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 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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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

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The Influence of Self-Enhancement And Stress on Weight Gain: A Biopsychosocial Approach, Olivia G. Grondalski

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Aircraft Generator Design and Analysis, David Gross

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Murky Water, Fluid, and The Borderlands of Language: An Exploration of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Julia K. Hall

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Lending Club’s Note Trading Platform Facade: An Examination of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending Secondary Market Inefficiency, Stephen Harvey

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Lending Club’s Note Trading Platform Facade: An Examination of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending Secondary Market Inefficiency, Stephen Harvey

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The Impact of the 515nm Effect on 1O2 Quenching in Photosynthesis: Model System Studies Using β-Carotene–Acid Complexes, Lauren A. Hoody

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Differences in the Development of Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in Offspring of Depressed Mothers, Hannah Jackson

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The Other Woman: Mate Poaching Across the Menstrual Cycle, Margaret M. Jaeger

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Wives’ Perceptions of Husbands’ Housework and Parenting Contributions, Reilly Kate Kincaid

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How Academic and Extracurricular Workload and Stress Impacts the Mental and Physical Health of College Students, Aidan Koch

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Health Policy Responses and Infrastructure Re-Use in Host Cities of Mega-Sporting Events in Non-Traditional Host Countries, Andrew Kramer

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Personality Types and Self-Reported Eating Habits, Thomas R. Lawler

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Caffeine Rush! Examining the Effects of Caffeine on Spatial Working Memory, Alexander Lawriw

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Evidence in Online Political Discourse: How Everyday Citizens Argue about Politics on Social Media, Diane Leverich

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The Effects of Adolescent Housing Condition and Voluntary Exercise on Alcohol Intake and Stress Response in Male Long-Evans Rats, Caroline Lynch

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If You Build It, They Will Come: A Habitat Mimicry-based Assessment Tool for Estimating Larval Salamander Density in Temperate Forests Streams, Margaret E. Maloney

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Re-Painting the Lion: Female Transgression and Authorial Reincarnation in the Works of Marie de France and Jane Austen, Katherine Rachel McCaffery

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Development of a Self-Orienting CubeSat Solar Array, Eric McGill

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Development of a Self-Orienting CubeSat Solar Array, Eric McGill

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Olfaction and Disgust as Predictors of Elevated Perfectionism, Maia McLin

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Revising the Geological Time Scale: A CONOP9 Graptolite Composite from the Middle Ordovician Rocks of Newfoundland, Katherine Michel

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of U.S. Anti-Slavery Legislation through the Lens of Supply Chain Management, Alexander Marion Mingus

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The Effects of Anxiety Induction on Olfactory Function in Healthy Young Adults, Lauren T. Olson

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Probabilistic Modeling of Student Interactions during a Passing Period at the University of Dayton, Allyson Pacifico

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The Influence of Self-Esteem and Stress on Academic Performance in College Students, Angel J. Pagan

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Influence of Reverse Shoulder Implant Positioning on Patient-Specific Muscle Forces: A Simulation Study, Kayla Marie Pariser

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Alcohol Deprivation Effect: An Investigation of a Model of Alcohol Dependence and Relapse Behaviors in Male and Female Long Evans Rats, Hanna J. Peterson

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Characterization of the Glycosylation of Aquaglyceroporin HC-3 in Erythrocytes from the Freeze Tolerant Anuran, Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Dante L. Pezzutti

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The International Committee of the Red Cross Managing Neutrality in an Increasingly Public, Media-hungry World, Mercedes C. Ramsey

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Colonization to Globalization: French-Algerian Integration Analysis from Historical, Societal, and Economic Perspectives, Stephanie Soledad Rodriguez

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Interference of the Inflammasome Via Interferonβ, Madeline Sauer

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Farm to Liberation: Towards Feminist Food Justice, Elisabeth Spector

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Do Normative and Pathological Personality Traits Overlap? Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses of the NEO-PI-3 and PID-5, Lisa Eileen Stone

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When Feminism Meets Hip-Hop, Kylie Thompson

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“Thy Kingdom Come”: Catholicism and the Nueva Canción, 1966-1982, Elizabeth Turnwald

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“Eat, Sleep, Hydrate, Masturbate!” Sexuality Education, Digital Media and Creator Identity Implications, Emma Venetis

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The Stigma of Homelessness as an Identity: Homelessness as a Gendered Condition, Jamie Vieson

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When Necessary is Not Enough A Study in the Effectiveness of U.S. Military Force to Combat Terrorism in the Middle East, Lora Christine Vonderhaar

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The Effect of Oral Rehydration Solutions (Sports Drinks) on Strength, Speed, and Endurance: A Field Study, Andrea Wisniewski

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Reconceptualizing Space: Multisensory Rooms and the Immersive Art Experience, Melanie Zebrowski

Submissions from 2017

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Understanding the Effects of Propionic Acid on Listeria monocytogenes Growth, Survival, and Virulence, Elizabeth A. Abrams

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Preparation, Analysis and Derivatization of Benzotris(thiazole) Triamine, Jonathan Patrick Peter Alessi

