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 2018

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Community, Social Networks, and Support: The Case of Mexican Migrant Women in Boulder County, Lorena Aguilera Santana

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A Stable Isotopic Study of Gnamma Hydrology in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Johanne Albrigtsen

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The Muslim Other: An Analysis of American Filmic and Televisual Representations of Muslims and Arabs, Sahar Al-Nima

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The Effect of Corporate Female Leadership on Company Performance, Margaret Anderman

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Do Children Generate Labels to Support Proactive Control?, Cleo Andersen-Green

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Renegade Neoliberalism and Reactionary Politics: Donald Trump, Higher Education, and the Public Sphere, Emily Anderson

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Application of the Sandmeyer Reaction Towards Synthesis of SelectiveToll-like Receptor 7 & 8 Antagonists, Rachel Anderson

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An Analysis of Exams Using the Three Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol, Naomi Andre

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Tracking the lineage of transplanted satellite cells, Tai Arima

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“Tourism Gives an Image of the Mess”: The Relation Between Tourism and Local Society in Maranhão, Brazil, Julia Arthur

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Characterizing the interaction between the A-repeat region of Xist and SHARP, Torey Averick

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On the Military’s Normative Commitment to Assist in Revolution, Sebastian Awatramani

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Public participation in federal land management: A case study of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, S. C. Baker

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Coupling Light into Photonic-Crystal Waveguides, Randall Ball

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Here Comes the Sun: Constraining Russian Aggression and Ambition in the Arctic Through the Analysis of Structural Realism, Samantha B. Battey

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Does Chronotype Moderate the Relationship Between Time of Day and Performance in Human Anatomy Laboratory (IPHY3415)?, Amy Bazzoni

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POLLINATION ECOLOGY IN PENSTEMON: MECHANISMS OF REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION IN PENSTEMON VIRENS AND PENSTEMON SECUNDIFLORUS, Kelsey Beckrich

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Examining the Effects of Education on Financial Savings Behavior, Porter Bennett

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Evaluating the Strength Model and Willpower Beliefs Accounts of the Ego-Depletion Effect, Parker Benson

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From the Rhineland to Czechoslovakia: How the Policies of Appeasement in the British Government led to the Second World War, Tyler Berger

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A Fresh Coat of Paint on Evolution Education, Daniel Bergholz

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Interpretation of Hemes: A Human Metabolomic Serum Biomarker of Insufficient Sleep, Paul Bisesi

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Welcome to my backyard: A seven-part regional analysis of VOCs estimated emission levels from oil and natural gas extraction in Colorado., Samuel Blake

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#PrimatesAreNOTPets: The Role of Social Media in the Primate Pet Trade and Primate Conservation, Anna Bockhaus

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Reframing the Narrative: Urban Art, Civil Discourse, and #OptOutside, Natalie Bognanno

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Including People with Disabilities in American Religious Life: Christian Metaethical Accounts of Human and Disability Rights, Toby Bollig

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Scientific Revolution in the Development of the Rutherford-Bohr Model of the Atom, Toby Bollig

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Herat: The Key to India, The Individual Fears and Plans that Shaped the Defense of India During the Great Game, Trevor L. Borasio

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Narrating Preterition: Postsecularism, Analysis, and Gravity's Rainbow, Damian Borovsky

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Prebiotic diet modulates disruptions in sleep, core body temperature, and locomotor activity produced by circadian disruption, Brooke Bower

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Honey, We Killed the Bees: Effectiveness of U.S. Federal, State and Municipal Neonicotinoid Policies in Mitigating Managed Honey Bee Colony Loss, Rose Briggs

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Potential Synthesis Pathway for Redox-Active DNA Nucleoside, Nicole Broda

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The Effects of Poverty on Education in Colorado, Royce Brosseau

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Bitcoin and Ethereum: Empirical Evidence on Node Distribution, Keaton Brown

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The Effect of Occupation on Employment Outcomes for Displaced Workers, Leo Bruell

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Representational Effects of Campaign Spending in U.S. Congressional Primaries, Patrick Buhr

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The Advertising Network, Cody Butler

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Translational and Rotational Mobilities of Inclusions Near the Boundary of a Smectic Liquid Crystal Film, Ian Cadenhead

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The Effect of an External and Internal Focus of Attention on EMG, Acceleration and Dart Throwing with a Secondary Task, Cody Chen

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Modeling Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Neonatal Cardiomyocytes in Cultured in 3D, Esther Choi

