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 2022

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Narratives of the Black Mother in the U.S.: Exploring the Black Maternalist Framework in Black Activism, Anna Biesecker-Mast

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A Starling in a Pear Tree: Assessing the Influence of Bird Dispersal on Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana), Olivia Clark

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Investigating the Relationship between Identity Salience and Attitudes of Groups, Grazia DiPierro

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Social Media Usage during COVID-19: Friend or Foe?, Claudia Dominique

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"You Can Disagree Without Being Disagreeable": A Rhetorical Study of Tweets about Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amy Coney Barrett, Lauren Durham

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Pro-Understanding: Understanding the Pro-Choice Catholic, Natalie Eilerman

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Tracing Stigma: The Evolution of the Tattoo in the Middle Ages, Isabella Fusillo

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A Comparison of Music Therapy Apporaches Utilized with Persons Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sally M. Gibson

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Labor Trends in Nuclear Energy and Developmental Obstacles in Nuclear Energy, Ryan D. Greensfelder

Water Soluble Luminescent Dye as a Potential Photodynamic Therapy Agent, Cate Hawkins

Neurocognitive Capabilities and Physiological Responses to Cognitive Stress as well as General Health and Fitness Measurements in Competitive Gamers versus Non-Gamers, Nicole Hetrick

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Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Quinoxaline Derivatives, Eric Horsting

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College Students’ Opinions on Climate Change: Do Political Views Matter?, Aileen Hull

Investigating the Pleiotropic Potential of Known Genetic Switches that Regulate Gene Expression, Katherine A. Kohnen

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The Jewish Organizations Fighting Fascism in the United States, Maya Leibold

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TikTok and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People Movement, Meghan Leinhauser

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Exploring Risk Factors for Maternal Mortality: A Qualitative Study, Grace Lowe

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Development of Melamine Derivatives as Flame Retardants for Thermoplastic and Thermoset Polymers, Ryan Maguire

Boron Dipyrromethene Dyes Covalently Bound to Bovine Serum Albumin: A Simplified Route to Fluorescent Dye-Protein Conjugates, Elizabeth Mancz

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The Impact of Anaerobic Exposure and Propionate on the Kinetics and Pathogenesis of Listeria monocytogenes, Mackenzie T. Martin

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Establishing a Brosophila Colon Cancer Model to Study Interactions and Therapeutic Targets of Oncogenic Pathways, Kathleen T. McCaslin

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Behold Your Mother: Wives and Mothers as Partners in Christ's Priestly Mission, Jordan McCormick

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Healthy Eating, Unhealthy Mind: Measuring the Rate of a Disordered Eating Pattern among University Student Athletes and Non-Athletes, Erika Moeller

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Music Therapy in Adult Medical Settings: Recommendations and Advocacy for Sustainable Programs, Margaret Moore

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Ain't No Sunshine When They're Gone: Pollinators in a Solar Prarie, Brigid M. Morgan

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Towards a "Pedagogy of Beauty": The New Evangelization, English Education, and Renewal of the Catholic School, Elena Niese

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Job Diversity and Its Impact on Intergenerational Mobility at the County Level, Derek Olson

Vascular Function and Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Males, Eleni Papastratakos

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Evaluation of Patellar Tendon Load across Sports-Related Activities, Breven Perry

The Hidden History of Puerto Rico's First War: The Taíno Rebellion According to Juan González, Sebastian M. Quinones

Resolving the Gene Regulatory Network for a Fruit Fly Pigmentation Trait Whose Modification Underlies Climate-Driven Phenotypic Variation, Jenna Rock

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Understanding the Hydrolytic Activity of Papiliotrema laurentii on Polyester Polyurethane Coatings, Ariana L. Santos

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Dayton is Burning: A Survey of Drag History and Performance in Southwest and Central Ohio, Katie Schreyer

Investigating the Role of the Nervous System in Limb Regeneration: A Proteomics Analysis, Jason Tornes

Submissions from 2021

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Investigating the Effects of a p53 Mutation and Various Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors on Glioma Progression and Therapy Resistance in Drosophila, Kaitlyn M. Alleman

