This collection includes college honors projects completed by University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students who were approved to graduate either summa cum laude or magna cum laude from December 2012 forward.

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Theses from 2017

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"The only true American republic" : Vermont independence and the development of constitutional government in the early United States., Jacob Michael Abrahamson

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Nowhere to go : informal settlement eradication in Kigali, Rwanda., Emily E Benken

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Flesh in line with the mind : gender in Caitlin Kiernan’s The drowning girl., Sarah Buckley

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An in vitro study on the detection of ovarian cancer using a novel pH-specific targeting polypyrrole nanocontrasting agent., Phillip Chuong

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Making sex work for the state : the policing of sex work in the United States., Madeline A Clabough

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Infants' perception of faces in face-like and ambiguous images., Lauren E Dale

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Cross-cultural investigation of birth experience : a comparison between Mexico and the United States., Alice J Darling

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Shape modeling and boulder napping of asteroid 1992 UY4., Nicholas D Duong

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Structural and functional neural correlates of a mind-body connection., Leonard Faul

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The policy and personal motivations behind the endorsement of Donald Trump by four evangelical endorsers., Benjamin F Hachten

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Attitudes, perceptions, and usage of electronic cigarettes : an exploratory investigation., Elizabeth P Hart

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Different voices : measuring female judges' influence on women's rights issues in the U.S. Courts of Appeal., Alyson E Hendricks

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Investigating the mechanism of novel anticancer agent, AS1411 : does metabolism to guanine play a role?, Parker T Howard

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The relationship between ADHD and emotion regulation and its effect on parenting stress., Cibrian A. Johnson

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"Y'all and all these assessments is a little bit too much" : the effects of high-stakes testing on critical literacy pedagogy., Diana Lalata

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"What to inspect when you're expecting" : critically examining constructions of women in What to expect when you're expecting., Kirsi Lancaster

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An analysis of gentrification’s effects on LGBTQ+ populations in Louisville, Kentucky., Landon H. Lauder

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Greening Gawain : connecting environmental damage and masculinity in Sir Gawain and the green knight., Austin Putty

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Vonnegut's composite work : the importance of illustration in Breakfast of champions., Blake Schreiner

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The problem of luck and free will : how counterfactuals can help., Zach Smith

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Burkholderia cenocepacia J2315-mediated destruction of Staphylococcus aureus NRS77 biofilms., Rachel Thompson

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Synthesis of a nanoscale gold-coated, thermoresponsive molecular release system., Ryan C. Weegens

Theses from 2016

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Bipolar cell dendritic morphology analysis in mice with model retinitis pigmentosa., Simra Ahmed

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The priorities and accomplishments of Kentucky legislators : is there a gender difference?, Amanda Allen

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A world in flux : envisioning climate change from an ecocentric perspective., Katlyn Brumfield

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“Divest now!” The student divestment campaign at the University of Louisville : a crusade for equality., Chris Burns

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The effect of interspecies signaling on Stenotrophomonas maltophilia growth., Zachary Ethan Dickinson

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Cycling around the car : an analysis of America’s car culture, cycling for transportation in the Netherlands, and an exploration of policy solutions., Stephanie Dooper

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Filifactor alocis, a newly appreciated oral pathogen, fails to induce the respiratory burst response of human neutrophils., Jacob S. Edmisson

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Habeas Corpus and the exceptions clause : exploring intergenerational institutional struggle., Kevin Grout

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Lung cancer-related emotional growth : the role of coping styles and prior trauma., Moriah Horn

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The effect of Medicaid expansion on emergency department utilization in Kentucky., Anmol Kanotra

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Characterization of plethodontid TIMP-like protein (PTP) and its role in tissue remodeling during pheromone gland development., Andrew Knight

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The state of tobacco : a remote sensing approach to understanding tobacco crop production in Kentucky., Laura Krauser

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Effects of talker variability on spectral contrast effects., Asim Mohiuddin

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A survey of the Cuban government’s prospects of attracting foreign direct investment., Philip Moore

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Obergefell v. Hodges and support for same-sex marriage : changes in national and state public opinion., Adria Neal

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Whiteness in contemporary feminist campaigns : Free the Nipple., Laura Patterson

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The Western diet's negative impact on the health of the Pacific Islands., Jessica Ruikka

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High school music program participation and subsequent strength of the local music economy., Andrew Segal

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An investigation into the adiponectin receptor levels in cardiac, liver and skeletal muscle of mature rats., Jacqueline Sippel

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King Arthur and the historical myth of England : a child’s guide to nationalism and identity in the Victorian era., Natalie Clare Smith

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Evaluating the role that a putative FXIII binding site plays in the reactivity of three glutamines within the coagulation substrate Fibrinogen Aα (233-425)., Chad A. Stephens

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria in natural environments within Kentucky., Steve Tran

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Movement patterns of the cave salamander (Eurycea lucifuga) in Sauerkraut Cave, Kentucky., Paige N. Wilson

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Habitat effects on blood adiponectin isoforms in black bears., James-Dean Wood

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Role of dietary fatty acids in liver injury caused by vinyl chloride metabolites in mice., Heegook Yeo

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Syndecan-1 tagged liposomes as a theranostic nanoparticle for pancreatic adenocarcinoma., Wenyuan Yin

