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 2019

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Effect of Plant Biodiversity on Insect Pests in a Forage Agroecosystem, Gabriella R. Altmire

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Politics, Protest and Patience: Gendered Rights and Human Security in India and South Korea, Anika Backelin-Harrison

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The Effects of Circuit Training and Mediterranean Diet on Superoxide Dismutase Levels, Clara Baker

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The Relationship Between Racial Color Blindness and Sexual Orientation Blindness Attitudes and Quantity and Quality of Patient Care, Alexa Beacham

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Soil Health in Organic and Conventional Vegetable Systems Under Different Tillage Regimes, Kirk R. Cherneskie

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Oral Argument Tactics on the Supreme Court Bench: A Comparative Analysis of Verbal Tools Used by Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, and Gorsuch, Corinne Cichowicz

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Mediations and Motivations of Attachment-Dependent Self-Recovery Post-Dissolution, Morgan A. Cope

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The Effect of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Skeletal Muscle Permeability in Mice, Maxwell L. Coulter

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Towards the Rational Design of Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET)-based Fluorescent Probes, Julia Dorsheimer

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Early Post-Partum Changes in the Murine Heart, Matthew Douglas

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Bringing Business Back to the Ballpark, David Drea

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Rewriting Women: A Feminist Examination of Lolita's and Pride and Prejudice's Costume and Revisionist Adaptations, Courtney A. DuChene Ms.

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Facile Conversion of Hydroxyfluorophores to Aminofluorophores via Smiles Rearrangement, Omar Elghawy

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Comparison of the Effects of Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy on Permeability After Skeletal Muscle Injury, Brittany Gasser

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The Montessori Method: Redefining the Child, Indira Joell

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The Effects of Bisphenol A Structural Analogs on the Metastasis and Cathepsin Activity of MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells, Jake C. Lachowicz

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A Sample of Understudied Works in Aberdeen MS 123, Bailey Ludwig

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Postpartum Changes in the Contractility and Morphology of the Murine Heart, Katherine A. Madden

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Strict Restraints: Abstinence's Gender Problems in Measure for Measure, Joseph Makuc

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Goblin: Microaffirmations, a Theory of Communication, Haunt Pitcher

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A Novel Survival Analysis Method for an Outcome of Time to Consecutive Events, Faraha Rathod

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Examining the Efficacy of a New Diet Scoring System for Tracking a Mediterranean Diet Intervention, Emily Reeve

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The Effect of Foreign Aid on Political Violence: Learning From Case Studies of Nigeria and Sierra Leone, Charlotte Rohrer

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Improving Processing and Coating Protocol to Promote Crystal Formation and Optical Function in Thin GeSbSeTe Films, Brittani Schnable

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Liberation in Southern Africa: Comparing Democratic Consolidation in South Africa and Zimbabwe, John J. Solomon

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The Far Right in Europe: The Effects of the Migrant Crisis on European Enlargement, Gregory Stryker

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Women's Rights and Representation in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey: The Patriarchal Domination of Religious Interpretations, Roumaissaa Tailassane

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Can Host-Plant Resistance Lead to a Secondary Pest Outbreak Due to Competitive Release?, Carter Usowski

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Hook-up Culture and Attitude Shifts: The Role of Self-Concept Clarity and Sociosexual Orientation, Marisa Waite

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Rape Culture: Tools of Oppression, William Wehrs

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Hans Asperger: Held oder Bösewicht, Sarah Wonsidler

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Implicit Versus Explicit Learning Assessment of Neuroscience Concepts in Undergraduates, Sarah Wonsidler

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Implicit Versus Explicit Learning Assessment of Neuroscience Concepts in Undergraduates, Noah C. Yeagley

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Prion Protein Aggregation in Yeast: Molecular and Cellular Implications, Benjamin T. Allwein

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Processing and Properties of GeSeSbTe Chalcogenide Thin-Films for Optical Applications, Quentin D. Altemose

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Aiding to Repair: An Analysis on the Impact of Foreign Aid in Rwanda After the 1994 Genocide, Mary Atta-Dakwa

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Identification and Phenotypic Analysis of the lz5 Suppressor of the pam-1 Mutation in C. elegans, Dorothy A. Benton

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Identité Voilée: Le Républicanisme et la Femme Franco-musulmane, Helen Brabant-Bleakley

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Veiled Identity: Republicanism and the Franco-Muslim Woman, Helen Brabant-Bleakley

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Living in the Liminal: Representation of Transgender and Nonbinary Identity in 'Steven Universe', Mads Bradley

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Where Trying to Conceive Becomes a Community Effort: A Digital Ethnography of Online Infertility Forums, Megan Burns

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Furs: Functionality, Fashion, and Franchise, Jenna Q. Detweiler

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Examining Alumni Perceptions of Social and Cultural Capital Accumulation Through Ursinus’s Summer Fellows Program, Sydney Dickson

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Assessing Sox2 Expression in the Spinal Cord of Ambystoma mexicanum During Single and Multiple Regeneration Periods, Adam G. Dykie

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Evidence of Next-Nearest-Neighbor Electronic Coupling in a Series of Cyano-Bridged trans-Fe(II)-Pt(IV)-M(II) (M=Fe, Ru) Asymmetric Trimers, Michael C. Esposito

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The Effects of Age on Spinal Cord Regeneration in Ambystoma mexicanum, William A. Foss

