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 2021

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I Believe a Man Can Fly: Three Essays on the Themes of Superheroes, Trayton N. Armstrong

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What Animals Teach Us, Christina Beger

A Unique, Project-based, Microcourse to Teach the Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Mechanics, Elijah Begin

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Hello, Olive, Bec Braly

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One Creation: Examining Creation Myths Across Time and Culture, Scarlett Castleberry

Synthesis of Biomimetic Poly (Acrylic Acid) Fiber Scaffolds for Biomedical Applications, Kayla Churchwell

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Lost in Translation: The Communication Differences of Men and Women in Dating and Marriage Relationships, Jessica Daniell

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Achievers and Believers: Women Overcoming Obstacles in Business, Harly Dearing

Desireé: An Original Musical, Melodie DuBose

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Golf: Strategies for Success, Lauren Dunaway

Analysis of MicroRNA Profiled in Extracellular Vesicles Released from Varying Grades of Hepatocellular Carcinoma using cBioPortal, Emme Edmondson

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Utilizing Technology as a Means of Teacher Professionalism, Jordan Ford

Identification of Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria that Inhibit Staphylococcus Aureus, Grace Gallagher and Ruth Plymale

Defying the Darkness: Countering Cancer with Light, Travis Hankins

Generative Art, Caleb Harmon

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Math Anxiety from All Angles, Katie Harmon

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Alexander Hamilton: Underdog or Overrated?, Caity Hatchett

The Function of Novel miRNAs as Biomarkers in Breast Cancer Patience and Their Future in Personalized Medicine, Cade Haynie

The Impact of Biomimetic Collagen Nanofiber Scaffolds on Coagulation, Luke Hill

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Advocacy in the Youth Justice System as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Jennifer Johnson

Host Bacterium Influences Bacteriophage Efficacy, Grace Jones

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Sexual Abuse in the Protestant Church, Madeline Grace Knight

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Providing Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors: Incorporating Diverse Short Fiction in the High School English Classroom, Emily Koonce

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A Case for Early Intervention Speech Therapy for all Children in the Foster Care System, Moriah Manchack

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The American Dream: Embodying Perserverance, Erin E. McNully

The Elements of Onstage Lighting and How it Could Impact the Emotion of an Audience, Kailee Morehart

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Benefits of Music Therapy When Used Collaboratively with Language Therapy, Rebekah Grace Oliver

Equitable Education in Haiti, Breanna Parker

The Good Fight Guide: A Theological Guide to C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, Sara Patterson

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Sexual Ethics from a Biblical Perspective, Braylon Pilant

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The Influence of the Qur'an on Islamic Finance, Connie S. Quintero

Neural Exosomes as a Potential Modifier of Glioblastoma, David Rainwater

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Why Are We Using Our Mouths as an Entrance for Bacteria?, Alyssa Reece

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The Democratization of Finance through the Banking Revolution and Financial Technologies in Brazil, Joao Rodrigues

Effects of Temperature & pH on BPA Leaching in Oral Hygiene Products Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Mady Rottinghaus

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Importance of the Social Model of Disability in the Field of Speech/Language Pathology, Sidney Salyers

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"But the Spirit Himself Intercedes": An Exegetical on Romans 8:26-27, Carmen Alide Scott

Political Language Analysis of Health Crisis and Terrorist Attacks, Madison Shankle

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The Not-So-Great Apostasy?: A Response to the Mormon Argument of the Great Apostasy, Rylie Slone

Electrospun Modified Polycaprolactone Scaffolds for Polymer-Based Periodontal Wound Healing, McKenzie Smith

Analyzing Exosomal RNA Sequencing Data of Low-Grade Hepatocellular Carcinomas, Timothy Spiva

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When is God and What is Time?, Zack Tomlinson

Wound Healing with Polymers: Developing Biomimetic Polymeric Nanofiber Scaffolds Using PVA, Abigail Walker

Loading s-hFGF1 in Polymeric Nanofiber Mats for Biomedical Applications, Jennifer Wallace

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The Unexpected Neighbor: a Retelling of the Good Samaritan, Laura Beth Warner

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Attention Platform 9¾: The Hogwarts Express is Cancelled. Exploration in Cancel Culture, J.K. Rowling, and Beyond, Mallory Whitson

Women in Business: Social Status Recognition, Prejudices, Power Usage, Challenges and Solutions, Xinwen Zhang

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

The Artistic Mother Tongue, Hannah Perkins

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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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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

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Stories from Elsewhere: A Novella, Andrew Crook

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