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Determine the Effects of Propionate on the Activation of Macrophages against the Intracellular Pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, Leah O. Allen

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Don’t Stress, Easier Said Than Done: Relationship Between Perceived Stress, Coping Styles, and Self-Leadership, Jacob Avendano

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Adultification and Criminalization of Young Black Girls: Using Culturally Responsive Education to Empower Adolescent Girls in Urban Schools, Jordan Bailes

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From Prop to Partner: The Evolution of Female Roles in American Opera, Mariah J. Berryman

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Inferior Longitudinal Fasciculus Predicts Later Neurodevelopment in Infants Born with Extremely Low Birth Weight, Matthew C. Bugada

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The Author’s Words and the Editor’s Pen, A Self-Study in Editorial Decision Making, Margaret M. Cahill

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Propeller and Propeller-In-Wing Thrust Vectoring, Grace G. Culpepper

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Impact of Sympathetic Nervous System Activation on Motor Control, Kiersten M. Duffy

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Impact of a Dialogic Reading Intervention on the Effectiveness of Adaptive Magnitude Comparison eBooks for Improving Young Children’s Magnitude Comparison Skills, Patrick C. Ehrman

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Viability of Postconsumer Thermoplastics in Consumer Grade Additive Manufacturing, Peter A. Fabe

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On Sex Differences in the Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine: Clinical and Preclinical Evidence, Patrick R. Flaherty

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The Effects of Helicopter Parenting in Emerging Adulthood: An Investigation of the Roles of Involvement and Perceived Intrusiveness, Abigail T. Flower

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The Sanctuary in Polish Hill, Annabelle M. Harsch

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Leaf Phenology and Freeze Tolerance of the Invasive Tree Pyrus calleryana (Rosaceae) and Potential Native Competitors, Abby E. Hay

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Using Gene Expression Comparisons to Reveal the Role of Transcription Factors in the Development and Evolution of a Fruit Fly Trait, Rachel A. Johnson

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Determine the Effects of Propionate on the Interactions between Macrophages and Listeria monocytogenes, Stephanie M. Johnson

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Development of a Computational Framework for Estimating Knee Joint Contact Forces in Running, Sean W. Kapp

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Comparison of Protein Expression Profiles from Fungi during the Degradation of Polysuccinate Polyurethane Coatings, Abigail L. Kelly

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No Room for Racism: A Critical Analysis on Corporate Social Responsibility and Racial Justice Advocacy in the English Premier League, Nicholas A. Kerver

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An Examination of the Themes of Invisibility and Hypervisibility in Black Women’s Experiences within the Prison System, Sarah N. Kuhns

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The Relationship between Classroom Variables and Academic Achievement across the Preschool Year, Olivia M. LeBlanc

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The Cantor Set, Trees, and Compact Metric Spaces, Wyatt N. Lee

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The Expanding Role of Analytics in Operations, Lauren E. Luechtefeld

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Construction of a Man Nationalism, Identity, Vercingetorix and the Gauls, Martin B. McKew

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Making Culture-Centered Music Therapists: Resources for Working with Latinx Young Adults, Michaela A. Miller

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Development of Nucleic Acid Aptamers to Inhibit Bacterial Efflux Pumps, Emilie A. Moses

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The Solubilizing of Recombinant Influenza Polymerase Acidic Protein, Quinn D. Murray

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Are U.S. Americans Scared of Male Immigrants? Surveying the Gendered Implications of the ‘Latino Threat Narrative’ in the U.S. Public’s Acceptance of Unauthorized Immigrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Yulianna Otero

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Hedge Fund Performance with the Treynor-Black Model, Gurkamal S. Pannu

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The Genetic Interaction between the Axial Patterning Gene dve and Dpp Signaling in the Developing Drosophila Eye, Katherine M. Perry

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Measuring Perceptions of Various Forms of Rehabilitation and Re-entry Programs on Various Types of Offenders and Reducing the Likelihood of Recidivism: A Qualitative Study of Criminal Justice Professionals in Ohio, Jasmine H. Riechmann

