Seniors in the Honors Program participate in a faculty mentored process that demonstrates the students' ability to locate, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information, in an ethical manner, in order to produce meaningful scholarship. The Honor Senior Thesis, typically a capstone paper or creative project, is the culmination of this process.

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Honors Theses from 2016

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Academic Mentorship in Honors, Victoria L. Abbott

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The Effects of the Alexander Technique on the Performance of Music Students, Heather Amos

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Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Commercial DNA Swabs and Kits, Shelby L. Banks

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Isolating Factors that Influence Grazing Patterns in Dairy Cattle, Julia N. Barney Mrs.

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A Study of Police Brutality and Excessive Use of Force: A Mock Trial Case Problem, Matthew I. Boggs 6342807

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Creativity Benefits and the Creativity Crisis, Sarah W. Bucknam

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An Artistic and Anthropological Look at the Pottery of the Kichwa, Haley R. Burton

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Breaking the Myth of the Audiopile, Steven C. Campbell 5490829

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Global Citizenship Preparedness at Eastern Kentucky University and its Benchmark Learning Institutions: Assessing Undergraduate Growth and Social Awareness, Susan P. Campbell

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Combating Religious Divisiveness with Cosmopolitanism, Patrick K. Carter

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History of Education in Oppressed Groups: A Comparative Study of Deaf and Native American Education, Caitlyn J. Cook

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What’s The Buzz All About? Creating Understanding of Colony Collapse Disorder, Kristen Marie Gosnell

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David Hume and Causation, John B. Hagan

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A 2000 Year Old Question: A Look at the Resurrection Theory and Those That Oppose It, Shannon E. Horn

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Gender Inequality in the Educational Job Market, Rebecca Jaggers

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Kentucky Wastewater Treatment Plants and the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes, Anthony Jeck

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Visual Identity: Creating a Visual Identity for Corbin, Kentucky, Jordan D. Jung

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Noise Levels of Factory-Installed Car Stereos, Jared M. Kendrick

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Supersymmetry Search at the ATLAS Detector, Joseph E. Lambert

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How to Save a Life: The Effect of Message Format and Strength on Persuasiveness in Public Safety Messages, Katherine A. Lauber

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Brain Drain vs. Rural Return: Dueling Narratives of Appalachia, Tara E. Leisure

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Interpreting Federal Funding for Performing Arts: Why It Remains a Necessity, Amy MacAdams

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Exposing Modern Day Slavery: A Look at Abolition Efforts in Thailand and the Effects for Future Efforts, Hannah March

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Are We Serious About Science? A Study on the Prevalence and Method of Teaching Science in K-5, and Associated Influences, Kasondra K. Miller

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Teambuilding in the Classroom, Brooke Morris

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Antibiotic Resistance in Kentucky: Where Do We Go from Here, Kimberly N. Mosley Mrs.

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The Health Implications of Nicotine from Cigarette Smoke: Should Third Hand Smoke be a Concern?, Rachel Q. Muir

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Yoga’s Impact on Chronic Conditions based on the Association with Common Risk Factors., Dominique Norris

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Shared Book Reading Practices in the Daycare Setting, Sarah Oliver

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Family Factors and School, Michael Pierce

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A Case Study in Psychopathy: Richard Kuklinski, The Iceman, Jennifer Portman

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The Decline of Community-Based Education: One-Room Schoolhouses of Eastern Kentucky, Mallory Puckett

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Rescuing Victims of Human Trafficking: Strategies and Solutions, Andrew J. Pullins

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Efficiency in Video Game Code: Is One Method Better Than The Other?, Christopher Reynolds

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Beginning Band Pedagogy: Starting Students on the Path to Success, Jordan Riddell

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LiveSafe: Increasing Bystander Intervention at Eastern Kentucky University, Katie Victoria Scott

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Chronicling the Developments of The Double Reed, Jenna Sehmann

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"The Great Debate:" Accounting for Stock Options, Mary R. Short

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Adaptation Across Time and Platform: Jane Austen in the 21st Century, Claire M. Sketch

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Abortion Across America, Amanda D. Smith

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Prejudice and Discrimination: The Prominence and Effects in Schools, Angel D. Spurlock

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Reporting on Fracking, KaLeigh M. Underwood

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Knowledge and Attitudes of Mothers on Neonatal Jaundice in Saravan, Iran, Allia Vaez

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Retinoblastoma: The Silent Childhood Killer, Sarah E. Veach

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Students Perceptions of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Impact of Inclusion, Marissa Visse

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The Gold Standard: Understanding the Impact of Perfectionism on Occupation, Mary E. Wagner

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The Future of Journalism, Alexia S. Walters

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Art Education: The Essential Component in Securing the Advancement of Consumerist Products, Amelia M. Wilson

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The World of Anabolic Steroids, Jeff T. Wischer

Honors Theses from 2015

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Strategic Importance of the Arctic Circle, Jachin B. Anderson 3025900

