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 2018

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

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

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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

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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