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

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

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

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Fast Drivers, Slow Progress: An Investigation of Evidence-Based Protocols in Kentucky Emergency Medical Services, Stuart Jones

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Predictive Factors for Sustaining an Injury in Collegiate Athletes, Samantha B. Josselyn

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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

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Overworked and Underpaid: Examining Turnover in Community Corrections, Tristan D. King

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Characterizing Thermophiles: A Study of Thermostability in Malate Dehydrogenase, Amanda C. Macke

Relativism in modern society, MIles E. Manuel

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The Physiological Effects of Whey Protein Supplementation, Taylor Matthews

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Camp is for the Counselor: Developing Workforce Skills for the Future, Callie McMullin

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The Internet of Things: The History and Future of Internet-Connected Devices, Austin Connor McQueen

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An Analysis of the National Standards Movement in Secondary Education, its Effectiveness, and its Implementation in School Systems in the Future., Taylor Moore

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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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Medical Tourism: Health Effects of a Growing Global Economy, Odara Oliveira

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Beautiful, Accessible, Medicine: The Healing Power of Poetry as Evidence in my chapbook – Flowers and Weeds, Destinee K. Ott

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Consumer Behavior and Pharmaceutical Pricing: Correlations and Trends, Lexie E. Parks

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Peer Evaluations: How Identity Shifts Judgment, Jamie C. Pennell

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Understanding Mass Incarceration: The Production of a Racial Caste System, Juana Pina

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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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Stigma in Cinema: Mental Illness' Representation in Film, Mayson C. Rainwater

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Creativity in Training: The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity's Approach to Consultant Training, Jessica Ralston 2272230

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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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An Analytical Evaluation of the Mechanics of Weights and Cables, Mason A. Reeves

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Activism as a Source of Strength for Black College Students at Predominately White Institutions, Caroline M. Reid

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Her Choice, Emma C. Roach-Barrette

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Help Wanted: More Mental Health Trained School Nurses, Emily Rose

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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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Closing the Gap in Missed Instruction: An Examination of NTI Days and Other Alternative Methods, Kelsey R. Sasko

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Charter Schools in Kentucky, Kelsey G. Schmiade

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Post-feminist Visibilities in Modern Advertising Techniques, Jamie Schneider

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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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Stability and Control in Life: The Mediating Role of Locus of Control between Social Resources, Shelby L. Strong

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Cracking the Code: How to Close the Gender Gap in Information Technology, Caroline O. Stuhr

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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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The Reason for the Public’s Divided Opinion of the Financial Advising Industry, Nick Wallace

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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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The Negative Effect of Social Media on Aristotle’s “Good Life”: Psychological, Sociological, and Philosophical Perspectives, douglas h. wilson

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Catching the Perfect Serial Killer: How Bacterial Evidence Can be Used to Advance a Forensic Investigation, Catherine Wood

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A Cultural Psychology Approach to the Epidemic of Substance Abuse in Appalachia, Alissa Woods

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