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 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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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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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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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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The influence of riparian invasion by the terrestrial shrub Lonicera maackii on aquatic macroinvertebrates in temperate forest headwater streams, Michelle N. Little

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Millions Displaced Tomorrow: A New Framework for Climate Migrants, Connor J. Lynch

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Queer Borders and Belongings: Reparative Storytelling from El Paso, Mary McLoughlin

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Designing Fictional Spaces: Questionable Architecture that Supports Sustainable Design, Noël J. Michel

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Effects of Oxygen Levels and Short Chain Fatty Acid Exposure on Antibiotic Susceptibility in Listeria monocytogenes, Samantha Neanover

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Angry Tweets and Interest Groups, Sean Newhouse

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Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Drugs on the Drosophila Glioma Model Involving the Pi3K; EGFR Pathway, Patricia Katherine Parker

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Novel Zinc Porphyrin and Bacteriophage PEV2 Combination Therapy for Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms, Erin Elise Pellot

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Donald Trump’s ‘Presidential’ Rhetoric for the Wall: The Mobilization of ‘Crisis’ Rhetoric on Behalf of a Campaign Promise, Nicole Perkins

The Turn from Radicalism: Self-Regulation of the American Labor Movement, 1909-1919, Ryan Harrison Reed

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Where You Are and What You Know: Impact of Location and Education on Individual Engagement with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Emily V. Sandstrom

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Weaponization of The Socialist Label in Modern American Politics, Matthew Schubert

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“When You’re Done … You’re Still Part of Our Family”: An Exploration of Gendered Scripts and Relationships in Prison Reentry Programs, Ruth Schultz

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“You Don’t Understand… It’s Not About Virginity”: Sexual Markets, Identity Construction, and Violent Masculinity on an Incel Forum Board, Joshua A. Segalewitz

Patience, Young Grasshopper: Analyzing the Fungal Components of the Grasshopper Gut Microbiome, Staci Seitz

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Plant Extracts and Efflux Pump Inhibition, Henry Shay

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Synthesis of Peraza Crown Macrocycles, Alexis R. Smith

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The Effects of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning on Cognitive Function and Exercise Hyperemia in Isocapnic Hypoxia, Jenna N. Sorensen

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Racial Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on Political Participation in the United States, Cierra Dei Stewart

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Youth Sport Concussion Management, Cordell J. Stover

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Confederate Continuation: The Visual Rhetoric of Confederate Monuments in Postmodernity, Ethan Andrew Swierczewski

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Discovering Glioma Inhibitors via Chemical-Genetic Screens in Drosophila Cancer Models, Jordan Terschluse

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Agency Among Linguistically Diverse Students: A Comparative Study of Adolescent English Language Learners in Chile and the United States, Kristen Travers

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Traditional Funk: An Ethnographic, Historical, and Practical Study of Funk Music in Dayton, Ohio, Caleb G. Vanden Eynden

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Newspapers in the Transformative 1960s at the University of Dayton, Brendan Zdunek

Submissions from 2019

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Interrelationship of Forms: Research into the Juxtaposition of Material, Color, and Texture, Emily Bartolone

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Modulation of Listeria monocytogenes Carbon Metabolism by Short Chain Fatty Acids, Diksha Bedi

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The Commodification of Education And the Threat to Public Schools, Macey Berkley

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Where do we put our flesh? Intersecting Feminism with Art and Contemporary Printmaking, Claire Bowman

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Perceiving Place: A Social Design Case Study, Mary Anne Brinkman

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Computer-Assisted Graphic Correlation of Ordovician Conodonts and Graptolites from the Argentine Precordillera and Western Newfoundland using Constrained Optimization (CONOP9), Andrea Marie Bryan

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Nitrate Contaminant Tracing in Surface and Groundwater in the Great Miami River Watershed: Environmental Isotope Approach, Rachel Kristine Buzeta

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Analysis of Change in the Biodiversity of Fish and Macroinvertebrates Following Low Dam Modification and Kayak Chute Installation in the Great Miami River in Downtown Dayton, Ohio, Madison E. Conway

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Intentionally So: Morality in Children’s Literature, Anna Edwards

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Energy Analysis and Orbit Simulation of Actuating CubeSat Solar Arrays, Justin T. Ehren

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Intelligence and Interpersonal Functioning in Youth and Young Adults with Varying Levels of Psychopathic and Callous-Unemotional Traits, Marie Feyche

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Generation of Silver Nanoparticle Pharmacokinetic Profiles in a Lung Model, Rachel Galaska

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The Prickly Problem of Pears Potential Effects of Native Orthopteran Herbivory on an Invasive Woody Plant, Kaitlin Gawkins

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The Number of Fixed Points of AND-OR Networks with Chain Topology, Lauren Geiser

