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 2018

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Examining Trends of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Drug Overdoses in Kentucky, Shalomel Achi

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Give Me a Break: The Effects of Recess in Rural Elementary Schools, Nancy E. Allen

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Perceived Stress Associated with Academic Major, Abigail Belt

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Herzberg's Two Factor Theory of Motivation: A Generational Study, Daniel T. Bevins

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GEOCHEMISTRY OF SURFACE WATERS AND GROUNDWATER AT EKU’S MEADOWBROOK FARM, MADISON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, Reid E. Buskirk

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From Fan Fiction to Television: Slash Fan Fiction, the Fandom, and Affecting the Source Material, Jacquee D. Cantrell

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The Evolving Sex Ratio in Degree Programs, Sierra M. Chugg

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Genomic Analysis of Freshwater Mussels Utilizing the Oxford Nanopore MinION Sequencer, Tanya Cifranik

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Examining Third and Fourth Wave Feminism New Movement or Continuing Saga?, Taylor R. Cochran

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The Emotional Bond Between a Horse and a Child with Autism During Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Sarah K. Cox

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Choices: A Theatrical Creative Research Thesis, Jacqueline C. Daviet, Jacqueline C. Daviet-Harbaugh, and Jacqui Daviet-Harbaugh

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Perceived Characteristics of Successful Healthcare Executives: A Survey of Health Administration Graduates, Emma Davis

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Pain Catastrophizing as a Predictor of Post-Total Knee Arthroplasty Pain: A Meta-Analysis, Savannah D. Day

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Monitoring and Analysis of Total Phosphorus Nutrient Pollution at EKU’s Meadowbrook Farm, Madison County, KY, Caridad Echevarria

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Progression and Direction of Personal Health Records, Hannah L. Ford

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Impacts of Disability Inclusion in International Advertising, Angelica J. Graham

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The Race to Zero: Carbon Neutral Construction for Residential Buildings, Josh Grove

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Interpretation versus Authenticity: A Musician’s Guide to Realizing the Score, Mary Haddix

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Ripple Effect: An Examination of Surfing as a Force for Positive, Lasting Personal and Societal Change, Sam A. Hayworth

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When Law Enforcement and Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Meet: ASD Knowledge and Confidence in Law Enforcement Officers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Nicholas P. Hoffmann

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Evan Shellington v. Danny Blevins: A Legal Malpractice Mock Trial Case Problem, Laura F. Jackson

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Hybridizing Conductive Polymers with Self-Assembling Peptides for Biomedical Applications, Lauren D. Jenkins

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Recognizing the Beauty and Science of Diversity: A Tale of Orchidaceae, Claire M. Kelley

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, Molly King

Relativism in modern society, MIles E. Manuel

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The Physiological Effects of Whey Protein Supplementation, Taylor Matthews

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Parental Loss During Childhood: Increases the Likelihood of Anxiety and Depression in Adulthood, Kalinda C. Morgan

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Women's Music Training in the Italian Orphanage, Abriel Newberry

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Authenticity Versus Practicality: Maintaining Era Accuracy While Creating a “Transforming” Theatrical Costume, Abigail Newquist

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Effects of the Medicare Wage Index on Healthcare in Central Appalachia, Devin Poynter

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Analyzing the Benefits of Occupational Therapy within Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer: A Systematic Review, Erin Pyle

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Analyzing the Benefits of Occupational Therapy within Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer: A Systematic Review, Erin E. Pyle

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Traditional Art Therapy Techniques versus Digital Art Therapy Techniques: A Comparison using Sand Play, Kaitlyn Ralston

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The Price of Fashion, Ashley Lauren Reaves

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By Birth, By Blood, By Politics: A Tale of American Citizenship and Immigration, Omar A. Salinas Chacón

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Charter Schools in Kentucky, Kelsey G. Schmiade

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Historical Text and Historical Archaeology: Hunting the Narrative of Kievan Rus, Ivory M. Spears

