Students with a high academic record entering their senior year—above a 3.5 GPA—can pursue Honors by completing significant or original work in their major. These projects are some of the finest work Ursinus students have completed, often leading to work in graduate school or by future Ursinus students. Students who complete a project of remarkable discipline and originality can earn Distinguished Honors.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Using a Genetic Algorithm to Optimize an Electric Field Ionization Pulse, Tamas Budner

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Effects of Reduced Intracellular Dopamine on Apoptosis in the Dopaminergic Neurons of Caenorhabditis elegans, Bryan P. Carter

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Finding Freedom: An Autoethnography on Relational Bullying, Kristen N. Costello

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The Role of Slitrk1 in Sensory Neuron Development, Marilyn M. Day

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Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance in Escherichia coli Using PEG-Modified Nano-graphene Oxide, Katherine A. Fiocca

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How Gender, Autistic Traits, and Difficulty Level Affect Performance and Strategy on Emotional Face Processing and Mental Rotation Tasks, Mary B. Foggo

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The Use of Tetracycline-Functionalized Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes to Overcome Tetracycline Resistance in Escherichia coli, Madison Force

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A Plan for Pollinator Landscape Management on the Ursinus Campus, Megan N. Hanscom

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Quantum Mechanical Interference in the Field Ionization of Rydberg Atoms, Jacob A. Hollingsworth

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Effect of Age on Microglial Cell Response in Axolotl Salamanders, Christian M. Hoogheem

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Effects of Age on the Morphology of Regenerated Spinal Cords in Axolotls, Keven M. Hoogheem

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Creating The Capable Public: A Call for Liberal Arts Education in Public Schools, Olivia R. Keithley

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The Unintended Legacy of Hellenism: The Development and Dissemination of the Buddha Image, Chukyi Kyaping

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Students Today Into Entrepreneurs Tomorrow: The Impact of Major Choice on Grit and Risk Aversion, Keith D. Larkin

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Effort and Ethics, Edward J. Lee

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Prion-Dependent Changes in Protein Expression in Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Annie Li

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The Role of Zuo1 Modification in Ribosome Association and Prion Formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Sophia Lisowski

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Trading Ahead of Bad News: Evidence From Short-Sales of Stocks and the Options Market, Nicholas E. Macksoud

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Investigating Interactions Between Complement Component 3 and the Lectin-like Domain of Thrombomodulin in Atypical Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome, Shelby N. Marchese

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Bosnia: Doomed to Failure or a Rising Hope?, Caitlin V. Moore

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Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Nitroalkenes to Primary Amines, Brendan Phillips

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One Man's Reaction to NATO Expansion, Jamie M. Putnam

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Patchwork of the Religious Self: An Analysis of Identity and Expression, Elspeth C. Sarro

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The Role of Centrosome-Cortical Contact in the Establishment of the Anterior-Posterior Axis in the One-Cell C. elegans Embryo, Dominique M. Saturno

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Identification of the lz5 Suppressor of pam-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans, Emily M. Schleicher

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The Role of Continuum States in the Field Ionization of Rydberg Atoms, Michael P. Vennettilli

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Characteristics of STEM Success: A Survival Analysis Model of Factors Influencing Time to Graduation Among Undergraduate STEM Majors, Riley K. Acton

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Hemispheric Lateralization of Global and Local Auditory Processing, Emily M. Black

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A New Role for Student Media: College Newspapers and the Crisis in Journalism, Rachel Brown

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Scelus et Poena: A Comparison of Legal Bias in Ancient Rome and Contemporary America, Aaron R. Caffrey

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Did Antebellum Illinois Free Banks Take Undue Risk With Their Bond Portfolios?: An Analysis of Decision-Making Prior to the Civil War, Scott N. Clayman

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Carotid Artery IMT, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Males and Females, Christina M. Cromwell

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The Regulation of Cathepsin L Activity by Estrogen and Bisphenols A & S: Relationship to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Dylan T. Cuva

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Scientific Awareness at Ursinus College, Frank G. DeVone

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Survival of the Toughest: An Ethnographic Study of a Collegiate Wrestling Team, Sydney A. Dodson-Nease

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The Effects of Host Plant Resistance on Potato Leafhopper, Pea Aphid and Predatory Insects in Alfalfa, Jamie A. Faselt

