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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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 Perseverance, Erin E. McNully

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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

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Equitable Education for Haiti, Breanna Parker

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

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The Artistic Mother Tongue, Hannah Perkins

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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

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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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Making the Bible Modern: How I Created a Retelling of the Good Samaritan, Laura Beth Warner

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Honokoil Treatment on Glioblastoma Cells, Julianne Weaver

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

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

Theses from 2020

Identification and Characterization of miRNA Networks in the Pathogenesis of Lymphatic Malformations, Hayden Bowman and Graham Strub

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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

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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

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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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Pharmacy: The Backbone of Healthcare, Jordan Raye Myers

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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

The Effect of Alpha-Toxin on the Formation of Biofilm by Staphylococcus Aureus Species, Allison Studdard and Mark E. Hart

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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