Seniors in EKU's 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 2017

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Assessing Electronic Voice Phenomena through Speech Science, Cassie C. Axtell

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Fish Populations in a Changing World, Christine Booker

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Cultivating Character with Curriculum: A Service Project, Amanda K. Bowman

Carcassi Etudes for the Electric Guitarist, Jonathon Brewer

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A Comparative Study of Perspectives in Musical Structural Features and Emotional Stimuli, Cibele Maia Burke

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The Macroeconomic Effects of Corporate Inversion and Possible Policy Solutions, Jessica Casebolt

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Not a Flaw, But a Feature: An Analysis of the Fat Acceptance Movement, Shayna Clark

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Social Media on Smartphone Technology: How has the Proliferation of Smartphones Affected our Society?, Hannah C. Cole

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Study Abroad Success for Students, McKinley Rose Cole

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Putting the Athletic Back in the Trainer, Shelby L. Davis

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The Hills were Unshaken: A Novice attempt at a Screenplay, Caleb M. Dunn

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Uncovering the Roots of STEM: Identifying the Factors Inspiring a STEM Career, Logan D. Durham

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Evaluating the Feasibility of School-Based Interventions in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Harlan County Public Schools, Jenna Eby

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E.U. Immigration Reform: Background and Implementation, Emily Logan Fendley

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The Effect of Klotho on Murine Astrocyte Reactivity, Briana Ford

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An Overview of U.S. Relations in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, Alicia K. Gilbert

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Origins of Fibromyalgia, Samantha L. Gray

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UndocuPEERS: The Rise of Undocumented Student Activism, Danielle Hachey

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A Call to Empathetic Action: Possible Factors Correlated to Willingness to Intervene Against Suicide, Courtnee L. Hall

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A Gene Ahead of the Game: A Look at Sports Genetics, Jessa Hay

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Coal-Based Power Plants and the Health of the Ohio River, Shelby L. Hesler

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Experiences of Caregiving, Mitchell Hollander Hollander

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Counter Terrorist Financing: French Case Study, Adrienne Holtzworth

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Non-Traditional Classroom Settings: Benefits and Outcomes, Savannah Huff

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Art & Religion in Thailand, Jessah Jennings

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Deaf Education: Bicultural Bilingual Education and Total Communication in General Education, Stacey L. Johnson

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Try-Hard: Accomplishing Big Production Look on a College Budget, Daniel Klapheke

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Musical Examination, Rachel E. Lachut

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The Impact of Telemedicine on Rural Kentucky Health, Michael J. Mettey

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Occupational Injustice: Women's Education in Afghanistan, Victoria Mings

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The Effect of Technology at Work on Employees, Justin W. Morgan

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The Kentucky Way of Death: A History of the Development of Mortuary Law in Kentucky, J. Conner Niceley

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Traditional Craft Medium as Fine Art and its Relationship to Gender, Kristen H. Nichols

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A Musician's Lament: A Creative Piece Resulting from the Interaction Between Grief and Music, Sarah K. Noelker

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Police in The Media, Montanna L. Palmer

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The Economic effect of British Imperialism on the Indian Economy, Mandie C. Peterman

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Art and Stress Management, Alexandra L. Rice

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An Analysis of the Relationship Between Romantic Love and Religiosity in Renaissance English Poems, Cayla M. Robinson

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Western Art Music through the Orff Scuhlwerk, Paul Romer

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Game Theory: The Modern-Day Airline Dogfight, Nathaniel Schattner

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Victimization from TV to Real-Life: Unknown Difference, Samantha Shisler

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Meditation's Effect on Cancer Symptoms: A Meta-Analysis, Dakota E. Shively

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The Possible Effect of Cypsela Morphology on Endemism in Solidago shortii, Evan P. Singleton

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Kentucky Streams and Wetlands, 2009-2017: A Comparative Study, Dennis M. Smith

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Designing an Effective Marketing Campaign for Small Business Convenience Stores, Dalton T. Stanley

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Science and Literature: An Exploration Through a Shared Language, Maura D. Stovall

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From the Soviet Bloc to the Ballot Box: Democratization in Eastern Europe, Tyler Swafford

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Competency Development in University Business Students: A Multiperspective Analysis, Karlee A. Tanel

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Myers-Briggs Personalities and Our Perceptions of Them, Rachel Vaughn

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Discrimination Against Women in the Sport Industry, Kelsey Whalen

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Taking Suggestions: Benefit and Application of Progressive Rock, MJ White

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Economic & Human Rights Development in India: A Look at the Effectiveness of Affirmative Action for Scheduled Castes, Jamie H. Witherall

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Integrating Self-Compassion and Mindfulness into the American Education System, Abbie Young

Honors Theses from 2016

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Academic Mentorship in Honors, Victoria L. Abbott

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Does the Music Really Matter?, Anna Adkins

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

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"El Bloqueo" and the Initial Changes to Expect in Cuba Following its Repeal, Justin B. Asher

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Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies: Treating Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autumn K. Baisden

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The Hard Road to Higher Education: United States Veterans in College, Justin T. Baldwin

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Elephant Lifeguards: Working with Park Management to Reduce Poaching in Kafue National Park, Zambia, Rebecca M. Banks

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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

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Research Methods Used to Study Pharmacological Intervention of Nicotine-Induced Breast Cancer Formation and Metastasis, Bethany Breakall

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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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An Examination of the Use of Lethal Force in Policing, Clark J. Cahill

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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

Influencing Factors on End of Life Care Decisions, Ryann N. Conley

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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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Suffering Sappho! Female Friendships in Superhero Comics, 1940s to 1960s and Today, Hannah R. Costelle

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The Calusa and Early Spanish Settlement: An Archaeological-Historic Analysis of Early European Contact in Southern Florida, Rylan Cromer

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Stronger Together: The Reality of Humanities Curriculum in a STEM Focused Era, Morgan Dalton

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Persistence and Variability of Snag Resources at Taylor Fork Ecological Area, Caitlin N. Davis

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Oil Dries Used in Arson Scenes: New Absorbent Material, Jessica D. Dove

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Legislation to Optimize the Success of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky, Rachel Droege

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Xenophobia: Creating a Measurable Scale and Applying it to the 2016 Presidential Candidates, Isis Girgis

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

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Mindfulness in Education: A Literary Analysis and Program Proposal, Halle Graham

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David Hume and Causation, John B. Hagan

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Cultural Appropriation and Fashion: A Line to Clarify the Line, Lauren N. Holloway

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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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The Canine Genome: Discoveries, Applications, and Future Potential, Rachael Lander

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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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Fabric Wicking with Microfluidics and Immunoassay, Nicole R. Lindsey

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Keeping Up with the College Mom, Christina N. Ludwig

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

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Should bloggers be held to the same standards of defamation as print journalists? A mock trial case., Allie A. Maples

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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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Winter Ecology and Behavior of Eastern Towhees at Taylor Fork Ecological Area, Megan Martin

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Occupational Differences in Play between Monolingual and Bilingual Children in Kentucky, Miranda Massey

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“Keeping Down the Underground:” The Underrated Value of Indie Music Scenes as Economic Development Tools for Small American Cities, Meghan McKinney