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

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Ir Kenen Heren Mikh?: The Dawn of Yiddish Radio in New York City, Alexis B. Aaeng

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Tribal Housing on The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Marissa L. Ahern

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Some Kind of Paradise, Udval Altangerel

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Comorbidity between Alzheimer’s Disease and Seizure Episodes, Maryam Amini

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Assessing Collateral Damage: Interaction among native thistles and the introduced biological control agent Rhinocyllus conicus in the Colorado Front Range, Zach Amir

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How biotic interactions between Daphnia magna and Vorticella alter the ability of Daphnia magna to respond to abiotic changes, Elizabeth A. Angell

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Modified DNA Aptamer Affinity Reagents for the Detection of Protein Tuberculosis Biomarkers in Urine, Ayathi Apostolopoulos

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Effect of Withdrawal from Chronic Adolescent Caffeine Consumption on Anxiety Behaviors and the Serotonin System, Solana Archuleta

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Compensatory mechanisms for GnRH production in Fgf8-deficient mice, Alexa Ary

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Measuring Consumers’ Willingness-to-Pay to Avoid Disruptive Advertising in Smartphone Applications, Kristina Avery

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The effects of political framing: who is a “refugee?”, Giulia Barnhisel

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Tribal Gaming in American Indian Pueblos: Environmental and Economic Development Using Culture as an Indicator of Success, Sara M. Barudin

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Application of the Split GFP system to Listeria monocytogenes to visualize the virulence factor InlC, Dilara Batan

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A Comparison Between Mass Balance of the Taku and Lemon Creek Glaciers Derived from Glaciological Methods and GRACE, Danielle Beaty

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Warrior Bishops: The Development of the Fighting Clergy under the Ottonians in the Tenth Century, Jordan N. Becker

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Creating Place: Activist Intellectuals in Boulder, Colorado, 1959 to 1967, adam bell

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The Inefficacious Electorate: Political Powerlessness and Vote Choice, Ryan W. Bell

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Eating Disorders in Athletes: The Role of Coaches in Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery, Lauren Bennett

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Equal Representation for Women: Why it is Unjust for Men to Represent the Majority in Government When Writing and Passing Legislation Regarding Women's Reproductive Rights, arielle berne

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Neoliberalism and the Environmental Movement: Contemporary Considerations for the Counter Hegemonic Struggle, Austen K. Bernier

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“You Don’t Want to Seem More Into the Conversation”: Texting Identity, Conflict, and Maintenance in Early Romantic Relationships, Alexis Berusch

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Developmental Transitions in Private Speech: Implications for Real World Executive Function, Morgan Blaker

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The Achaemenid Satrapy of Armenia, Salpi Bocchieriyan

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Leading on Energy Policy: The Growth of Renewable Portfolio Standards on the State Level, Spencer Borison

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Characterizing the Dynamic Properties of Toron-Umbilic Pairs, Timothy J. Boyle

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Sex Differences in the Efficacy of Combined IL-10 and IL-10R1 Gene Therapy for Neuropathic Pain in Mice, J Logan Brock

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The Effects of Interactive Screen Media and Desirable Difficulty on Word Learning in Young Children, Hayley D. Brown

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The Instrumental Effect of Cultural Conservation on Pro-environmental Behavior in the Squam Lakes Watershed, Kelly Buchanan

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Wildfire, Climate and Species Distribution: Possible Futures of the Rocky Mountain White Fir (A. concolor var. concolor) in Colorado and New Mexico, Mollie K. Buckland

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EFFECTS OF ELEVATED ATMOSPHERIC CO2 ON MATURE PLANT RESPONSES IN A NATIVE AUSTRALIAN EUCALYPTUS FOREST (EUCFACE), Kayla AH Carey

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The Advantage of Wealth: How partisan success is affected by rising income inequality in the United States, Aaron Carpenter

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Disordered Eating and Exercise Behaviors During University Transition, Carly R. Carrasco-Wyant

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Bathing in Modernity: Undressing the Influences Behind Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt's Baigneuses, Maiji Castro

