Two Cis-Regulatory Elements, Kaitlyn R. Francis

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Impact of Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Leachate on Culex pipiens Life History Attributes, Lauren Shewhart

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Investigating Bacterial Replication Restart: Can D.rad PriA Load D.rad DnaB onto DNA Forks with a Leading Strand Gap?, Michael Ryan

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Job Design: A Human Approach through Catholic Social Teaching and Job Design Theories, Thomas DeCastra

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Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education: Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Jamie L. Dell

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Novel Neuroprotective Function of Apical-Basal Polarity Gene crumbs in Amyloid Beta 42 (Aβ42) Mediated Neurodegeneration, Andrew Steffensmeier

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Party Building Factors to Encourage Third Party Support Among 18-24 Year Olds, Amy Timmerman

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Photoreactions of a Water Soluble Poly-isoquinolpyrrole with Plasmid DNA, Gregory Versteeg

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Population Variation in Fossil Graptolites: a Quantitative Study Based on Single Species Assemblages, Elliott Matthias Mazur

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Power in Numbers? The Impact of Female Formed Police Units on Women’s Empowerment, Laura Huber

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Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to work with English Language Learners, Alexandra Hill

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Red Light Green Light: A Novel Approach to Studying the Interaction between Enhancers and Gene Promoters, Jordan E. Vellky

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Resettled: A Portrait of Bhutanese Refugees in Dayton, Ohio, Molly R. Winslow

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Sex-Dependent Electrophysiological Responses of Lucilia sericata to Concentration Gradient of Indole, Erin T. Filbrandt

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Story Telling: A Comparative Analysis of Three Works by Michael Colgrass, Joseph Schwantner and Ross Lee Finney, Erick C. Von Sas

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Tetra-Ruthenated Naphthylbiliverdin, Ashley M. Berding

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Synthesis and Characterization of Three Unique Mono-Metallic Lanthanide Complexes, Jasminder S. Grewal

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Synthesis and Purification of a Nucleoside Platinum Complex That Promotes DNA Cross-Linking, Ryan Spear

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The Acute Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Cardiovascular Function and Arterial Stiffness, Hayleigh Elizabeth Raiff

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The Dayton Food System: Current Access to Food in Dayton and Future Possibilities, Katherine A. Liutkus

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The Disney Evolution: Princesses as Positive Role Models, Alexandria Irene Lueke

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The Effects of Moral Licensing on High-Cost and Low-Cost Helping Behaviors, Kaitlin E. Boyd

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The Role of the Arista on Lucilia sericata in Sensing Wind and Airflow, Relative Humidity and Volatile Compounds, Alexandra Elaine Jacob

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The Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Integrated into the Work of UD’s Center for Catholic Education Urban Child Development Resource Center, Julie Iuliano

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Tissi, Anna Demmitt

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Transit as an Alternative Mode of Transportation: A Case Study of Its Usage, Availability, Patterns and Value for Non-Commuter Trips, Sara Hardman

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Upper Grade Level Literacy: Instructional Strategies for Struggling Readers, Claire M. Shaw