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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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

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An Investigation of a Potential Submissive Signal in a Group of Captive Asian Elephants (Elephas maximu), Morgan E. Melhuish

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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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Fractal Dimensions, Jeniffer Paxtle

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

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A More Real VR, Donald O. Peterson

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Determination of the efficacy of Gamma-glutamylcysteine ethyl ester as a treatment strategy for moderately traumatic brain injury, Meranda M. Quijas

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The Effects of Equine Assisted Learning on Emotional Intelligence Competencies and Leadership Skills, Jade E. Rauen

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Art and Stress Management, Alexandra L. Rice

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Programming Trees: Creating an Interactive Digital Simulation, Henry W. Richburg

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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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The Book Seeder's Students, Rebekah E. Rynerson

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Keeping the Faith: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, James E. Sasko

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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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Leadership Throughout Time, Bradley Slone

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

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Evaluation of the Therapeutic Potential of Pt-Mal-LHRH in Attenuating Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Madison 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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The Inclusion of Children with Down Syndrome in Elementary Education, Kelsey B. Stumbo

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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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An Analysis of Playground Accessibility in Louisville, Kentucky, Emily Thomson and Emily K. Thomson

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

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Chica Traducida: Subalternity and Cultural Erasure in the Translation of The House on Mango Street, Jessica Vaught

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Changing Demographics in Higher Education: The Online College Student, Emily Vinson

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Pain Catastrophizing in College Athletes' at Eastern Kentucky University, Jacob Waldecker

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Examining the Potential Impact of Media on Suicide Contagion, Amanda M. Walters

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Chemical Simulations of Cyanomethanimine in Interstellar Medium, Matthew T. Webb

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Login Password Storage and Security on a Windows 7 Device, Jamie A. Weiss

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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