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Millennial Culture and Epistemology: Exploring the Meaning-making Discourse of an Emerging Generation, Sophia Driscoll Gamber

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Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Nation: The Theology of White Supremacy in Liberal White American Christianity, Sophia Driscoll Gamber

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Maybe She Found Me in a Poem, Robin Gow

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The Bird That Flew Backwards, Robin Gow

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You, Me, and the Reaper: Meditations on Death, Albert Hahn

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Los Matices Varios del Feminismo en las Comunidades Indígenas de América Latina: Yorkín, Costa Rica y Santa Anita, Guatemala, Roseangela G. Hartford

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Getting Bi: Perceptions of Bisexuality Amongst Young Adults, Emily Jolly

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Exploring the Role of Slitrk2 in Embryonic Neurogenesis, Jordyn S. Karliner

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In the Shadow of Japanese Identity, Rosendo Lopez-Duran

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The Effects of Multiple Pregnancies on the Reversibility of Cardiac Hypertrophy in the Murine Heart, Robert C. McNamara

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Investigation of the Role of the lz4 Suppressor of pam-1 in Polarity Establishment in the Single-celled C. elegans Embryo, Amanda Otto

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The Feasibility of the Mediterranean Diet, Alexandra Puryear

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The Effects of Wls Deletion in Macrophages on Muscle Repair, Patrick Rafferty

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Academia’s Past Boundaries in the Present Future, Elijah Sloat

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Riot Grrrl and Girl Zines: Intersectional Feminist Art in Action, Paige Szmodis

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From Democrats to "Deplorables": The Trumpization of the Republican Party, Lily Talerman

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Rethinking Privacy: An Examination of the Fourth Amendment and Communications Technology, Callie K. Terris

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Understanding the Function of the Chaperone Protein Zuo1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Thomas Tessitore

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Better Aims for English: An Inquiry Into What it Means to Teach English in a Democratic Society, Kara E. Travis

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Modeling Coupled Binuclear Copper Enzymes With de Novo Designed Due Ferri Single-Chain Protein Variants, Brian Van Dyke

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Morphology and Contractility of the Murine Heart: Are Changes in Pregnancy-Induced Cardiac Function Exacerbated After Two Pregnancies?, Rachel M. Weil

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What About Moral Motherhood? An Exploration Into the Maternal Body as an Object and Subject, Haley Zorger

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Identification of the lz5 Suppressor of pam-1 in C. elegans, Robin Alsher

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A Cellular and Molecular Characterization of the Microglial Cell Population in Ambystoma mexicanum, Dylan T. Ammons

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Pyrazine- and Bipyrazine-modified Iron(II) Complexes for the Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol, Allison Arinaga

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Identifying an Intracellular Binding Partner for the Synaptic Adhesion Protein Slitrk2, Usman M. Baqai

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Examination of Neurocorrelates of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Adults, Jillian S. Casarella

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The Arab League and the Role of Regional Institutions in Democratization, Katerina Dee

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La Création du Monde : Voix Féminines et Identités Transnationales Dans la Littérature Beur et la Littérature Pied Noir, Michael C. Esposito

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Ecocriticism, Geopolitics, and John Gower's Confessio Amantis, Lauren T. Geiger

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Vascular Effects of Four-Week Functional and Resistance Exercise Training Programs, Allyson K. Getty

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Migration and Injustice in the Neoliberal Era: A Comparative Analysis of Migratory Laws and Sweatshop Labor Conditions in Argentina and the United States, Kelly L. Johnson

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Faces Bright With Relief: Essays on Growing Up, Mara C. Koren

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Persistent Neurobehavioral Traits in a Mouse Model of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure, Jill M. Lawrence

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Pearl of Africa: Condemnation and Celebration in Uganda, Marcella AM McGill

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My Body, Not My Say: How Roe v. Wade Endangers Women's Autonomy, Kisha K. Patel

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Microwave Assisted Dipole-Dipole Transitions, Jacob T. Paul

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Biophysical Characterization and Catalytic Reactivity of Rubrerythrin and Symerythrin Model Proteins, Jenna Pellegrino

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Vascular Health and Fitness Levels in Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obesity, Avery N. Perez

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Examination of Neurocorrelates of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Adults, Rachel J. Raucci

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Planting the Seeds of Security: The Influence of Agricultural Products on Food Security Levels in U.S. Counties, Vanessa R. Scalora

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Female Moments / Male Structures: The Representation of Women in Romantic Comedies, Jordan A. Scharaga

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Identification of the lz4 Suppressor of pam-1 and its Role in Polarity Establishment in Single-cell C. elegans Embryos, Dylan Stephens

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Examining the Phagocytic Activity of HIV-1 Tat Exposed Microglia: Possible Chemokine Receptor Activation, Joshua T. Straka

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Self-Concept Clarity as a Moderator of the Associations Between Self-Change and Adjustment, Samantha Straughn

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A Defense of a Change in the Legal Standard of Rape From Consent to Coercion, Michelle L. Thiry

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"A jail you could not see”: New Approaches to Identity in Carson McCullers, Brian Thomas

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The Effects of Multiple Pregnancies on the Murine Heart, Marcus J. Wagner

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Investigating How Corridor Cell Migration is Influenced by GABA, Samantha White

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Comparison of the Effects of Four Weeks of Circuit Training Versus Resistance Training on Cardiovascular Health and Fitness Levels of Adults, Tia R. Wisdo

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