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The Metroac Cult: Foreign or Roman?, Cathryn Caveney

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Climate, Adventure, and Colorado: Analyzing the effects of climate change on adventure tourism in Colorado, with a case study on Rocky Mountain National Park, Aaron Charney

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Variability of Nanopore Systems In The Lincoln Limestone, Denver-Julesburg Basin, Colorado, USA, Brandon Chase

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The Effects of State-Level Employment Nondiscrimination Policies on Income, Christina J. Chase

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Understanding Sibling Influences: The Effects of Number and Sex of Siblings on Educational Outcomes, Manna Chen

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An Evaluation of Antibiotic Resistance: Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Tetracyclic Indolines as A Novel Class of Resistance-Modifying Agents for MRSA & Analysis of Recent FDA Regulations on Antibiotic Use in Livestock, Lakota K. Cleaver

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Design and Characterization of a New Pulsed Molecular-Beam Valve, Ian W. Collett

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The Dark Side of Compassion, Rebecca Combest

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Stability of ESCRT III Snf7 Polymer Influenced by: Bro1 and Vps2/Vps24, Troy K. Coody III

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Endoplasmic Reticulum Area Expands Upon Onset of the Unfolded Protein Response, Katelyn Camille Cook

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Aid Strings Attached—Disaster Burden Relieved: An Ethical Analysis of Conditionally Providing Foreign Natural Disaster Aid In Order To Increase Climate Change Resilience, John Cortner

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SURFACE WATER GEOCHEMISTRY AND STRONTIUM CHARACTERISTICS OF COLORADO CREEKS, Natalie P. Cristo

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Fuel Reduction Treatment Effects on Soil in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands, Hannah Cruz

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Exploring the Ideological Shift of Japanese Feminine Language: Sentence-Final Particle wa in Sailor Moon, Alexandra Damalas

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The Consumption of Lionfish as a Control of an Invasive Species in Bermuda, Alaire Davis

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Adaptive Optics-Assisted Integral Field Spectroscopy of NGC 5506, Brian Davis

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Application of DTW Barycenter Averaging to Finding EEG Consensus Sequences, Levi C. Davis

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Unifying the Conscious Self Through Internalist Reflection on First-Person Memories, Evan J. Dedolph

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Gendered Citizenship and the Sectarian Public Sphere: Women and Civic Space in Lebanon, Ellysse V. Dick

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With or Without You: Studying the Requirement of p53 for Anti-Cancer Responses to Nuclear Export Inhibitors, Andrea E. Doak

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Grammar of Zị́r, Amiawatoa Downey

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Bias-Motivated Incidents and Racial & Ethnic Attrition: Relating the Prevalence of Racially-Motivated Hate Crimes to the Reported Identity of Americans, Cassandra Duchan

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Best Practices for Including Students with Autism, Disabilities, and Special Needs in Environmental Education, Andrea M. Dumais

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Cultural Assimilation and Health Disparity: Measuring the Outcomes of Interracial Marriages for American Indians, Alexandra B. Eagle

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Characterization of Novel Compounds that Inhibit Intracellular Salmonella Growth, Madeline Edwards

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A Quantitative and Behavioral Analysis of Sustainable Behavioral Interventions within the Residential Sector: With a Specific Look at the University of Colorado-Boulder SCORE Program, Sarah Egener

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Understanding the Mechanisms by which E. coli can Adapt to Disruption of the Pathway for the Synthesis of Pyridoxal-5’-phosphate, Matthew Egleston

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Life Happiness of Women through Exercise Intervention, Alida R. Eide

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Black Republicans: A Minority within a Minority, Scout D. Ennis

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What Are You Going to Do With That Degree?: How Communication Majors’ Report and Perform Identity Talk, Madeline J. Feeney

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Active 2D Microrheological Studies in Freely-Suspended Smectic Liquid Crystal Films, Kyle R. Ferguson

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Forging the Pacific: Peruvian-Japanese Diplomacy, Migration, and Empire, 1918-1930, Evan J. Fernandez

