The Honors Thesis is the culmination of the Honors Program and, for many students, the most significant single academic endeavor of their college career. Students complete the four-credit-hour thesis project over at least two semesters, usually their last two semesters before graduation. Students work closely with a thesis committee to plan and conduct the thesis project. The thesis topic and academic credit can be in one’s major or another area of study and must include some original research or scholarly contribution. In addition to allowing students to pursue individual academic interests, the thesis project is excellent preparation for students planning to pursue graduate studies.

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Theses from 2017

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Finding Christ in Cinema: Examining Secular Film Theologically, Evan Wheatley

Theses from 2016

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Joik as the Golden Thread of Sami Revitalization, Tori Bateman

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Simultaneous Determination of BPA and BPS Using UV/Vis Spectrophotometry and HPLC, Jean Eudes Benecyo

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Bridging the Gap: A Study of Compositional Similarities Across Time, The 'Realization' Techniques of Johann Sebastian Bach and Louis Armstrong, Erin Cheshire

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Mind the Gap: Examining the Gap between the United States Education System and the Top Education Systems in the World, Kaitlyn Clark

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It's How You Say It: A Study of Social Perceptions of Speech Rate and Accent, Leslie Colbert

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Creating Color: Unearthing the Chemistry of Ceramic Glazes, Jessica Mariah Hargis

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Discovering New Antibiotics: Bacterial Extracts Separated by Thin-Layer Chromatography Inhibit the Growth of Staphylococcus, Heidi Hughes

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The Blessings of Being God's People: Election in the Book of Isaiah, Adam Jones

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Sex Trafficking: A Cumulative Study, Annie McMurray

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Life is Suffering: Buddhism as a Potential Obstacle to Crisis and Trauma Intervention, Elizabeth Peevy

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Sealing Practices: Impressions of the Past and Their Contemporary Significance, Lana Grace Rose

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Physical Comedy: From Stage to Screen, Kathleen Suit

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Making Meyers Clear: An Exploration of the Chemistry and Art of Ceramic Glazes, Sara Catherine Williams

Theses from 2015

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Thrilling Monotony: A Summer of Alzheimer's Research, Baronger Dowell Bieger

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Studying the Effects of Theraflu on the Growth of Selenastrum Capricornutum, Hannah Gray Boren

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Brands Crossing Borders: Cross-cultural Issues in Brand Localization in and from China, Molly Catherine Bowman

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Expression Analysis of a Glucose Oxidase Transgene in Tobacco, Jordan Burt

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Bringing BPA to Light: Determination of Bisphenol A in Thermal Receipt Paper Water Samples and Lake Water Samples Using Fluorescence Spectrophotometry, Bailey Chitwood

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The Effect of Cannabinoids on Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells, Haley Dahl

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Content and Character: Modeling Christian Communication After Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Sophie DeMuth

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Effects of Modern History on Welsh Theology Post-1904, Hannah Diaz

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Uncovering the Truth About Argentina's Dirty War, Macy Fouse

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Dissolving the Conflict: Why the Church Should Be More Open to Evolution, Kyle Hargis

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Beauty is Born of the Rain: Walter Inglis Anderson's Art and Isolation, Chloe Evelyn Huff

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Toward an Islamic Modernity: Ataturk, Erdogan, & Gulen, Kevin Jackson

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The Limbgate Visions: A Novel, Sean Jackson

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Natural Language Processing for Foreign Language Learning, Jacob Kausler

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Gap Closure to Complete the Genome Assembly for Staphylococcus agnetis, Joseph A. Koon II

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Handedness: Does it matter?, Jessie Little

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Interaction of Disease, Drugs, and Disposition in Ewing's Sarcoma Patients, Madeline Martin

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Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia as a Possible Source for Ajulemic Acid Binding, Brian Christopher Monk

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The Cost of being a Summer Camp Counselor, Emily Payne

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Ten Weeks with Green Beans...And Then Some: Determination of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in Canned Goods from Arkansas Markets Using Fluorescence Spectrophotometry, Rachel Pruett

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Story-Based Spiritual Formation for College Students, Anna Sikes

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The Efficacy of EMDR: A Meta-analysis of EMDR as Clinical Treatment, Allison Smith

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Using Golden Gate Assembly to Rapidly Create Genetic Constructs for Transgenic Plants and Promoter Analysis, Jonathan Smith

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In the Flesh: Fiction as an "Incarnational Art", Marissa Thornberry

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Identification of Bacterial Species Using Colony PCR, Kaiti Walker

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Understanding a Possible Wonder Drug: A Radial Diffusion Assay for the Rapid Evaluation of Antimicrobial Peptides, Dustin Walter

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A Comparison of How the United States and England Educators Teach Reading, Katy Wood

Theses from 2014

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Intergenerational Worship: Exploring Various Cultural Worship Environments and their Effects on the Church, T.J. Bailey

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Protective Effects of Aqueous Extract of Terminalia arjuna bark Against Doxorubicin-induced Cardiotoxicity, Sarah Elizabeth Bishop

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Shakespeare: The Mirror of the Human Soul, Sarah Lynnette Davis

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Freeflight: Conveying Christian Redemption in Realistic Literature, Anna English

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Interwoven, Ellen Eubanks

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Ajulemic Acid Induces Cell Death in Retinoblastoma Cells, Emily Evans

