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 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

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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