Theses from 2015

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Facing technology : creative solutions to real-world problems., Taylor Juanita Beisler

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The Chinese civil service examination's impact on Confucian gender roles., Albert Oliver Bragg

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The mankurt remembers : the politics of language in Kazakhstan., Paige Brewer

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Correlation between crime and vegetation : a case study of Jefferson County, Kentucky., Yi Ling Chan

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Delivering health care to women who use crack : a Brazilian example., Kristen Connors

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Kentucky mineral spring resorts : an archaeological reconnaissance of medical trends and land use., Sara Marian Deurell

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The consequences for children of incarcerated parents., Lashawn Ford

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The effects of perceived enjoyable activities on cognition in late-life., Hannah D. Gardner

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The impact of evaluative pressure and higher working memory capacity on sensorimotor skill performance., Lauren Grant

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Swimming behavior in temperate forest ants., Sarah Frances Handlon

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Electrocatalyst decorated hematite nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting., Erica James

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Role of ribosomal biogenesis in axonal morphogenesis., Nicholas McChesney Lynch

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Thrombospondin-1 decreases NO-mediated vasodilation in coronary arterioles in advancing age., Grant McKenzie

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Finding a resolution : religion's role in resolving man's internal dyad., Marianna Michael

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Effects of intergroup anxiety, and outgroup tolerance and trust on intergroup contact quality among emerging adults and adults in Bosnia and Herzegovina., Carli J. Mosby

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The effect of predator positioning and related angles on the flight-initiation distance and refuge choice of the eastern gray squirrel., Lindsay Nason

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Making theatre special without special effects : You better sit down : tales from my parents' divorce., Anna Neikirk

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The effects of international laws on modern day slavery., Sadmira Ramic

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Bilingual intercultural education in Ecuador : education as a means of language revitalization., L Danielle Robinette

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Goodnight moonshine : the lasting effects of prohibition on the United States., John Slack

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James Wilson and Anglo-American customary constitutionalism., Sean Allen Southard

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Relation between intergroup anxiety, depression, intergroup contact quantity and quality in Northern Ireland adolescents., Austin L. Stethen

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Russian energy rents and the eastward pivot : examining the role of Russia’s oil and gas industry in its foreign policy behavior., Kara Stivers

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An act of creation : solo storytelling of Greek mythology., James Thompson

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A new tradition : understanding Othello through the performance of Emilia., Megg Ward

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The electoral victory of John Bell and the constitutional Union in Kentucky, 1860., Samuel Thomas Whittaker

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Holocaust etiquette, myth, and metanarrative : representations of Nazism in contemporary comics., Tessa Withorn

Theses from 2014

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The impact of mindfulness and test anxiety on academic performance., Mariam A. Altairi

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Identification and expression analysis of sugar transporters in microbotryum violaceum., Jared Morris Andrews

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Some place to be that's not on the map : Chuck Palahniuk's demarginalization of the gothic monster., Morgan Blair

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Microgenomic approaches to identify clinically relevant gene signatures that discriminate histologic types of breast carcinomas., Sean Thomas Butterbaugh

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Building reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina : the effects of ingroup identification, outgroup trust, and intergroup forgiveness on intergroup contact quantity., Branka Damjanovic

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A mindfulness-based intervention to reduce stress in undergraduates., Dirk Anthony Dorsel

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Sovereign democracy : Russia's response to the color revolutions., Sarah Fisher

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Virginia's pursuit of self-government : the effects of the civil war and interregnum on England's first successful colony in North America, 1652-1660., Lloyd Franklin Fowler

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Women's activism and social networks in post-genocide Rwanda., Michelle Cecelia Marie Fox

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Concealment and construction of knightly identity in Chretien's romances and Malory's Le morte Darthur., Taylor Lee Gathof

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Comparative analysis of varying theoretical frameworks in Argentine music therapy., Talia Girton

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Epidemiology and virulence of Clostridium difficile : an evolutionary perspective., Lindsey E. Hastings

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Developing a cardiomyocyte proliferation probe utilizing non-degradable CKAP2., Suraj Kannan

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Infall as a function of position and molecular tracer in dense cores., Jared Alan Keown

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Examining the effects of saccade execution and handedness on proactive interference., Montgomery A. Kroger

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Kentucky politics : where are all the women?, Carrie Mattingly

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Is it the thought that counts? : investigating children's understanding of helpfulness, effort, and utility., Danielle McCarty

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The human immune response to the flagellins of Burkholderia dolosa., Molly McDonald

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Portrayals of mental illness and physical disability in 21st century children's animation., Amy Sue Marie Miller

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Interactions between human neutrophils and mycobacterium smegmatis : a comparative general analysis., Irina Miralda

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Reflective tales : tracing fairy tales in popular culture through the depiction of maternity in three “Snow White” variants., Alexandra O'Keefe

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Imperial masculinities from late Victorianism to early global modernism., Michael Anthony Phillips

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From hip to hypocrisy : an exploration of the hipster and the cooptation of style., Melissa Rothman

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Working memory, emotion regulation, and effortful control levels in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder., James Rush

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Promoting diversity in the universal : rethinking universal design for learning., Jill Sadowski