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. It also includes retrospective honors theses from years prior, with permission of the authors.

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Theses from 2019

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The role of PPAL in the moss Physcomitrella patens., Noela M. Botaka

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Playing games to improve conceptual understanding and cooperation in social dilemmas., Jason R Bush

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Reporting poverty in Louisville : news coverage of Slum Clearance, La Salle Place, and College Court, 1934-1938., Shelby N Carter

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A bug eat bug world : does urbanization decrease survivorship of pollinators., Amy L. Cherry

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Facile and efficient synthesis of thiosemicarbazone derivatives with functionalized pendant amines., Anna E Davis

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The effects of pitch and speaking rate on foreign accented speech perception., Rebecca F. Davis

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Genetic crosstalk and its effects on virulence and mating in Ustilago maydis., John S. Desmarais

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Effects of talker variability on categorization of spectrally degraded vowels., Emily A. Dickey

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Transcriptional influence of retinoic acid and its effects on angiogenesis of murine salivary glands., Isaac Feinn

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Investigation of the in vitro interactions between two common Cystic Fibrosis pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia., Matthew Hill

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Morphometric analysis and application in galaxy evolution and high-redshift surveys., Samir Kusmic

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Looking through the grille : an analysis of Ursuline religious agency in an early French colonial context., Molly IF LaPorte

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Insect populations across an urban-to-suburban land use gradient., Jacob T. Lawson

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H.E.L.P : A creative exercise in feminism and the buddy comedy., Bayne M. Lutz

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PPARγ and high molecular weight adiponectin in white adipose tissue in an obesity model., Katelyn M. McDowell

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Indole sensitivity in various insect herbivores., Rakhi Patel

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Long-term patterns in remotely-sensed vegetation productivity for a transboundary conservation area in Southern Africa., Liam Resener

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Louisville and the tobacco trade within the Atlantic World., Jessica June Riley

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Relationships of protein biomarkers of the Urokinase Plasminogen Activator System with expression of their cognate genes in primary breast carcinomas., Seth B. Sereff

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Democratization and Democratic peace., Sarah K. Simon

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The Delphic plague : a study in Athenian oracular rejection as evident in the Oedipus Tyrannus., Devin A Stephens

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The effect of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia on Gram-negative cystic fibrosis pathogens., Joshua D Stewart

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Racial microaggressions cohort differences., Shayla R. Thompson

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These places we walk : stories of mental illness in American society., Rachel Grace Trimble

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The role of antecedent-focused emotion regulatory strategies on emotionally dysregulated behavior above and beyond the influence of ADHD., Skyler C. VanMeter

Theses from 2018

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An analysis of democracy’s effect on e-government development globally., Frank Bencomo

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The effects of musical training on the well-being of older adults., Brianna Nicole Berry

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The case for management in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict., Devin P. Brown

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Who gets “saved?” : making sense of racially disparate disciplinary practices in urban school systems., Kala Brown

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Confucius Institutes and Sino-American soft power diplomacy., Christian L Bush

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Perceived public opinion vs. actual public opinion and media's influence., Sarah Carey

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Illusory correlation and perceived criminality., Rachel A. Carter

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A peer-support mental health response training for LGBTQIA+ adolescents., Megan A Chernosky

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Correlation between agricultural land cover and groundwater nitrate contamination in Big Bat Cave, Kentucky., Brandt T. Coleman

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The effects of parental interaction on infant learning., Rachael D. Crenshaw

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Cultural investigation on typography in branding in the United States and in Brazil., Carolina C Ganon

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Social networking sites and gaining political support., Blake A. Gerstner

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Literacy education across languages in writing centers., Lance M Gibson

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The "Balkan Question" : benefits and challenges of European integration through enlargement., Kasey P. Golding

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Prevalence of the French language in Algerian online news : a remnant of the colonial past., Zofia A. Hetman

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Enhancement of NAFLD risk by vinyl chloride : role of adipose tissue in a mouse model., Brenna R. Kaelin

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Child labor : an adaptive strategy among Syrian refugees., Tasneem Karim

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DsbA-L protein levels in white adipose tissue in an obesity model., Madison E. Kerley

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Prescription packaging design for the impaired : a meta-analysis., Amber C. Kleitz

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The comparison of effective education methods to increase knowledge about Alzheimer's disease., Lillian M. Kopsolias

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Sports and foreign policy : President Jimmy Carter and the 1980 Moscow Olympics boycott., Deserae Lane

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Neural correlates relating to executive function, intelligence, and anxiety., Sarah K L'Heureux

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Urbanicity in Kentucky : a study on academic achievement in urban versus rural students., Kayla S. Manley

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On the politics and conceptualization of gender non-conformity : exploring Thailand’s kathoey population., Macey E. Mayes

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Efficient quantum approximation : examining the efficiency of select universal gate sets in approximating 1-qubit quantum gates., Brent A. Mode

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Reactions to FDA e-cigarette regulation : how vape shops in different socioeconomic areas of Kentucky use Facebook., Brooke A. Moody

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"To prevent pernicious political activities" : the 1938 Kentucky Democratic primary and the Hatch Act of 1939., Raymond Michael Myers IV

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Exploring the role of mindfulness in the established relationship between self-efficacy and exercise motivation., Savannah M. Neace

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The role of ferric reduction oxidases in plant anti-herbivore defense., Virginia C. Nunamaker

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Strain differences in susceptibility to cisplatin-induced renal fibrosis, Gabrielle B. Oropilla

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria in water environments in Louisville, Kentucky., Amy Priest

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Caught in the crossfires : changes for women during the transition period in Iran., Lindsay M. Ruth

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Race and community : coloured identity formation within nineteenth and twentieth century Cape Town, South Africa., Cornelius L. Sanford

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Targeting cancer stem cells in recurrent lung cancer., Karen T. Udoh

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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Queen Dido and empathy : a different perspective on an ancient epic., Rachel E Kelley

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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