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 2023

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The Maternal, the Rural, and the Oncological: An Epidemiological-Sociological Analysis of Women’s Cancer in Appalachian Kentucky, Jerry P. Derringer

Honors Theses from 2022

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COVID-19 and Executive Functions, Shannon Ackerman

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Living In a Divided America: The Housing Policies That Have Segregated Our Country and Oppressed African American Wealth, Jenna M. Barnes

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“Will It Ever End?”: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of U.S. College Students, Kristen N. Boyken

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Disadvantaged Response: How to Improve Disaster Resiliency for Low-Income Families, Grace E. Crosthwaite

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Luteinizing-Hormone Releasing Hormone Directed Cisplatin and 99mTc Imaging Agents, Progress and Future Steps, Andrew S. Elliott

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The Effects of Aquatic Therapy vs. Land-Based Therapy on Range of Motion and Pain Perception: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Hadley Faris

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The Implications of Diet Culture on Mental and Physical Health, Kathleen Fitzpatrick

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Age of the Influencer: Exploring How Influencers Build Trust Online and Its Effect on Young Consumers, Lillian K. Herbstreit and James Blair

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Feeding the Cities: A Business Plan to Establish Hydroponic Gardening in Urban Communities, Morgan C. Highsmith

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Art and Planning: A Work in Progress, Adam M. Holhubner

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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks: The Impact of Music Intervention on Speech Therapy Outcomes, Jenna F. Johnson

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Raffi and Responsivity: The Impact of Children's Music and Parental Engagement, Elizabeth M. Jones

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The Relationship of Historical Lynchings to Contemporary Death Sentencing Disparities in the United States, Lukas B. Jones

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What’s that smell? Analysis of the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Aroma: North America's Largest Native Fruit, Charlotte M. Lee

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For Richer, For Poorer: How Finances Impact Romantic Relationships, Maya Mains

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The Spectre of “Overpopulation” in Climate Change, Kris Mann

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A Modern War: How Large Dairy Corporations Negatively Affect the Relationship Between Dairy Cows, Humans, and the Environment, Mikayla M. Marti

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From Reality to Fiction: How Women’s Mental Health was Portrayed in 19th Century Literature, Sara Mason

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An Investigation into the Availability and Quality of Mental Health Services for the Deaf/deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations of Kentucky, Alaina G. Milam

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Sustainable Gardening: A Revolutionary Act Towards Household Food Security in Appalachia, Emily Patrick

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Prone to Success: The Effects of Prone on Handwriting Legibility, Magdalene M. Pearl

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Coping Strategies in College-Aged Women across the Attention Spectrum, Keri Phillips

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Assay Development for Investigating the Contributions of p75 Neurotrophin Receptor (p75NTR) Signaling to Neurodegeneration Associated with Parkinson’s Disease, Samantha A. Radomski

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Envisioning Libraries as Community: Investigating Social Infrastructure and Community Cohesion, Mora N. Rehm

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Preparedness and Recovery process to Avoid Secondary Injury, Celia Rhodus

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Electrochemical Methods for Detection and Quantification of Metals in Drinking Water, Katherine E. Rogers

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Doctor Mario: How Video Games Are Being Used as Medicine, Grayson T. Salyers

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Girl Power: Criminal Justice Gender Discrimination in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, Abigail M. Scola

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The Divided States: An Exploration of the Influence of Media Agenda-Setting on Modern Political Polarization, Anna Grace Smith

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Tweeting Trump: An Analysis of the Utilization of Twitter in American Politics, Jakob Smith

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Theorizing a Continuum of Serial Killer Fandom and Fascination in our Society, Kellyn N. Smith

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Racial Inclusivity in American Music Festival Culture: Who is it excluding?, Jack Souders

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An Age of Entropy: COVID-19's Impact on Art, Sarah A. Surace

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A Meta-Analytic Study: Effects of Cardiorespiratory Fitness on the Hippocampal Region in Humans, Dakota Taylor

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Family Centered Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Standard Checklist for Nurses and Parents, Tori C. Williams

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Dos Idiomas: Concise Recommendations for Bilingual Speech Therapy, Erin E. F. Wilson

Honors Theses from 2021

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America Arts for All: Promoting Musical Opportunity and Equity for Socioeconomically Challenged Students, Sydney L. Amos

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In the Mood- Choosing a Style, Marie E. Banderman

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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: The Extraordinary Case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Arpana Banjara

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Role of Forensic Chemistry and Analytical Intrumentation in the Identification of Designer Drugs, Mariah A. Barko

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God in Government: The Influence of Religion in the Eisenhower, Reagan, and George W. Bush Administrations, Megan L. Baumgardner

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Birth Experiences in Kentucky: An Ethnography of Healthcare, Trauma, and Healing, Breanna Bowling

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Down the Rabbit Hole: How Perceptions of Mental Illness Are Impacted by Disney Animated Movies, Riley Braun

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The Classroom Controversy of Young Adult (YA) Literature vs. Classics- What Literature Is Most Valuable to Today’s Youth?, Ashley M. Brian

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Trading Addiction: An Analysis of Prescription and Non-Prescription Opioid Abuse, Jordan Brock and Lisa S. Middleton

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Male Depression’s Manifestation and Effects on the Individual and Others: Turning the Data Into a Creative Work, Kennedy Carpenter

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When the Fire Nation Attacked: A View of the Colonialism and Imperialism Within Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jared M. Christian

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The Co-Opting of a Movement: Nationalism’s Effect on the Discussion of Comfort Women in Japan and Korea, Lauren Chugg

