Undergraduate Honors Theses

Undergraduate Honors Theses

 
Through the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, students can write and defend an honors thesis to graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with Latin honors: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.

For students whose disciplines are within the College of Arts and Sciences, successfully navigating the thesis process is the only way to graduate with Latin honors; we do not award Latin honors based solely on a student’s grade point average.

The honors thesis and defense are modeled directly after a master’s thesis and, depending on the discipline, the honors thesis process – including research, writing and the defense – can take six to eighteen months to complete. Only students who successfully defend their written thesis or creative work before a faculty committee can be considered for honors by the body of faculty known as the Honors Council.

Writing and defending a senior honors thesis is both rigorous and rewarding, and approximately five to seven percent of each year’s graduating class graduates having earned Latin honors through this process.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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"I Don't Want my Pain to be for Nothing": Sex Trafficking survivors on their Recovery and Reintegration Process, Stephen Abeyta

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Food Insecurity Among College Students: An Assessment of Prevalence and Solutions, Emilie Adamovic

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Two-Photon Polymerization of Soft Matter Composites, Yasser Albarakat

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The Combinatorial Geometry of Rook Polytopes, Aaron Allen

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A Mother's Influence: How a Mother with an Advanced Degree Impacts Various STEM Outcomes, Hannah Amundson

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The Effects of Abandoned Mines on Tree Health in Boulder Canyon, CO and an Analysis of Abandoned Mine Lands Mitigation Policies, Dakota Anderson

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Persistent Electrophysiological Identity of Neurons in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell, Joel Forrest Ayers

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Asymmetric Step Frequencies Increase the Metabolic Cost of Running, Eric N. Azua

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Cultural, Motivational, and Attentional Considerations in Predicting Propensity to Plan, Monique Baca

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The Lithuanian Balance: National Language Retention and Foreign Language Education in a Global Context, Bre Bailey

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Effects of Confronting Implicit Gender Stereotypes, Sierra Barnes

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Previous Inescapable Stress Interferes with the Immunization, but not the Acute, Effect of Later Escapable Stress, Kristi Bartholomay

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The Self-Study Testing Effect with Bidirectional Paired Associate Learning, Bernadette Barton

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Sentience-Towards a responsive and systems driven design process., Juliana Barton

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The Masculinity-Aggression Link: Increasing Aggressive Behavior through Priming Masculinity, Caleb P. Bay

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Vegetative Response to Long-Term Resource Manipulations in the Alpine Tundra, Evelyn Beaury

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Hall Basin and the Petermann Glacier, NW Greenland: A late Quaternary Provenance Glacial History, Blythe Befus

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RESTORATION AND NOVEL COMMUNITY STRUCTURE: INVESTIGATION OF A RESTORED PRAIRIE IN BOULDER, COLORADO, Marguerite Behringer

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Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Developed Nations: A Comparative Study, Eman Bensreiti

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Structural and in vitro study of the β-Barrel Assembly Machine in Gram negative bacteria, Hans Bergal

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Reimagining the Strong Female Character: On the Fantastic Journeys of Cinema’s Young Heroines, Taylor Berger

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Snow bedform growth as a function of wind speed and snow age, Clea Bertholet

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Overstating and Misjudging the Prospects of Civil War: The Ulster Volunteer Force and the Irish Volunteers in the Home Rule Crisis, 1912-1914, Julia Birgen

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Relations Between Developmental Transitions in Proactive Control and Self-Directed Speech, Marina Blum

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THE IMPACTS OF SOIL PROPERTIES ON MIXED CONIFER SEEDLING RECRUITMENT IN THE POST-FIRE ENVIRONMENT OF EASTERN OREGON, Leah Bollin

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A Nonexpert Introduction to Rational Homotopy Theory, Nicholas Boschert

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“Ten Dollars to Hate Somebody”: Hispanic Communities and the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado, 1917-1925, Nicoli R. Bowley

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Parent Report and Audio Recording Patterns in Bilingual Children Who Speak a Minority Language at Home, Angela Kathryn Brickman

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Western Shoshone Treaty Activism, US Indian Claims Law & Human Rights Violations, Nathan Brien

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Targeting the β4 subunit of nAChRs: miR-138 expressed in the medial habenula of male mice reduces nicotine consumption and preference, Connor Brown