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Social Impact of Economic Development Initiatives on Women’s Empowerment A Case Study in Northern Malawi, Alexandra Altomare

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The Effects of Structural Modification of the Wing Helix Domain of PriA on Bacterial DNA, Erich Auer

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Lethal Effects of the Non-native Invasive Shrub Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on a Model Aquatic Organism (Hyalella azteca), Eric B. Borth

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Effects of Ultrasound on Amyloid Beta 42 (Aβ42) Mediated Neurodegeneration, Sarah Byrne

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Sustainable Portfolios to Maximize Alpha, Douglas Stephen Carey

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Seasonal Changes in Physical, Chemical, and Biotic Factors in Silver Lake, Ohio, Jacob J. Clancy

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Pravastatin™ Suppresses Venous Shear Stress Dependent Induction of Aquaporin 1 Protein Expression in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells in vitro, Raphael J. Crum

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Synthesis of Bis(quinoxalino) Ligand for the Removal of Transition Metal Contamination, Alexander J. Farmer

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Young Adult Fiction: Inside the Mirror Image, Paige Christin Flannelly

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The Influence of Women’s Self-Esteem on Mating Decision Making, Kathleen D. Golterman

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An Analysis of the Educational Systems in Finland and the United States: A Case Study, Caroline Ann Goodill

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Whose Voice the Waters Heard: A Short Story Cycle, Grace E. Hagan

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A Case Study on Inventory Costing Methods, Natalie Hunton

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Behind the Stigma: The Impact of Gender and College Adjustment on Attitudes towards Mental Health Disorders, Maggie Inman

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Effectiveness of a Novel Porphyrin Exhibiting Dark Toxicity against the Model Organism Mycobacterium smegmatis, Marissa C. Jama

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Why Isn’t there a Garden at School? Assessing Five River Metro Parks’ Green Schoolyards Program, Kaleigh Jurcisek

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Design of an Opposed-piston, Opposed-stroke Diesel Engine for Use in Utility Aircraft, Luke Kozal

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The Promise of Justice: Are Public and Private Defense Equal?, Alicia Linzmeier

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Arctic Flashpoint: The Russo-American Rivalry, Matthew Bernard Mackowiak

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Effects of Playing Computerized versus Tactile Learning Games on Preschoolers’ Attention Skills and Comprehension: A Pilot Study, Samantha Malick

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You Have the Right to…What? A Study of Knowledge of Americans’ Rights in Criminal Proceedings, Anna Marchiony

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Extending Uniqueness Implies Existence Results to Fractional Differential Equations, Tyler Masthay

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Undergraduate Men's Perceptions of Consent in College Campus Acquaintance Rape, M. Colleen McDaniel

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Winning Off the Field: How Social Media Analytics Measure the Sports Industry, Ryan McGarvey

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Evaluation of Protection of FRP Wrap on Bridge Piers from Corrosive Effects of Snow and Ice Chemicals, Lizzie Miller

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Improving Electrochemical Devices via Increased Charge Density and Ceramic Nanoparticles, George Padavick

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Aiscrima e Checchi Italian-American Dialect and Development in the New Millennium, Elizabeth Loyacano Pedrotti

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Biomass Cookstoves: an Empirical Study into the Relationship between Thermal Efficiency and Tending Practices for the Developing World, Erin Peiffer

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Amateurism and the NCAA: The Controversy (a Legal Review), Mitchell Pollard

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Challenging the Postwar Narrative: The Art and Agenda of Boris Lurie, Kiersten Signe Remster

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Design and Prototyping of a Shape-changing Rigid-body Human Foot in Gait, Tanner N. Rolfe

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Design and Prototyping of a Shape-changing Rigid-body Human Foot in Gait, Tanner N. Rolfe

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Educating the Whole Child: Using Positive Adult Relationships to Develop Noncognitive Skills in Students Facing Adversity, Virginia A. Saurine

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Does Riparian Forest Invasion by the Exotic Shrub Amur Honeysuckle Influence Nutrient Dynamics in Headwater Streams?, Charlottee Anne Shade

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Mothers as Career Leaders: Do Maternity Leave Laws Make a Difference?, Briar Rose Smith

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Policy Implications: An Analysis of Intercountry Adoption in Relation to Nationalism, Victoria Szczechowski

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The Impact of a Dynamic Environment on Deposition and Cellular Response to Silver Nanoparticles, Robert F. Uhrig

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Ambiguous Pleasure(ers): Negotiating the Bodies of Falstaff and Moll, Lauren Van Atta

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Accounting for Change: Assessing Top-line Implications of New Revenue Recognition Principles, Kevin M. Wargo

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The Possibility of Communal Biases in Alibi Evaluation: The University of Dayton, Norbert Wessels

Submissions from 2016

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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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Results on Some Generalizations of Interval Graphs, Jonathan David Ashbrock

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

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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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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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Effects of Body Weight Loading on Arch Height, Anastasia Bjelopetrovich

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

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

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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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Domain Representability and Topological Completeness, Matthew D. DeVilbiss

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