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 2019

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Vascular Flora of Three Wetlands in the Red River Geological Area and Clifty Wilderness in Menifee and Powell Counties of Kentucky, Calvin T. Andries

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A Monetary Suite: The Economic Impact of the Orchestra, Katherine A. Anneken

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Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of Arisaema Triphyllum, Kelsey Arthur

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Interstellar Travel and Tourism: The Possibilities in the Dawn of the New Face of Business and its Structure, Haley Barber

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Cause Related Marketing: An Examination of Consumer Perception, Retailer Profitability, and the Interrelationship Between Them, Jessica B. Blanton

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Stage Based Matrix Modeling of Trifolium stoloniferum Restoration Populations at Taylor Fork Ecological Area, Madison County, Kentucky, Theodore J. Brancheau

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Big Fire, Big Water: An Evaluation of Fire Service Tactics in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Structures, Nicholas J. Brondum

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Breed Specific: A Comparison of Milk Production and Components of Brown Swiss and Holstein-Friesian Dairy Cows Over an Eight Month Period at Eastern Kentucky University’s Meadowbrook Farm, Jennifer S. Campbell

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A Solution to Workplace Injuries and Accidents, Reagan C. Cole

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Panpsychism as a Solution to the Mind-Body Problem, Andrew Coyle

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Exploring Professional Relationahips in Deaf Education, Cassidy L. Dalton

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Autism Stereotypes Among Psychology Undergraduate Students at Eastern Kentucky University, Stephanie B. Darnell

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Hooked on Life: Recreational Therapy in the Lives of Drug Exposed Children, Sawyer Davidson and Michelle Gerken

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Rhythms and Reading: Applying Literacy to the Music Classroom, Makenzie M. Davis

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Silicon Eyes: The Moral Agency of Artificial Intelligence in Organizational Settings, William Davis

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Developing a Campus Resource Guide for the EKU Latino Community, Kasey N. Dearing

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Efficient Clustering for Users’ Brand Sentiment Analysis on Online Social Media, Alex Dixon

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Quilting: A Modern Exploration of a Traditional Occupation, Shelby L. Enlow

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The Art of Mental Health: An Investigation of whether the Portrayal of Mental Illness through Art can Help Alleviate Stigmas towards Mental Health, Brandi Cheyenne Gibson

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Revealing Ropes: Racism and Stereotypes in Professional Wrestling, Davida F. Gilliam

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The Effects of Cancer Treatments on the Work Performance of Career Firefighters, Chad A. Gosnell

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How to Catch a Fraudster: A Study of Personality Traits Indicative of Fraud, Autumn Gover

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Perceptions of Safety from School Resource Officers, Jacob Hays

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Bridging the Gap: Creating Inclusivity in the Classroom for Gifted and Talented Students, Malorie M. Hegge

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Antibiotic Resistance; a Global Crisis, Isabella D. Hobbs

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Hermaphroditism and the Rhetoric of Shifting Sexual Identity in Early Modern Europe, Thomas Hudson

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A Bold Impact: How Printmaking Shaped the Early Modern World, James Harrison Hunt

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The Show Must Go On: A Documentary Exploring the Benefits of Theater Programs for Children, Emily Hutchison

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An Experiment of Modern Music: An Application of the Modern Production and Distribution of Independent Music, Jesse W. Klapheke

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All Parts and Parcels: Unpacking and Analyzing Kentucky Education Reform, Matthew A. Lee

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A Redesign of Climbing Gear, Justin B. Lutz

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The Road to the Championship Ring: An Exploration of Sabermetrics' Impact on the Houston Astros, Jenna A. McGuire

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Perceptions of Eating Disorders Among College Students, Maria N. Mullins

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Electroencephalograph Event Related Potential (EEG-ERP) Differences in Working Memory (WM) with Concussions, Jackson Lafeyette O'Daniel

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Disrupting The Traditional Curriculum: A Case For Required Foreign Language Education, Heather Ramsay

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The Underlying Determinants and Impacts of the Substance Abuse Crisis in Knox, Whitley, and Laurel Counties, Mikaela B. Rhodes

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Manipulating Light: Creating a Biomimetic Photonic Crystal Material Inspired by the Chameleon, Love L. Richburg

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More Than a Lady: How Jane Austen’s Works Impacted the Role of Women in English Society in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries, Chloe E. Rojas Ms.