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Richmond Kentucky, Sprawl, and a Problem with Access, Spencer Stelzer-Weise

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Theology to Biology: Evaluating the Circumstance of Sexual Orientation, Cody Sutphin

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Medical Marijuana: The Tip of The Iceberg, Brianna K. Turner

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The Relationship Between Place and Depression: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Mental Health in McCreary County, Kentucky, Beth A. Vanover

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Implementing a Mindfulness Based Psychoeducational Technique into the Classroom to Aid Students with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Carter D. Waugh

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An Exploration of the Effects of Parenting a Child Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Morgan Wherry

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“You Like Me Being the Weak One!”: Effects of Gender in Fandom, Whitney A. Williamson

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An Analysis of Human Trafficking in the Southeastern United States: Improving Law Enforcement Training & Techniques, Katherine N. Wyant

Honors Theses from 2017

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Through Their Eyes: Exploring Severe Mental Illness through Short Stories, Emily N. Adkins

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

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The Educational Experience of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Kentucky, Emory Bell

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Keeping up with the Consultants: A Proactive Approach Behind the Scenes of the Course-Embedded Consultant Program, Meagan Bevins

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Evaluation of Disease Progression in Appalachian Kentucky College Students, Shelby L. Blanton

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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

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Jouhikko: An Instrumental Evolution, Rachel E. Bracker

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Parental Substance Abuse: How it Affects Children in the Home, Sarah Brashear

Carcassi Etudes for the Electric Guitarist, Jonathon Brewer

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An Analysis of Green Construction and Its Effectiveness, Joshua A. Brooks

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

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External Forces Influencing Victims to Leave Abusive Partners: Who’s to Blame?, Jennifer A. Burleson

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The Selfie of Dorian Gray: Adapting Literature for Modern Media, Darby L. Campbell

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Beyond No Fracking: An Anthropological Study of Individuals Pursuing Sustainable Lifestyles in Eastern Kentucky, Meg Carter

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

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Decentralizing DNS and the Certificate Authority System Using Blockchain, Tyler Chambers

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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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Shakespeare and Psychology: Emotional Intelligence and Machiavellianism in King Lear and Othello, Justice M. Cundiff

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

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Perceptions of Selective Mutism: A Survey of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists, Gwendolyn Mae A. Dorsey

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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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Reject to Inject: Aiding Heroin Addicts in Recovery via Innovative Technology, Kourtney B. Easterling

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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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Japanese Business Culture: A Study on Foreigner Integration and Social Inclusion, Sarah Franklin

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

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Mental Health through Illustration and Storytelling, Diana N. Goodwin

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Synthesis of mPeg-CNGRC-Pt: Enhancing Platinum Based Cancer Drugs, Emma R. Gosser Ms

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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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Promoting Atraumatic Care of Hospitalized Children through Evidence-Based Nursing Interventions, Sidney Hacker

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Improving Gender Roles, Stigma and Men's Attitudes Toward Help Seeking: A Program for Change, Amelia C. Hahn

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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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Finding Meaning in the Lack Thereof: An Analysis of Nietzsche's and Sartre's Responses to the Problem of Existential Nihilism, Daniel J. Hassall

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

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A Comparative Analysis on the Effectiveness of Modern Mechanical Hemostatic Agents, Kristine Anne Herrera

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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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Poverty in Appalachia: an International Perspective, Adam D. Holmes

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Counter Terrorist Financing: French Case Study, Adrienne Holtzworth

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World War II: A Liberation for Women on the Home Front, Whitney Housley

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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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Arguments Against Amalgamation: The Citizen’s Council Battles Integration By Controlling The Narrative, Evelyn S. Kerns

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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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Tobacco Use Associates with Asthma, Cornelia D. Lewis Ms.

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Holy Women: A Comparison Between Late Medieval Byzantine Orthodox Female Saints and their Catholic Counterparts, Michael Lee Martin Mr.

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Ideology and Education: Higher Education in Meiji Japan, Samantha Kaitlin Meece