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The Investigation of Appalachian Public Health, Patricia A. Clem

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Smoking Rates Among Nurses: An Ironic Phenomenon, Meagan E. Cosper

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Strategies for Socioeconomic Development: A Study of Nonprofit Practices, Alexis L. Dahl Walls

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The LGBTQ Health Disparities Gap: Access to Healthcare for LGBTQ Individuals in the United States and the Impact it Has on Their Health, Clarissa E. Dennis

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Pulled from the Page: How Science Fiction has Influenced Technology, Hannah S. Edwards

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Brains versus Brawn: Militarization and Women in Modern Policing, Emilee Shae Eversole

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Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Gypsum Calcination under Fire Exposure, Ethan Andrew Fowlie

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Prospective Physical Therapy Education Revisions According to Appalachian Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Paige N. Freeman

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Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Sports, Willis Gaer

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Assessing the Impacts of Juvenile Incarceration in Adult Correctional Facilities, Jazmine Gardner

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Injustice Has Been Served: Racial Disparities Within United States Prisons, Jordan L. Gatewood

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The Socioeconomic Background of Europe During the First Half of the Twentieth Century Reflected in Select Violin Works of Violinist-Composers Kreisler, Ysaÿe, and Bacewicz, Carlie D. Geyer

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An Analysis of the Utilization Rates for Eastern Kentucky University’s Fleet of Training Aircraft, Erica J. Gilbert

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The Making of Cults: The Factors that Contribute to Membership and the Leaders’ Influence, Chloe Greenidge

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More than a Movie Day: The Pedagogical Application of Film in Diversity Education, Jack P. Grimme

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Physician’s Assistants as Agents of Change: Advocating for Bilingual and Culturally Competent Health Care Resources in the Central Kentucky Hispanic Latino Community, Britany Guerrero

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Mental Health Related Benefits and Barriers of Exercise among College Students, Madison Hamilton

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Exceptional Learners and the Inclusive Classroom, Alicia R. Harris

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Making the Comeback from Combat: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy for Combat Veterans, Julia A. Hickey

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Opioids in Appalachia: Finding a Curative Path, Andrew B. Johnson

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To Lip Read Or Not To Lip Read, Anna Kluesener

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It’s All About the Ferns: A Literature Review of Species Concepts Referenced in New Pteridophyte Species Described Since 1989, Nicholas A. Koenig

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Peeling Off the Proof: Using Peel-Away Polymer Technology in the Collection of Ignitable Liquids During Arson Investigations, Cassidy Laney

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Pollinator Gardens and Their Significance, Emma Lee

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Nurses' Perceptions of Person-Centered Care in Long-Term Care, Sophia A. Lefevers

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Controversial Intelligence Gathering: Deciphering the Actions of the U.S. Intelligence Community to the Public, Rachel E. Lehkamp

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Healing Through Play: Relieving Anxieties Caused by Stressors Faced When a Child is in Need of Medical Care, Lilia G. Lorenz

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What College Recruiters Don’t Tell You and What You Need to Know During COVID-19, Alyia K. Maulden

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Barriers to Identifying Domestic Violence Victims in the Emergency Department: A Nurse’s Perspective, Jordan M. McDaniel

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Who I Am and Who I Used to Be, Madelyn McKnight

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Crime: An EKU History, Kaitlyn R. Miracle

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The Nature of Grief, Emily Montgomery

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Shy or Anxious? Examining the Efficacy of School-Based Interventions for Childhood Social Anxiety, Samantha Neuhaus

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The Toll of Our New Reality: Analyzing College Students’ Health in a Pandemic & Attitudes Towards COVID-19 Vaccinations, Ciara M. Ochoa

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Factors that Influence the Choice to Major in STEM for Latino and non-Latino Students and Professionals, Ivan Olivas

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Maintaining Patient Autonomy: Treatment of Disorders of Sexual Development, Bethany A. Orr

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The Effects of Technology on the Nursing Process, Olivia Partin

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E.T.A. Hoffman: The Creative Influencer of Romantic Music, Lucas J. Reed

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Laughing Through Trauma: Healing or Deflecting?, Katelyn Richardson

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The School-to-Prison Pipeline & Its Sustainability: How Violent Video Games perpetuate School Violence in the 21st Century, Michael Roberts

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Meat, Masks, and Medicine: COVID-19's Impact on Supply Chains, Autumn Robinson

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Making A Sexual Murderer: Developmental Theories and Generalization, Kyra Rogers

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Instagramming Injustice: Social Media as a Platform for Victim Concerns about Sexual Assault on University Campuses, Alayna Ross

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Community Banks Navigate FinTech Partnerships: Enhancing the Customer Experience while Mitigating Risks Involved, Taylor Ross

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Perceptions of COVID-19 Vaccines Among College Students, Sydney R. Shepherd

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Exploring Mental Health & COVID-19: How a Pandemic Could Become America's Next Mental Health Crisis, Ashley D. Shofner

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Effectiveness of Treatment: Understanding Which Variables Influence the Effectiveness of Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alexandra N. Sievert

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“Don’t Make Me Go to the Hospital”: Anxiety Reactions Among Patients Receiving Medical Care, Megan Sizemore

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Classical String Quartet: A Transformation to Vocal Jazz, Victoria B. Sizemore

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A Case for Literacy: New Hope for Northern Nigeria Through Western Teaching Strategies, Jenna G. Smith

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Filmdemic: An Exploration of How COVID-19 Has Changed Student Short Film Production Standards & Processes – Process Statement, Josiah Stendel