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Women and Watchmen: Opening Alan Moore's Refrigerator, Sally Ferguson

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Evolution of Fashion: Clothing of Upper Class American Women from 1865 to 1920, Lacey Johnson

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The Effects of Physical Activity and Movement on Learning, Alexandria Lemos

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PUREnovation, Inc, Alex Nelson

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Faithless Israel, Faithful Gentiles: Ethnic Irony in Jonah and Matthew, Christopher L. Redmon

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Caring for Cancer, Jason Monroe Stevenson

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The Call of the Sidhe: Poetic and Mythological Influences in Ireland's Struggle for Freedom, Anna Wakeling

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Investigating the Mechanism Behind the Cytotoxic Effects of Ajulemic Acid (AJA) on Ewing's Sarcoma by Employing SMAP and Sybyl-X1.3 Surflex Dock Software Programs to Find Receptors for AJA, Rebekah Ward

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The Relationship Between Natural Law and Mosaic Law in Philo: His On Rewards and Punishments as a Case Study, Clark Whitney

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Economic Leapovers, William Hunter Wolf

Theses from 2013

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Networking and Revolution: How Social Media Has Shaped the Arab Spring, Stacy Beck

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Effects of Antidepressant Metabolites on the Fresh Water Algae, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, Adam Curlin

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"This Frightful World" by Alexander Blok translated by Jason Curlin, Jason Curlin

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My Experience Exploring the Effects of Lead (Pb +2) Toxicity in Drosophila melanogaster using Sociability Interaction Testing and Microarrays at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlton Diaz

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Neuroplasticity and Speech-Language Pathology: What it Means for Language Development and How to Apply it to Therapy, Kiley Gamble

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Using Spheroids and a Bioluminescent Mouse Model to Determine the Effects of Ajulemic Acid on Ewing's Scarcoma, Drake Hardy

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Going Mad: A Comprehensive Study of the Mad Scene in Gaetano Donizetti's Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rachel Nicole Harris

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Erased, Raley Howard

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Psychological Techniques in Jury Consulting, McCrae Jones

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The Influence of a Coiled-coil Isoleucine Zipper on the Trimerization and Endosomolytic Activity of the E5-TAT-mCherry Protein, Valerie Nickel

Theses from 2012

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Medical Illustration, Dusty Barnette

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Function, Fulfillment, and Chaos in the Meta-Narrative of Scripture: A Biblical Theology, Kimberly Carlton

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Bailing Out America: An Honors Thesis Addressing the Bailout and Financial Crisis of 2008, Reuben Cash

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Computational Docking Simulations of Nitroanisole and Nitrophenol with CYP2E1, Kasa B. Cooper, Martin D. Perry Jr., and Grover P. Miller

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Understanding the Hurting: A Look Into the Lives of Families Battling Ewing's Sarcoma, Abigail Dekle

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Freedom of Speech Vs. The Right to Privacy - Problems with the English Super Injunction, Nicci Fillinger

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Establishing a Mouse Model for the Study of Podocyte Regeneration after Injury, John A. Gomez

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At the Crossroads of Biblical Studies and Linguistics: An Exegesis of Genesis 10:1-11 :9, Trevor Huxham

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The Power of Design in Nazi Anti-Bolshevik Propaganda, 1937-1943, Grace Janzen

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MalumGhat a Little Joy, Joy Kelly

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The Life and Legacy of Judge Richard S. Arnold, John Jacob Lively

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Stop and Serve, Nathan J. Peace

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The Year of Jubilee is at Hand: A Call for Social Justice, Jesse Pruett

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The Making of a War Memoir, Mary Smethers

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Against All Odds, Britta Stamps

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Battle for Control: How Venture Capitalists Affect the Development of Businesses, Jeffery Neil Wacaster

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The Effects of Ajulemic Acid on the Metatastic Potential of Ewing's Sarcoma, Nolan J. West

Theses from 2011

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Christian Zionism: Prophecy of God or Prophecy Self-Fulfilled, Brooke Baker

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Secularization in Orleans, France: A Case Study Utilizing Mark Chaves' 'New Differentiation Theory', Stephanie J. Beck

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Body of Lies, Ananda Boardman

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Not Growin' Up: Poetry for Children, Lindsay Chastain

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Jeely Beely: Rolling into the Russian Fairy Tale, Sarah Greeson

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Public Opinions of Schizophrenia, Amy Guiomard

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Know Truth, Believe Truth, Live Truth: How Walking with Jesus Should Change Your World, Casie R. Neal

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"I Was Speaking of Visions": Gilead Through the Lens of Flannery O'Connor, Liz Richardson

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Mooncakes and Marshmallows, Jessica Schleiff

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British Perspective on the Colonial Rebellion, Kayla Smith

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From the Middle Ages to Modernity: The Intersecting Supernatural Worlds of Melusine and Today's Popular Culture, Sarah Stark

Theses from 2010

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Equipping Short-Term Missionaries for Effective Service and Smooth Re-Entry, Haley Michelle Barron

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Making the Student Film, Rance Collins

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CommunitySpot, Daniel Graham, Ryne Dubach, and Chris Norcross

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Dreams and Visions as Divine Revelation, Sarah Horton

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Approaching Autism: A Documentary, Kathryn Merrill and J L. West