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Poverty Redemption: Why Those Affected Stay Affected, Claudia M. Hampel

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Pathogenic Differences in Listeria monocytogenes 10403s and Cardiotropic Strains Grown under Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditions, Alexander Hayes

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Drosophila Tumor Mosaic Models to Study Intercellular Interaction, Minh T.D. Ho

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The Melody of Spatial Memory, Victoria Lynne Karpuszka

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Cortisol Regulation of Aquaglyceroporin HC-3 Protein Expression in the Erythrocytes of the Freeze Tolerant Tree Frog Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Maria P. LaBello

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Misreading the Hybrid Face: The Alienation of Performed and Authentic Self in Danzy Senna’s Caucasia and Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker, William E. Landers

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Analysis and Review of the Effects of Bacterial Competition on Efflux Pump Inhibition, Robert Leszcynski

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Tracking Disparate Colony Morphological Trends with Thermus scotoductus, Matthew P. Leverick

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Boron Dipyrromethenes: Synthesis and Computational Analysis, Eduardo Rivé Lockwood

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The Effects of Sublethal Antibiotics on Listeria monocytogenes, Marlena Rae Merling

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Towards a Pre-Processing Algorithm for Automated Arrhythmia Detection, Sarah Miller

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Breaking Down Barriers to Sustainable Eating at the University of Dayton, Lauren Murray

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Maternal Depression, Child Temperament, and Risk for Depression in Adolescence A Test of the Differential Susceptibility Hypothesis, Karina Palermo

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Topology of Fractals, Amelia Pompilio

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Establishing the Effect of Ethanol on Listeria Infection, Ryan Evan Restrepo

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Pretrial Publicity and Juror DecisionMaking: Effects of Inadmissible Evidence and Coverage of Its Exclusion from Trial, Rebecca Rhein

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Secondary Trauma in Children Services Workers: Is the Opioid Crisis a Contributing Factor?, Rebecca L. Richardson

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Flourishing the Urban Environment: How Urban Gardens Affect Pollinators, Emily Ann Rickert

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Effect of Activated Carbon on the Performance of a Solar Thermal Adsorptive Refrigerator (STAR) using Activated Carbon-Ethanol, Joshua Romo

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The Effect of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning on Exercise Hyperemia in Multiple Sclerosis, Jane E. Rosmarin

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Mortality in the 21st Century: A Cycle of Short Stories on Death and the Afterlife, Rose A. Rucoba

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The Effects of L. rhamnosus Consumption on Male Long Evans Rat Anxiety-like Behavior, Amanda Marie Schleper

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Leaving a Legacy: Empowering Students to Give Back, Eric Schutter

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The Laggard Leader: A Historiography of the Origins of Wage and Income Inequality in the United States, 1973-84, Nathan Sikora

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Global and Gene-Specific Regulation in Freeze-Tolerant Anuran Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Elizabeth Claire Sinnathamby

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The Vascular Flora of Bill Yeck Park: Supporting the Conservation of Local Biodiversity, Taylor Sparbanie

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Identifying Natural Inhibitors of Bacterial Efflux Pumps, Marrisa Therriault

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In the Face of AntimicrobialsFactors Contributing to Listeria monocytogenes Survival and Development of Resistance, Andrea M. Vietti

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Integrating International Students into the Campus Community at UD, Natalie Weikert

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Propionate Enhances the Antimicrobial Defenses in Macrophages Against Listeria monocytogenes, John Weis

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Music Therapists’ Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Sustainability: Instruments, Sarah Whitehouse

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Developing a Model for Clinical Song Analysis, or Why Music Therapists Still Need Music Theory and Musicology, Lesley Wray

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Disclosing Virtue, Michael Zahorec

Submissions from 2018

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Changes in Herbaceous Plant Diversity in an Old-Growth Ohio Forest Before and After Emerald Ash Borer Invasion, Taylor Melissa Buskey

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Physiological and Psychological Effects of Being Weighed in Female Participants, Julia Carroccio

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Fault Lines: Geopolitical Rivalry in the East China Sea, Nicholas A. Dalton

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Determining the Role of Fatty Acid Composition in Antibiotic Resistance, Andrew Deak

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The Application of Neurologically-Controlled Robotics to Actuated Feeding Arms, Timothy Dombrowski

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Mentoring Strategies for the Support of High School Students Experiencing Anxiety and Depression: A Case-Study of Two Catholic High Schools, Karin E. Forsthoefel

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Development of an Evidence-Based Strength Training Program for Individuals with Dementia Participating in Adult Day Services, Jaclyn Franz

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Chronic Administration of Probiotic L. rhamnosus Increases Anxiety-like Behavior in Group-housed Male Long Evans Rats, Parker Maddison Griff