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The Appalachian Dilemma: An Ethical Debate on Genetic Therapy and Genetic Enhancement, Haley M. Sizemore

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Human Trafficking in the American Midwest: Causes, Concerns, and Effects, Anna Elaine Stamper

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"We Asked 100 People": The Perpetuation of Cultural Stereotypes Through the Portrayal of Contestants on "Family Feud", Jordan C. Stewart

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Using LiDAR to Constrain Groundwater Models of an Isolated Ridgetop Wetland in the Daniel Boone National Forest to Quantify Hydrological Connectivity, Selsey A. Stribling

Magnetism and Feminism: Identifying the Marginalized Women of Physics, Katherine Stuart

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Security in Semi-Public Spaces: Redefining Legal Gray Areas, Ashley Thompson

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Just Breathe: A Comparison of Smoking and Meditation, Rosemary Thompson

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Disruption in Finance: Blockchain’s Financial Applications and Implications on Society, Alexander Vasquez-Solis

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Sensory Processing Disorder in Early Childhood: Examining Cohesion Among Service Providers, Rachel L. Vickers

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The Exemplary Coach, Catherine N. Wibbels

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Reality Versus Fantasy: An Analysis of Emergency Management Practices Portrayed in Disaster Movies, Lisa Wier

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How Music Students Self-Perceive Talent and How It Influences Practice Sessions, Sarah E. Wilson

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Table 42 Needs Ranch: Working Memory and Waiters, Austin D. Yowler

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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Art Appeal: A Study of How the Arts Improve Public Education and Create Well Rounded Learners, Bethany Aslinger

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From God to Pennywise: The Evolution of Horror, Tyson C. Barnett

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Insuring Intelligence: Underwriting Autonomous Vehicles, Alexander J. Barton

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Views from Above: Recent Forest History in the Far North of Madagascar, Nathanael R. Bartosch

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The Effects of the Relationship Between Racism and the Environment on Personal Health, Hannah M. Batsche

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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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Is Organic Food More Nutritious?, Allyson Bridewell

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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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Crime and Conviction: Utilizing Infrared Spectroscopy for Polymer Evidence in Forensic Science, Jessica Carlotti

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Abstract Assassination: How Police Militarization Has Contributed to the Rise of “Swatting”, Lucas A. Carrico

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The United States Homeland Security Enterprise: An Analysis of the Media’s Impact on Law Enforcement Agencies, Makenzie D. Case

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Advertising in a World Full of Human Trafficking: How Advertising and Human Trafficking Coincide, April M. Cherry

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The History of the Future: A Creative 26th Century Article on the 2016 Presidential Election, Spencer J. Chowning

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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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Social Outcomes of Therapeutic Recreation Day Camps, Kathryn E. Clark

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

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High Intensity Interval Training & Strength Training Benefits: Dose Response and Other Modeling, Kaitlin G. Collier

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Piecing It Together: The Importance of Quilting, Tristan L. Colpitts

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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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Food Allergies in Children and Manufacturing Processes, Katelyn Craft

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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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Poverty and Eastern Kentucky School Districts: An Analysis of Effective Interventions that Lead to Academic Success, Jessica Dobbs

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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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The Physics of Cheerleading: Force Production of Cheerleading Stunts, Kacy Eckley

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Everyday Poetry: Effective Strategies and Concepts Used by Successful Poets Applied to Things Abandoned, Morgan O. Enix

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

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Conquering Chronic Disease: Community Health Worker Training and Quality Standards, Mariko Garrison

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Millennial Management Students: How Learning Expectations and Preferences in the Classroom Apply to HR Training Programs, Nicole Goderwis

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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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Social Music: Examining Social Media Engagement and Artistic Satisfaction in the Music Industry, Madison Harris

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Optimization of Camera Trapping Methods for Surveying Mesopredators in the Appalachian Foothills, Courtney R. Hayes

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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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'Make America White Again:' Donald Trump and the Use of Explicit Racism in the 2016 General Elections, Megan L. Helton

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An Undergraduate’s Guide to Trumpet Repertoire, Corey A. Hermens

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The Integration of the Internet and Communication Theory in Nonprofit Fundraising: A Case Study, Jenna Hicks

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An Analysis of Governmental Decisions Prompting the United States’ Extended Involvement in the War on Communism and the War on Terror, Casey Hinton

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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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Apple iCloud: Securing Your Data, Dominic X. Holt

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The Quest to Find Amphibian Species in Eastern Kentucky Streams Utilizing eDNA Sampling Methods, Taylor M. Howell

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