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An Exploration of the Widely Observed Mechanisms Permitting Freeze Tolerance & the Potential of Cope’s Gray Treefrog, Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Samuel A. Ripley

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A Study on Formal Verification for JavaScript Software, Zachary S. Rowland

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Why Searle's Objection to Twin Earth is Problematic, Paul F. Scheeler

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Analysis of the Evolutaion of Scope Management and Needs Identification in Agile Methodologies, Nolan B. Scott

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Investigating the Role of Microtubule Binding Protein, NAT9, in the Drosophila Eye Model of Alzheimer’s Disease, Emily E. Snider

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The Multi-Sensory Design of a Synesthete's Everyday Experience, Madeline M. Spicer

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Sustainable Stories: Linking Graphic Design and the Environment to Inform, Educate, and Inspire, Shannon M. Stanforth

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Dialectical Reasoning and Developing Responsive Models Toward Political Ecology, Dawson J. Vandervort

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The Communal Integration of Nutrition-Related Cultural Assets of the Latinx Population in the Greater Dayton Area, Hannah G. Waters

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Isolating and Manipulating Microorganisms using Ureolysis for Creating Extraterrestrial Microbial Biotechnology Systems, Nina M. Wendel

Submissions from 2020

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The Role of Follower Characteristics in Ratings of Leadership Style: A Meta-Analytic Review, Reda Aldahan

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A Language of Silence: Analyzing the Effects of Sexist Language on Women’s Classroom Experiences, Emily Battaglia

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Metal Layer Architectures for 2D TMD Heterostructures, Anna K. Benton

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Understanding Chemolithotrophic Reduction Mechanisms from the Dark Marine Biosphere, Anna Gwendolyn Blair

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Capes and Catechesis: The Use of Comic Books to Catechize Catholic Youths, Lindsey Bronder

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Machine Learning for Cyberattack Detection, Kayla Chisholm

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Industry 4.0 in the Retail Sector: Sustainability of Food Retail with a Focus on Food Insecurity in Dayton, OH, Katrina Alexis Coleman

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Inhibition of Bacterial Efflux Pumps Via Plant Derived Compounds, Ethan James Dawson

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The Development of a SCFA Analysis Method and the Examination of Factors Affecting Listeria Pathogenesis, Ashton Dix

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Liquid-Liquid Equilibria Studies of Potential Organic Solvents as Ethanol Extractants from Aqueous Solutions, Grace Docken

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Compost Amendments on Urban Soils vs. Water Retention, Anna Louise Drew

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The Eastern Europe Britain Wanted: Serbian Independence as recorded in British Newspapers, 1867, Sarah H. Eyer

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Investigating the Role of the ETC in Listeria monocytogenes during Ethanol Exposure, Amanda Fawcett

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Direct and Indirect Effects of Additional Sodium on Grasshopper Growth and Development, Mark Ghastine

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Designing and Implementing a Peer-to-Peer Led Behavioral and Energy Reduction Program for Low-Income Neighborhoods, Jenn Hoody

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The Effects of Technology on Student Interest in STEAM Education, Paige Elizabeth Innes

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Finding the switches that activate animal genes through a combined in silico and in vivo approach, Chad M. Jaenke

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Design of an Enhanced Cellular Model for the Assessment and Tracking of Nanomaterials, Maggie Jewett

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Combating Antibiotic Resistance Using Plant-Derived Compounds, Emily Jones

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Barriers of Low Health Literacy in Achieving Informed Consent, Wyatt Kaiser

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Upper Extremity Motion Assessments in Virtual Reality Environments, Lanna Nicole Klausing

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Toward a PA-Inhibitor Complex Crystal System: Influenza Polymerase Acidic Protein Fusion Constructs and Protein Expression, Rebecca Kramb

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Effects of Ischemic Preconditioning on Maximal Exercise and Metaboreflex Activation, Serafino LaGalbo

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A Sibling Comparison Study of the Effects of Parenting Behaviors on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, John P. Leibold