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The Way I Wear My Hair: Black Women’s Hairstyles and Self-Presentation in Facebook Profile Pictures, Janel Forsythe

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Going to Heaven in a Wheelbarrow, Quinn Gilman-Forlini

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Effect of Dopamine on Apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans Dopaminergic Neurons, Erica Gorenberg

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“A Battle for Hearts and Minds”: U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Cold War Middle East, Christopher M. Goss

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The Shaikh’s Republic: The Kurdish Regional Government’s Incorporation of Tribalism, Brian A. Kennedy

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A Redemption of Meaning in Three Novels by Italo Calvino, Dominick J. Knowles

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Students Talk About Gender and Race Within the Classroom, Amanda Lucock

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An Experimental Analysis of Adaptive Learning in a Multi-Subject Economy, David Martin

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Playing Mind Games: Neural Correlates of Personality, Cortical Activity and Suggestibility, Steven A. Medeiros Jr.

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Inspired Images: On Georgia O'Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz's Collaborative Photographs, Jack A. Meyer

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Lower Extremity Joint Angle and Range of Motion are Associated With Cardiovascular Health, Joyann E. Oakman

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Pyrazine and Asymmetric Pyrazine-Modified Cyanoferrate Complexes in the Electro- and Photochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide, Aubrey R. Paris

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"To Deal", Kyle Peterson

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Genetic Mapping of New pam-1 Suppressors in Caenorhabditis elegans, Katlin M. Power

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Estrogen, Bisphenol A, and Bisphenol S: Regulation of Cathepsin L Activity and its Relation to Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Regina M. Powers

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Reckless Abandonment? Explaining Congressional Hispanic Caucus Support for the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, Elizabeth C. Reynolds

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Positive Influence Dominating Set Generation via a New Greedy Algorithm, Matthew Rink

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Choosing the Right Steps: Management Decisions of Dance Businesses, Jessica B. Rosina

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Minstrelsy and Contemporary Media, Sydney Rotman

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Innovation of a Novel Prion Reporter System in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Daniel Selechnik

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Conservation of the Antillean Manatee in Mexico, Xylia R. Serafy

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An Examination of Learning Modalities and the Structural Assessment of Knowledge via Semantic Network Mapping, Samir Shah

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Resurrecting the "Dead" Second Amendment: How the Libertarian Legal Movement Has Shaped Gun Control Litigation, Anthony M. Sierzega

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Mathematical Modeling and Optimal Control of Alternative Pest Management for Alfalfa Agroecosystems, Cara Sulyok

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It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's...Cultural Anxiety? Using Detective Comics' Three Biggest Heroes to Identify and Explore Cultural Anxieties as Depicted Through Television, Jonathan Vander Lugt

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Executive Control, Neural Correlate, and Visual Processing Changes During the Acquisition of Arabic Language, Alvin Varghese

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Statistical and Linear Solvation Retention Relationship (LSRR) Studies of Retention on Fluorinated and Non–Fluorinated High–Performance Liquid Chromatographic (HPLC) Stationary Phases, Peter A. Willard

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Constructing the Yellow Peril: East Asia as the Enemy in American Discourse and Political Rhetoric, Laura K. Witwer

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Is Geographic Diversification Associated With Increased Risk? Evidence From the Spanish Banking Crisis, Briana Anderson

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Experimental Evidence for Heterogeneous Expectations in a Simple New Keynesian Framework, Atticus David Holm Graven

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Connecting the Dots: An Economic Study of Parental Factors Shaping Early Childhood Cognitive Development, Bryn Alexandra O'Neill

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Does Race Influence Executive Compensation in Chinese Firms?, Elizabeth Mahoney

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What Effect Do Corporate Governance Characteristics Have on CEO Compensation in a Small Cap Firm?, Kiley Stauffer

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The Look of the Line: An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Facial Symmetry on Salary Levels of Offensive Linemen in the NFL, Kristen Wampole

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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The Death of Music Videos?: An Analysis on the Effectiveness of Music Videos as a Promotional Tool, Carmen Cheng

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Stats or Studs: Does it Pay to be Good Looking? The Economic Impact of Lookism, Lisle O'Neill

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Does Quality Matter? An Hedonic Analysis of College Tuition Price, Joshua Delano