Adaptive Horseback Riding From the View of the Participant, Bailey Bare

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The Management of International Disasters: A Comparison of Practices, Emily C. Bartee

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Perspectives on the Evolution of Hip-Hop Music through Themes of Race, Crime, and Violence, Kelsey B. Basham

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Predicting Inmate Perceptions of Sexual Violence: Individual Factors versus Social Climate Factors, Andrew Beasley

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An Exploration of Early Intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and their Families in Kentucky, Kathryn L. Beck

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The Veterinarian’s Dilemma: A Feminist Care Ethic Approach to Healthy Animal Euthanasia, Sara G. Berge

The Disney Princesses: Progress over Preservation in Disney’s Female Protagonist Evolution, Stephanie L. Bingham

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Opening Closing Doors: How Occupational Therapy Facilitates Learning In Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Jordan M. Blackaby

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The Decline of Catholicism in Modern Day Ireland, Rachel M. Blades

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The Aesthetics of Infinity: An Art Exhibition Informed by Fractal Geometry, Katie Brooks

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The Colors Between the Lines: Artistic Expression or Therapeutic Release?, Sara J. Brooks

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The Efficacy of N-Acetylcysteine and Vitamin C in the Treatment of the Secondary Effects of Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, Daniel L. Carman

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The Practicality and Ethics of Routinely Screening Health Care Workers for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Krista N. Clark

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Effectiveness of Handwriting Intervention- Handwriting Without Tears- with a 1st Grade Student with ADHD, Emily Coleman

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The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Schizophrenia, Trystannei Cool

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Funerary Rituals in the Antebellum United States, Lauren E. Coyne

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What the Mind Wants Without Ever Knowing: Aristotle, Star Wars, and the LDS Church, Shannon C. Crouch

The MPAA, Sex, and Box Office Gross, Matthew M. Crump

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The Relationship between Just-World Beliefs, Blaming the Victim, and Anger, Taylor Dantes

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Dr. Seuss Goes to Tates Creek, Athena N. Deaton

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The Evolution of Cinderella, Nikita Dell

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Algebraic Poetry, Julian DeVille

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Algebraic Poetry, Julian DeVille

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"Dance is My Life:" The Occupational Experience of Adult Dancers, Sara E. Durham

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Learning to MAKE/DO in the Mountains: A Look at Social Change in the Coal Fields, Jason Edwards

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Chemical Analysis of Kentucky Bourbon Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) and Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometry, Kevin A. Elmer

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Raised Afraid: The Media's Influence in Heightened Fear of Terrorism, Paige Fetters

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The Nuclear Family, David A. Foley

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Capital Punishment at Home and Abroad: A Comparative Study on the Evolution of the Use of the Death Penalty in the United States and the United Kingdom, Rachel Gaines

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Comprehensive Factors Influencing Child Susceptibility for Terrorism Recruitment in the Middle East, Renee L. Groulx

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Reconnecting With Our Roots: Farm-Life and Therapy, Spencer T. Hammond

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The Journey to Mars: Understanding and Extrapolating the Exponential Growth of the Technologies That Will Bring Us to the Red Planet, Alex J. Hanavan

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The Brutal Truth about Police Brutality, Markhel D. Hargrove

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Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Job Market and How it Relates to Other Medical Professional Careers, Serenity J. Hetzell

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Effective Writing Practice: Student Confidence and Instructor Feedback in the Language Arts Classroom, Laura K. Hieneman

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Corporate Negligence in the American Automotive Industry, Caleb Hodgson

The Tipping Point: Higher Education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kristen E. Hogan

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Hook-Up Culture and a Tinder Hearted Generation, Jacquelin M. Jennings

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Microbial Growth and Cellular Devices: A Study of Hygiene and Personal Technology, Ashley Joyner

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Deconstruction of the Marijuana Myth, Martin J. Kamber

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So, Where Are You From?: An Analysis of Transracial, Intercountry Adoption and Identity, Jamie King

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A Study of Haiti: Impact of Culture and Limited Government Services on the Haitian Deaf Community, Madison Caroline Koller

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Shattering the Perception of Forensic Science: A Review of the National Academy of Science's Report and its Impact on the Field of Forensic Science, Katie Krebs

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Proposed Kentucky High School Mock Trial Case: Examining Habitual Offender Laws, Joshua D. Lang

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Theoretical and Experimental Study of the Biefeld Brown Effect, Bong Han Lee

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Assessment Tools for Elementary-Age Students with Language Disorders: A Review of Assessment Tools, Shannon M. Leech

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Serial Murder and the American Media, Heidi J.H. Little

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The Art of Arts Integration, Katelyn Martin

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Snake Oil and Coca-Cola: The Development of “the Great National Temperance Beverage”, Mikala B. McAtee

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The Phenomenon of Homegrown Radicalization in the United States, Austin W. McEldred