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Comparing body size of the sand tiger shark Striatolamia macrota from Eocene localities in the Eureka Sound Formation, Banks Island, northern Canada, and the Tuscahoma Formation, Meridian, Mississippi, Dina M. Fieman

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The Association between Adolescent Marijuana Use and Early Adulthood Depression, Madeline L. Fritz

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Titania: The Technical Process of Bringing a Costume to Life, Alyssa Gallotte

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Migrate, Mutate, or Die: The effects of the lake trout introduction in Yellowstone Lake on populations outside the aquatic A Meta-Analytic Study, Sarah Gandhi-Besbes

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Sentence Repetition in Sequential Bilingual Preschool Children, Elizabeth B. Gangware

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From Small Towns to Large Cities: A Comparative Study Looking at the Factors Affecting Homicide Clearance Rates in Two Types of Colorado Geographic Areas, jillian b. ganley

Synaptogyrin 3 Binds Amyloid Beta and May Alter Dopamine Transport in Alzheimer’s Disease, William Gierach

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Changing Flood Intensities in California: Examination of Changing Annual Peak Flow Magnitudes in the Northern Coastal Region, Sierra Nevada Mountain Region, and the Southern Coastal Region, CA., Natalie J. Gillard

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La conciencia fonémica en el modelo educativo del lenguaje dual (Español-Inglés), Veronica M. Gonzalez

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Surface chlorophyll variability in the Drake Passage region of the Southern Ocean, Joseph C. Gradone

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The Co-Use of Methamphetamine and Alcohol: Behavioral and Neurobiological Effects, Emilee M. Greager Ms

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Iceland's Environmental Saga: Motivations for Sustainable Action and Belief, Katharine V. Gregory

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Analyzing heterogeneous landscapes to reveal ecological processes: the spatial modeling of forest-meadow ecotones using aerial photography, Emily K. Gulick

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The Effect of Infrastructure on Growth in Continental Europe, Jacek Hamielec

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Boundary effects in Van der Waals materials, Daniel Hammerland

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From King’s African Rifles to Kenya Rifles: The Decolonization and Transition of an African Army, 1960-1970, Christian A. Harrison

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Ecological Problem Solving: A Comparative Study of Primate Conservation, Ian Harryman

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Methylation of the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Gene in Alcohol Use Disorder, Timothy B. Helmuth

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On Language, Art, and Intuitions, Jack Hernandez

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More than the Physical: Running as a Spiritual Experience, Bailey Hilty

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A||A Adorno and Augustine; Parallel Conceptions of Alienation and the Self, Lukas Hoffman

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A Shift in Louisiana Salt Marsh Microbial Communities Reflecting Changes in Salinity and Biogeochemical Parameters, Haley Holladay

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The American Space Exploration Narrative: Evolution of Space Exploration in the United States from the Cold War to Today, Dora Holland

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Genetic inference of population dynamics in the American pika: Identifying appropriate scales of inference within a region of declining survival, Spencer R. Holtz

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Stimulating Coherent Phonons in CaFe2As2 With Laser, Yongyang Huang

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A Comparison Between Monsters in Victorian Gothicism and Modern Dystopian Fiction: The Fear of Godlessness in Dracula, Frankenstein, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Fear of Loss of Humanity in 1984, The Host, and Divergent, Rachel M. Hultquist Ms

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Europe's New Generation of Nationalists: Understanding the Appeal of Contemporary Radical Nationalism for European Youth, Madeliene Ingino

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Approximately Men, Daniel N. Jackson

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Diamonds as Potential Particle Detectors, Samuel Jahn

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Maternal Positioning in the Second Stage of Labor and Incidence of Spontaneous Perineal Trauma: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, Aimee R. Jakeman

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Dust & Blood: Famine and Fertility in the Age of Akhenaten, Alyssa Grace James

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Using Penalized Regression to Uncover Peer Effects in the Spatial Autoregressive Model, Pawel Janas

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Negotiating Masculinity in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, Marley Jeranko

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Novel Behavioral Measure of Specific and Diversive Curiosity and its Correlation to Academic Performance, Religiousness, and Political Interest and Affiliation, Kelilani Johnson