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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Chronic Illnesses: The Emotion Felt by the Children and Their Families, abbie s. barks

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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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Evolution of Yahweh: The Changing Interpretation of the Hebrew God Over Time Based on the Stories of the Old Testament, Flynn C. Blanchet

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

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Making and Characterizing Semiconducting Polymer for Organic Electronics, Jessica Bone

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"Relentless": The Social Identity of Chronic Illness and Disability, Mary Boujaoude

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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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At Face Value: Factors that Affect the Same Race Bias, Nathaniel A. Britt

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

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Search for Antibiotic-Producing Microorganisms in Sites Affected by Acid Mine Drainage, Hannah A. Bussell

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Lyme Disease in Kentucky: Prevalence, Awareness, and Diagnosis in a Conventionally Low-Endemic Area, Rachel L. Carden OTS

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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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Beyond the Veil of Ignorance: An Analysis of Global Regulations for Assisted Suicide and the Guided Next Steps for America, Abigail B. Coogan

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Magnitudes of Effects of Recovery Methodology in the 21st Century, Hannah Cook

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The Creation of Nona: A Look at Fantasy Literature, Real Life Trauma, and World-Building, Collin P. Davis

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Raising Awareness: Creating a Children’s Book to Reveal the Responsibilities and Cultural Values of Latino/a Children, Edith Del Moral

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The Question of Authenticity and the Costs of Cultural Tourism in Peru, Welsy V. Discua

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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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Treating the Trauma: Evaluating the Perceived Effectiveness of Narrative Therapy on Individuals who have Experienced Trauma, Emily Faith

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Depression and Mental Health Concerns in the Geriatric Community, William Feltner

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The Case for Antonio: A Queer Voice Silenced by Prejudice, Jami Fisher

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Rethinking Rural Homelessness: A Comparison of the Causes, Solutions, and Services for Persons Experiencing Homelessness in Appalachia Versus Urban Areas in the United States, Casey Frommeyer

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Quantification of Neurite Degeneration through use of an Optimized and Automated Method, Lauren Fuller

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Could the p75 Neurotrophin Receptor p75NTR Help Unlock the Mysteries of Infertility?, Mayci Fullmer

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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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Madame Bovary Syndrome: The Female Protagonist's Plight, Audrey C. Giesler

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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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Music From the Dark and Silence: Incorporating Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Visually Impaired Students into the Music Education Classroom, Emily Grindstaff

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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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Incorporating Diverse Literature Into the Middle Grades Classroom, Katheryn A. Heinrich

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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

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"Foreign" Language: Examining systemic attitudes, xenophobia, and foreign language anxiety, Olivia Jennings

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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Slipping Through the Cracks: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Students in the K-12 Classroom, Emily H. Kerr

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

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The Shifting Imagery of St. Alexander Nevsky and Tsar Ivan IV and Their Implications for Russian and Soviet Culture Thirteenth to Twenty-First Centuries, John P. Kinnett

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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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Arthurian Legend and its Connections to the Present Through Analyzing the Literary Themes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Arthurian Legend, Kimberly D. Kukla

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

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How Can We Help? An Experimental Study to Examine the Relationship between Combat-Related Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Student Veterans, Lorna Martin

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

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Investor Interest In CAT and Death Bonds, Kevin A. McKnight

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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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“What Did You Say to Me?” – Social Feedback, Body Image, & Eating Disorders in Modern Day Society, Caitlin N. Mehs

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

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Hugs, Not Drugs: A Program for Volunteers to Hold Infants Diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Brandon W. Messamore

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

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Booked Up: An Appalachian Graphic Novel, Brandi K. Mills

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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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Understanding the Misunderstood: An Analysis of Special Needs Dentistry, Emma C. Reister

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Going in Circles: An Exploration of Functions into the Circle Group, Renee O. Richburg

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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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Insurance in a Pandemic: An Analysis on the Impact COVID-19 has had on the Insurance Industry, Brianna G. Robinson

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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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Sexy Ed: An Analysis of the U.S. Sexual Education System and its Effects on Various Demographics in Relation to EKU Students, Danielle L. Rowe

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More Than Meets the Eye: Why is it Difficult to See the Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Children?, Rachel Schworer

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Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students in Central Appalachia, Lauren M. Shoemaker

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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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A Nuclear Option: An Assessment of U.S. Preparedness for Modern Nuclear Conflict, Carter P. Stovall

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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

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Investigation of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Callie M. Whitus

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