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Through Their Own Eyes: The History of Slavery and the United States Civil War from Black Women's Perspectives, Alexander Buck

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Verb Bias and Plausibility in English Sentence Processing, Kendra Buck

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We Just Want to Do a Good Job with Them: A Multilevel Approach to Kindergarten Readiness, Amber Lee Bunner

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Transcription Factor p63 Directly Regulates Signaling Pathways Involved in Epidermal Fate Specification, Jeremy Burgmaier

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Partitioning India: Indian Muslim Nationalism and the Origin of the Muslim State (1800-1947), Sophie Buur

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Creating an ADHD World: An Exploration of Directing and Producing Distracted by Lisa Loomer, William Kristofer Buxton

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BURROWING HERBIVORE, PRECIPITATION, AND PLANT COMMUNITY EFFECTS ON INVASIVE GRASS GERMINATION, Graceanne Casto

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A Pound-Drever-Hall based Repetition Rate Stabilization Technique for Mode-locked Lasers, Liangyu Chen

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Mean Tweets: An Analysis of Average Negativity in the 2016 US Presidential Campaign, Aaron Chesler

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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbari: A Comparison of the Foreign Tribes in the Eastern and Western Empire of Ammianus Marcellinus, Michelle Cheung

Manufacturing Discrimination: A Quantitative Analysis of Felon Disenfranchisement Laws, Andrew Chiang

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Heroism in a Cynical Age: Tracing the Japanese Search for Communal Cohesion in the Postwar Period via the Samurai Figure in Film, Cameron Chorpenning

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Nuclear magnetic resonance line shape of 29Si in single-crystal silicon, Brooks Christensen

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Understanding the Effect of Empathy on Decision-Making Within Extremist Issues Framed Around the Exception for an Abortion in the Instance of Rape, Chandler Ciernia

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The Saint, the Sinner, and the Scot: Wycliffite Philosophy & Scottish Literature, 14th Century to the Present, Michael Cohen

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An Analysis of the Significance of Non-Normativity in the Works of Flannery O’Connor, Ellery Cohn

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Transboundary Integrated Conservation and Development Projects in Latin America: Exploring the Complexities of Stakeholder Participation, Sheamus Croke

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Holding the World Accountable: A Philosophical Analysis of the Refugee Crisis and the Moral Obligations of the Global Community, Katherine Cunliffe

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Wolves In The West: An Analysis of the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan and the Findings and Recommendations for Managing Wolves That Migrate Into Colorado, Michaela DaMato

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Roman Family Structure and Early Christianity: Deconstructing familial and gender norms through the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, James Danahey

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Connecting Freud, Dalí, and Rivera: An Exploration of José Rivera’s References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, Casey Jewel Dean

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The Effects of Governmental Programs on Dairy Production: An Analysis of the Modern Dairy Industry, Angela Deluca

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Inferring Telescope Polarization Properties Through Spectral Lines Without Linear Polarization, Alysa Derks

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Hawking Radiation with the WKB and Graviational WKB approximations, Tristan Dobrian

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Diamond Muon Monitors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, Kerrie Dochen

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Aqueous Phase Photochemistry of α-Keto Acids as a Function of pH, Michael Ryan Dooley

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Interpellating Mary Shelley into her Writing, Alexandra Doxas and Fiona Doxas

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Microclimate and Host Body Condition Influence Mite Population Size in a Bird-Ectoparasite System, William C. Dube

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The Effect of Resident Advisor Interactions on Resident Enrollment: Undergraduate Research from the University of Colorado Boulder, Nicholas Edwards

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The Limits of Cooperation: Social Conflict and the Collapse of the Democratic Party-Organized Labor Alliance, Isaac Effner

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Role of psr-1 C-terminal Domain in Mediating Apoptotic Cell Clearance, Ashuvinee Elangovan

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EFFECTS OF HOST PLANT AND DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE ON CATERPILLAR IMMUNE RESPONSE, Micaela Charlotte Enger

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MRI-Based Susceptibility Mapping for In-Vivo Iron and Blood Oximetry Measurements, Hannah Erdevig

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Children of the Maize: An Exploration of Drought, Warfare, Migration and Puebloan Philosophy in the Thirteenth Century Mesa Verde Region, Claudia M. Escue

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Transcultural Perspectives in Art History: Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, Mallory Evans

