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 2020

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The Effects of Communication Disorders in Individuals with Down Syndrome and How to Help Them Succeed, Shelby Louise Bradley

The Involvement of Notch Signaling in Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer, Olivia Paige Brown

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Protective Services or Protecting the Service? An Analysis of the United States Child Protection System, Margaret Ann Donnell

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The Search for Mere Purgatory, Tucker Douglass

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Visual Arts Education for Grades 6-12 in Arkansas and Its Changes Since the Twentieth Century, Callie Anna Dunlap Oxner

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Effects of Light Intensity on the Oxygen Production of Arthrosprira Platensis, Savannah Edwards

Daniel's Journey in First Grade / El Viaje de Daniel en primer Grado, Hannah Gallagher

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Editing the Editor, Adeline Goodman

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The Challenges of Deaf Women in Society: An Investigative Report, Megan Harris

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The Healing Potential of Online, Art-DBT: Developing a Program for Rumination and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Reduction, Lesley Howard

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Teachers' Knowledge and Perceptions of Children who Stutter, Kathryn Knight

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Not Exceptions: Historic Views of Women in Art and the Impact on Contemporary Women Artists, Abby Leal

Beyond Stereotypical Picture Books: An Inquiry of Hidden Life Lessons from Patricia Polacco, Ruthie Lenards

Evaluating the Effect of Mutant EGFR on GPIT Subunit Expression in Glioblastoma Multiforme, Sheldon McCown

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Inside Jobs: Historical Conspiracies and their Effects on the Discipline of History, Emily McGee

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Les Femmes Capables: A Supplementary Curriculum Teaching Survival English to Female Senegalese ELLs, Abigail Morse

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Spiders in a Window: How Dangerous Stories Lead to Dangerous Women, Mattie Mae Motl

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Cracking the Case on Age-Appropriate Literature, Sara Neumann

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Parent Knowledge Regarding the Relationship Between Literacy and Language Development, Emily Pankiewicz

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The Sermon on the Mount: A Call to Obedience, Rylee Roberts

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Village Saints and a Little Black Magic: The Benefits of a Mission Trip Opportunity for Natural Science Students in Culturally Diverse Southern Mexico, Brooke Sanderford-Bester

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A Young Adult Scrutinizes the Michael L. Printz Award, Claire Elaine Seale

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Developing a New Water-Soluble Porphyrin as a Potential Photodynamic Cancer Therapy Agent, Catherine Shirley

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An Overview of Foster Care, Rachel M. Smith

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The Effects of Renal Cold Storage and Transplantation on Immunoproteasome and the Complement System, Savannah Stacks

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Reading between the Lines: Exploring Literacy, The Science of Reading, and the R.I.S.E. Initiative, Ashly Stracener

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Women in the U.S. Congress: A Study on the Role of Gender in Electoral and Legislative Processes, Selby Tucker

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Dance: The Universal Language of Storytellers, Meagan A. Woodard

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Our Stories, Paige Wright

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Preparation and Cytotoxicity of Novel Carbon Nano-onion Materials, Cammie York

Theses from 2019

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The Trashy Americans, Megan Bayer

Delineating the Role of HPN in NEPC, Stephen Noah Bowman

Effectiveness and Mechanism of Action of Modified Porphyrins for Photodynamic Therapy of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells, Hannah Brandon

Determining Toxicity of Bacterially-Produced Antibiotics, Logan Clay

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Stories from Elsewhere: A Novella, Andrew Cook

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Determining the Presence of BPA in Vaping Mouthpieces, Jessica Cook-Snelgrove

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Early Childhood Trauma: Implications for Educators and the Importance of Trauma-Sensitive Schools, Mattie Couch

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Effects of Diagnostic Labels on College Students' Perceptions of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah Grace Cowell

The Communicative and Survival Effects of Exosomes in Glioblastoma Multiform, Jacob L. Edmondson

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Crafting Comics: My Journey Through the Creative Process, Carrie Hill

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Computer Science in the Elementary Classroom: The Basics, Mary Grace Belle Hill

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University Attendance and Diametric Political Polarization, Cole Jester

Passive Solar Tracking Using Shape Memory Alloys, Keeley G. Johnson

Antibiotic Responsiveness in Mycobacterium smegmatis, Kailee Jones

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The Evolution of Military Tactics: A Series, Bethany Lenards

Killing Breast Cancer One Porphyrin at a Time, Taylor C. Lymburner

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A Musical Exploration of 'Yes And...': History and Applications of Free Musical Improvisation for College Students, Amy Lytle

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Lions, and Dragons, and Wolves (Oh my): A Study of the Series "Game of Thrones" and Political Theory, Emily Manus

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Determination of BPA in Infant Oral Hygiene Products using Fluorescence Spectrophotometry, Mallory K. Mayfield

