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 2018

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Effectiveness and Mechanicanism 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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WH-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

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Exploring Paul as the Anti-Jonah in Acts, Collin Battaglia

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Procedural Generation: An Algorithmic Analysis of Video Game Design and Level Creation, Logan Bond

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Averting a New Nuclear Arms Race, Michael Anthony Calhoun

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Sustaining O-gah-pah: An Analysis of Quapaw Language Loss and Preservation, Robert DeSoto

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A Survey of a Rural Southwest Arkansas Baptist Church on Attitudes Toward Nutrition and Physical Activity in the Church, Elizabeth Fast

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On the Verbless or Nominal Clause in Biblical Hebrew: A Synthesis of Andersen and Joüon/Muraoka, Libby Hillard

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Hyperconnectivity, Transhumanism, and Chesterton’s “Want of Wonder”, Joanna Horton

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Stacking Atomically Thin Materials, Hamilton Johnson

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The Exoneration of Job: A Discussion of the Joban and Yahwistic Speeches, Robert Edwin "Mack" McGehee III

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The Right Type of Diet: A Thesis on the potential relations between your blood type and the way you eat, Drake Puryear

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

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La Bete Noire et le Beau, Hannah Wright

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 A. Evans

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

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Show Me a Story: The Creative Process of Communicating Truth through a Picture Book, Katie Hopmann

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