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 Honors Senior Thesis, typically a capstone paper or creative project, is the culmination of this process.

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Honors Theses from 2020

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Goodbye, Team Basketball: How Superstar Athletes Affect Their Teams’ Retail Success in the NBA, Ryan J. Anglin

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The Ultimate Accounting Need: A Universal Set of Accounting Standards, Joshua Cole Bailey

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Silence is Deafening: Signing vs. Non-signing in the Home and the Impact on Mental Health in the Deaf Community, Holly A. Blades

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Forget 37 Weeks....Go the Full 40: Improving Maternal and Fetal Outcomes, Dara B. Bockrath

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Boundary Value Problems at Resonance, Justin T. Bowman

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A Study of Screen Time and Development in Elementary-Aged Children, Jacquelynn Brian

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"Skin Cancer Types and the Effectiveness of Mohs Surgery Against Them", Andrew M. Brockman

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‘It’s An Accessible World After All’: Evaluation of Amusement Park Accessibility and Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities, Morgan Carl

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Diversity in Children’s Literature: Gender Identity in the Elementary Classroom, Madeline J. Doolin

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The Relationship between Autism and the Multiple Intelligences Theory: Identifying Patterns in Learning for Educational Purposes, Rhiannon M. Duvall

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The Effects of Cognitive Training on Neurodegenerative Disease: A Proposed Study, Mark E. Dvornak

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Hormones and Your Self-Definition, Allison Dyas

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Echoes: Film Noir in the Contemporary Setting, Ahjani Evans

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Orff Schulwerk and Autism: Unlocking the Gifts of Students with Autism in the Music Classroom through Orff Schulwerk, McKenzie E. Garrett

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Systematic Review of Integrating Care to Improve Quality of Life Within Chronically Diseased Patients with Mental Illness, Brooke R. Goble

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Surviving Cancer is not the end of the story: Effects of Chemotherapy on Heart Function., Jacey S. Griffith

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Writing Systems as a Reflection of Ancient Societies, Sarah M. Gripshover

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The Comic Book Conundrum: Defining Comic Books as a Literary Genre, Dylan C. Guffey

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A Bigger Pond: The Mental Health of Honors Students, Austin E. Hacker

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The Cost of Healthy Living: Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Crime, Max Hargett

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Tax Administration Characteristics’ Impact on Taxpayers’ Perception and Compliance, Kelsie Head

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Bringing the Indie Music Scene to Lexington, KY: A Marketing Research Plan, Randall Heite

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Gender Through Generations: How Gender Stereotypes and the Portrayal of Women in Children’s Literature Has Changed Over Time, Abigail Hester

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The Relationship Between Gut Microbiota Diversity, Body Weight, and Plant-Based Dietary Patterns, Hannah Hillard

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The Effects of Yoga on Balance for Elementary School Aged Children Receiving Occupational Therapy, Amelia J. Hunley

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Developing a Paradigm for the Measurement of Cortisol, Megan N. Hurley

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You’re Feeding Your Dog What? An Investigation into the Dog Food Industry, It’s Recalls, and The Market, Madison Hutchens

The Extraction of Bovine DNA From Dermestid Beetles, Lucy Jones

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Preserving a Heritage: Clog Dancing in Appalachia, Lacy Justice

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Negative Perception of Generic versus Name Brand Pharmaceuticals, Rebecca Kavalauskas

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Explaining the Role of Social Media in Political Polarization, Sarah King

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Substance Abuse: The Impact of Maternal Drug Use on Families, Anne Kinsman

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A Brief History of the Social Construction of Terrorism Through Media: September 11, 2001 to Present, Laura Kirk

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Vaccinate her? I hardly know her!: Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy, Zachary M. Marcum

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Puerto Rico Versus Florida, Emergency Operation Plans: Comparative Analysis Between Puerto And Florida, Kelli Mason

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A Heartbreaking Loss: An Analysis of the Long-Term Negative Cardiometabolic Effects of Unhealthy Bulking Practices in American Football Players, Brianna McManus

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Metamorphosis: A Representation of Life Mistakes Through Portraiture, Alexander S. Mesones

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Fostering Success: What Happens After the Transition Out of Foster Care?, Paige N. Mikels

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Build A Website for AYU International Hotel, Dagmawi Negesse