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A Statistical Analysis of the Ouachita Baptist University Men's Baseball Team, Evan Nelson

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Once the Ashes Settled, Brittany Parker

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No Returns: Special Education in Sierra Leone, Abigail Adele Richett

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An Analysis of the Historiographical Treatment of Athenian Democracy, John Thomas Ryan

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Heirs to Those Before us: An Exploration of the Influences on a Young Artist, Hannah Saunders

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Does God Change His Mind? An Old Testament View, Colton Sims

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On the Sustainability of Social Security: Have the Faroe Islands Found the Solution?, Austin Sowerbutts

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Shame: Its Place in Life and American Drama, Lauren Elisabeth Terry

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Determination of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Infant Oral Hygiene Devices using Fluorescence Spectrophotometry, Kaitlyn Thomason

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First Words, Laura Mae Ward

Shape Memory Alloy Applications, Dillon Wester

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Modern American Federalism: Defending a Dualist Approach to State-Federal Government Relations, Julia E. Williams

Theses from 2018

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Effectiveness and Mechanism of Action of Modified Porphyrins for Photodynamic Therapy of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells, Alex Abbott

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Applying Nehemiah's Leadership Characteristics in the Business World Today, Amanda Abbud

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Stories of Eureka Springs: A Multimedia Package, Mattie Alexander

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Notes from Kilroy: A Collection of Stories Inspired by the Lives of Arkansas WWII Veterans, Victoria Anderson

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Accessibility in the Theatre, Allison Austin

Gene Expression to Determine Exosome Effects on Neural Cell Lines: Potential Treatments and Diagnostic Markers, Rachel Bacon

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Testing Bacterial Antibiotic Production under Carbohydrate and Protein Starvation, Briley Baird

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A Study of the Hebrew Infinitive Absolute and Its Translation in the LXX of the Pentateuch, Taylor Bascue

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Predictors of Independence for Adults with Intellectual Disability, Kristina Beall

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Project Emerald: Designing a Language to be Fun, Addison Bostian

nothing is porcelain here, Emily E. Bradley

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An Assessment of the Effects of Medical Marijuana on the Quality of Patient Life, Kori L. Bullard

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Synthesis and Relaxivity of a Target-Specific MRI Contrast Agent, Callie Clement

Timing of Exosome Production on Cell (PC12) Differentiation, Alyson Cole

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The Field: A Study in Illustration, Kacy Alaina Earnest Spears

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Canada and Koinonia: Contextualization of Koinonia for the Peoples of Modern Day Canada, Alex Gianelloni

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JWH-018 and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: Drug-Drug Interactions and Implications on Toxicity, Christopher O. Godwin

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STAGE: The Middle Schooler's Guide to Success, Kelsey Harrison

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Assessing Specificity of Indazole Derivatives as Inhibitors to CYP2E1, Hannah Hart

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Fake News: What is the REAL Issue?, Hannah Hines

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Twice Upon a Time: The Retellings of Fairy Tales for Contemporary Audiences, Morgan Howard

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Treating Breast Cancer with Light: The Creation of Two Photodynamic Therapy Agents, Victoria Lackey

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Collaborative Storytelling With Different Artistic Mediums, Andrew Martin

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Using Light to Kill Cancer: Development of a Novel Photodynamic Therapy, Alicia Hamilton Moore

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The Effect of Exercise and Diet on Insulin Resistance, Kinsey M. Nelson

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Anthiom: A Christian YA Novel, Krystal Parker

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Market Expansion Challenge: Finnish School International, Shelby Reams

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View of Death and Dying, and Other Medical Issues Through the Eyes of People in Different Religions, Kaylie Roberts

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Respect: A Bridge Between Inupiaq Tradition and Christianity, Ashley Sharpe

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The Outlook of Occupational Therapy, Alexa Spinks

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Killing Cancer with Light, Kaitlyn Thomas

Isolating Exosomes on OBU's Campus, Cody Thompson

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Experiencing West Africa: What a Semester on the Mission Field Taught Me, Logan Turner

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Acting in a Global Context: Characterization from the Physical Context of Shakespeare's Spaces, Anna Joie Valdez

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Nature in a Sense: A Look at Wordsworth, Other Authors, and the Bible, Hope Wakeling

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Dysregulation of Human Phase I Enzymes in APAP Overdose Subjects with Low ALT Levels, Aaron Woodall

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Bruised but Unbroken: Cultural Responses to the Irish Troubles, Cassandra Young

Theses from 2017

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Elliptic Curve Cryptography and Quantum Computing, Emily Alderson

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The Kodály Method and the Levels of Biblical Learning: Teaching Theology and Hymns to Children, Kimberley Attaway