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Does Debt Help Managers? Using Cash Holdings to Explain Acquisition Returns, Michael Evans

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The Effects of Divided Government and Polarization on the Behavior of Federal Circuit Court Judges, Carolyn Exarhakis

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Evaluating Stressor Controllability Effects in Female Rats, Isabella Fallon

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No More Wire Hangers: Analyzing Abortion, On-screen Representation of Reproductive Rights, and The Leonine Archetype in Pro-Choice Cinema, Julia Ann Ferguson

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Designing for Environmental Stewardship in Formal and Non-Formal Learning, Olivia Flynn

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Dynamics of Mitotic Microtubules in Fission Yeast, Patrick Flynn

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The Effect of Stress, Time of Day and Adrenal Hormones on Bmal1, Per2 and C-Fos Expression in the Rat Hippocampus and Amygdala, Jeanelle France

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Is Insect Protein a Sustainable Alternative to Soy and Fishmeal in Poultry Feed?, Madeline Gaffigan

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Effect of Self-Affirmation on Self-Control in a Cheating Context, Emily Gavel

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Calling Adiona: Embracing the Innocence of 1980’s Hollywood Cinema, Jacob Glazier

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External Influences on Stability in Post-Civil War Democratization: Lebanon and Iraq, Colleen Godfrey

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Remediation of the Rocky Flats Plant: An Ethical Analysis, Paul Goepfert

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The Association of DCC mRNA Alternative Splicing with Colorectal Cancer, Natalie Graham

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The Price of a Pick: Examining the Efficiency of the NFL Draft Pick Market by Measuring the Elasticity of the Relationship Between Draft Pick Value and Player Performance, Joseph Grisso

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AN INVESTIGATION OF PALEO-WILDFIRES DURING THE CRETACEOUS-PALEOGENE (K-PG) BOUNDARY AT EL KEF, TUNISIA, Michael Gross

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Uncoupling the Dynamics of Inner and Outer Mitochondrial Membrane Fission, Samantha Gumbin

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Bathing in Bacteria: Mycobacteria Relative Abundance on Showerhead Biofilms, Robin G. Hacker-Cary

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Epithelial-Mesenchymal Crosstalk Influences Cancer-Related Cell Behavior: A 3D Lung Alveolus-Fibroblast Co-Culture System, Jessica Kole Hall

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What Drives Public Support for the European Court of Justice? An Evaluation of Court Legitimacy, National Sovereignty, and Democracy in Europe, Dakota Hamko

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The Ecocritical Carnivalesque of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra

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Laboratory simulation of solar wind interaction with a magnetic dipole field on lunar surface, Jia Han

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Europa Regina: The Effect of World War II on European Female Labor, Helen Harris

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Neuroanatomical Correlates of Anxiety and Depression Tripartite Dimensions in Adolescents, Lucas Hayne

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“Our Own Little Club”: Opportunities, Identity, and Relationships in a Youth Achievement Program, Johanna Heilman

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Intellectual Property Rights: A proxy to the continuous economic dependence of South American economies on the United States, Marissa Heimler

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Bridging the Gap: A Survey of Agricultural Producers, Water Managers, and Others Regarding Water Usage and Water Efficiency Perceptions., Jake Heins

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Going Solo: A Qualitative Comparison of Single Women in Japan and Colombia, Maya Heins

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Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy on Mouse Polyomavirus-Infected Fibroblasts, Christina Henderson

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A National Security Threat: Washington's Conflicting Response to Climate Change in Northern Pakistan, Katherine Henjum

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Cortical Neuroplasticity Across Auditory, Visual, and Somatosensory Modalities in Children with Cochlear Implants, Theresa Hennesy

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A Low-Cost Time-Lapse Imaging System Developed for Documentation of Human Pre-implantation Embryogenesis in Clinical IVF Settings, Christine E. Hennigan Miss

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Constraining the Timing of River Incision in the Upper Colorado Drainage Basin Using Apatite (U-Th)/He Thermochronology in the Elk Mountains, Western Colorado, Coleman Hiett

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Dynamic Modular Housing, Andrew S. Hoover Mr.

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Is Note-Taking More Effective with a Keyboard or a Pen?, Stacee M. Horwitz

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Synthesis of Tetracyclic Indolines as Resistance Modifying Agents for the Treatment of MRSA, Anna Jaunarajs