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Teaching Creatively: The Role of K-12 in Encouraging Student Creativity, Rebecca M. Norton

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Reviving Clay in the Classroom: A Hand-Building Handbook for Art Educators, Josey M. Owens

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Comorbidity of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Infertility, Brenna Payne

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The Lynchpin of the Scottish Reformation: St Andrews’ Role in the Protestant Conversion of Scotland, Jennifer Perkins

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Nothing Has Changed Since Yesterday, Why the Role of Social Media in Radicalization is more Complex than it Seems, Robert T. pollard

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The Role of a Resident Advisor: Creating Residence Hall Communities that Foster Positive Mental Health, Leslie A. Richie

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Solutions to Dissonance: Solutions to the Gaps in the Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Students with Disabilities in the Music Classroom, Matthew T. Robinson

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The Four Color Problem: The Journey to a Proof and the Results of the Study, Rebecca M. Rogers

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Coal Culture- More Than Just Energy, Kristen M. Smith

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Improving Safety Regulations to Decrease Respiratory Health Issues in Construction Workers, Kendall Stiens

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Bilingualism in Speech Pathology, Haley J. Taulbee

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Investigating the Gap: A Study of the Diversity in Elementary Literature, Sydney N. Taylor

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Cuddling and the Born-Addicted Infant: Implementation of volunteer-based cuddling programs for babies experiencing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Alexis L. Thompson

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“Follow the leader?” Exploring the Benefits of Proactive Followership, Suzanna Q. Thompson and Kristen B. Wilson

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“Bad Bucks to Sons of Bitches”: An Historical Analysis of Jack Johnson’s Impact on American Sport Media, Kaylee Thornsberry

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Poetry as Activism: The Political Implications of Performance Poetry, Kyndall Tiller

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Using Multimedia to Counteract the CSI Effect, Haley Wagner

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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Searching for a Voice: An Introduction to Transgender Voice and Communication Therapy, Nicholas Brock

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Examining Healthcare Disparities in Rural Areas Across the Globe: Appalachia vs Thailand, Peyton A. Brock

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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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Mozart To Monroe, Isaac C. Brooks

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Voices in the Dark: Shedding Light on Minority Perceptions of Medical and Mental Health Care, Dezjana M. Buntin

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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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Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Look into Selective Mutism, Katelyn R. Campbell Ms.

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Bridging the Gap Between Micro and Macro Practice: Suggested Revisions to Nonprofits’ Traditional Approach to Client Intervention, Sylvia L. Carter

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Improving Sexual Health Efficacy: A Qualitative Study of Female College Students’ Experience with Sexual Health Education and Subsequent Capacity for Application, Naomi Elizabeth Cheek

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Investigating the Proteolysis of p75NTR in Response to Oxidative Stress in Dopaminergic Neurons, Rachel T. Clements

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Effects of Gender, Race, and Self-Assessment of Creativity on Attitudes Toward Art Therapy, Sarah Cobble

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Measuring the Effects of a Student Teaching-Based Unit on 3rd Graders’ Perceptions of Engineers and Engineering, Taylor Cobb and Scott Townsend

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

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A Female's Profession: Gender Disparity in Occupational Therapy, Jodi Collins

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What Makes a Detective: Character in Detective Fiction, Jordan Connelly

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Nursing Discharge Checklist for Caregivers of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Meghan Corder

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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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"A Miss is as Good as a Mile": Examining Social Distance as a Predictor of Academic Performance in Kentucky, Anna K. Davidson

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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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Memorable yet Unsung: The Significance of Video Game Music, Sydney Doll

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

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Does Birth Order Have an Order on Your Life?, Karagan Feldmeier

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Photography and Perceptions of Beauty, Clayton Gibb

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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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"For I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me In": Explaining White Evangelical Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Refugees, Joy Girgis

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Funding the Field: A Literature Review of the Kentucky AgrAbility Program’s Financial Need to Assist Agricultural Workers Across the Commonwealth, Leah D. Goodman

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The Impact of Anti-Opioid Print Messages on High-Sensation-Seeking Personalities and Behaviors: A Comparative Study of Public Service Announcements and Research, Allison B. Gordon

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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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The Intertwine: Religious Healing and Mundane Medicine in the Ancient Roman World, William M. Griffith

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Perceptions of Safety from School Resource Officers, Jacob Hays