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 2020

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The politics of unionization: the impact of politics on the strength of Kentucky coal miners’ unions., Bayley Hope Amburgey

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Experimenting with adulthood: liminal play in young adult literature., Kylee Auten

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Telemedicine in pediatric speech therapy: characteristics of child, mother, and speech-language pathologist vocal interaction., Abigail L Betts

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The lotus, the orchid, and the dragon: an examination of One Country, Two Systems and its trajectory in Xi Jinping’s China., Eric M. Bush

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Effectiveness, equity, and ethics of Costa Rica's Payment for Environmental Services Program., Anna J Carter

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From Valladolid to Venezuela : the legacy of Las Casas, Vitoria, and Sepúlveda in the current Venezuelan crisis., C. Evan Clark

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Identifying phenotypic effects in Sporisorium reilianum and Ustilago maydis lacking the alternative oxidase gene., Caroline D. Culver

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Spatiotemporal analysis of traffic crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists in Jefferson County, Kentucky., Joseph M. Garcia

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Screen usage relates to neuroanatomy underlying reward processing., Lucus Kiger Hodge

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Voices of the unheard: Using photography to understand youths' perceptions of problems in their neighborhoods., Erica Ann Lush

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Phytochemical content and anti-breast cancer activity of Kentucky native plants., Nicole A. McGrath

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Interaction design for retention., Susan H. Pallmann

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Musicians’ hairstyles: a glimpse into the meanings and messages of funk, punk, and rap hair from the 1970s to 1990s in the USA and France., Carolle Pinkerton

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In vitro immune activation by Treponema pallidum and the effect on osteoclastogenesis: first experimental step towards an integration between osteoimmunology and paleopathology., Emily Ann Rich

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Cardiomyocyte morphology following severe spinal cord contusion in rodents., Addison D. Riney

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Filifactor alocis: resilience and manipulation against neutrophil effector functions in a dysbiotic oral environment., Max N. Rogers

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Olfactory tissue investment in tropical rainforest ants scales with body size., Heather Evon Short

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Race relations during the 1937 flood: confronting polite racism, identity, and collective memory in Louisville., Elizabeth J. Standridge

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Universalism and the paradox of redistribution: the case of Norway., Madison Swingholm

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The dimensions of secession in California., Jared J Thomas

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Reclaiming images of Black women: an investigation of Black womanhood in visual communication, Taylor Simone Thomas

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On the advantages of the disabled in space., Samantha R. Timmers

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Public history as social justice: how Japanese Americans won redress with the help of history packaged for the public., Sara N. Ulanoski

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The effects of PPAL-1 in Arabidopsis gamete development., Amanda White

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Assessing conduct disturbance and fly ash exposure in children., Jillian G. Winn

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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Assessing perfectionism as a predictor of exercise dependency over time., Sarah E. Ernst

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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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An uncertain line: making art about photographs of American war and violence., Cassidy Meurer

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Indole sensitivity in various insect herbivores., Rakhi Patel

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Anxiety symptoms as a predictor of head and neck cancer survival and potential for mediation by cancer treatment response., Tyler D. Pollitt

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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

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Women and fiber: the role of craft traditions in the transmission of cultural history., Brooks Vessels

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