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‘Shapes Overlapping Like Endless Venn Diagrams’ - An Exploration of Interpersonal Communication and Relationships while Directing Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, Elisabeth Anne Collins

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Understanding Colorado’s Wildland-Urban Interface: Assessing Risk Perception and Wildfire Mitigation in Post-Wildfire El Paso County, Peter Conti

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Faith, Physiography, and Fallacy: Understanding Stigmatization Towards Individuals with HIV and AIDS in Botswana, Arianna Rose Copito

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Measuring Progress: Methods of Success in Endangered Species Conservation Programs, Sofia Corley

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Ovariectomy in female rats increases pro-inflammatory cytokine expression in whole hippocampal tissue and isolated microglia, Renata Daniels

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Measuring Belonging and Connection to Schools Among Latino/a Parents, Annie Davis

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Faulkner’s “fierce, courageous being”: Narrative and Neuroscience in The Sound and the Fury, Anthony J. DeCamillis

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An Exploration of Commedia dell'Arte in Relation to Modern Western Pedagogies, Valerie Degroot

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Living in Fear: A Labeling Theory Perspective on Undocumented Latinx Workers, Jonathan Delgado

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Farm-at-Table, Kristopher Diaz

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Predictors of Body Image Dissatisfaction in Postpartum Women, Barbora Dolejsova

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The Academic Merit of Outdoor Education and Leadership Training for Undergraduate Environmental Studies Students: An Examination of the University of Colorado-Boulder and the National Outdoor Leadership School, William Downie

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Resistance to Roman Rule: Scottish Autonomy through Feminine Agency, Meghan Griffith Dulsky

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Environmental Mastery of the Biopolitical: Water and the Birth of the Modern al-Sabah State, Benjamin Elrod

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"I'm Not Much One to be Invisible": End-of-Life Spiritual Care for LGBTQ Elders, Tyler Fair

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Altering Parameters of CRISPR/Cas9 Mediated Genome Editing in Escherichia coli Helps Identify Sources of Variation in Editing Efficiency, Reilly G. Fankhauser

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Help Wanted? Examining Individual Support for Government Aid in Crises, Leigh Francia

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White Masculinity and the Navigation of Privilege: How White Men Attending College Both Use and Negate Privilege, Ethan Friedman-Brauner

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The Institutional Ramifications of American Interventionism: Examining the Short and Long-Term Effects of Foreign Political Interventions on Democratic Institutions, Ryan Galloway

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“Beauty Fled, and Empire Now No More” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Transimperial Femininity in the Turkish Embassy Letters (1716-1718), Rachael Gessert

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Bonds of Iron and Partisanship: The Use of Partisan Cues and Oppositional Projection in Consumption Behavior, Dareck Givliani

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ALK-EML4-Positive Cancers and Combination Therapy: Probing the Apoptotic Threshold, Teagan Glass

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College Student Drinking: The Role of University Identity, Alcohol Related Problems, and Harm Reduction Strategies, Preston Godkin

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Mindfulness in Children: Exploring Measures Beyond Self-Report, Corey Gomis

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Trajectory Measurements on the Colorado Dust Accelerator Using a Dual Dust Coordinate Sensor, William Goode

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The Impact of Third-Generation Biofuels Versus Fossil Fuels on Interstate and Intrastate Conflicts, Ursula Grunwald

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Water Pressures and Social Oppression: Social and Political Impacts of Smart Water Meter Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, Melissa Guckenberger

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An investigation into the efficacy of SVC112, a translation elongation inhibitor, in colorectal carcinoma and acute myeloid leukemia, Annika Gustafson

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Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Function in Muscle Stem Cells, Tashi Hackett

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Consumer Perceptions of Greenwashing: Understanding Awareness, Trust, and Effectiveness, Rachel Halverson

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External Negotiations, Internal Credibility: Investment Treaties and Autocratic Decision Making, Frank Hannigan

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Force and Deceit: The Creation of an Andean-Catholic Religion, Kaitlynn Harless

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Maternal Employment and Child Development, Stephanie Harris

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Liquid Crystal Phases of RNA Mononucleosides, Emily Hayden

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Levels of γ-Aminobutyric acid in the ventral lateral prefrontal cortex as a predictor of underdetermined selection ability, Rebecca Helmuth

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NO SOY GÜERO, SOY LATINO: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ‘WHITE-LOOKING LATINXS’, Efren Herrera Hurtado

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"We Want No Hatchet-Wielding Amazons:" The Feminism, Racism, and Nativism of the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, Nora Hickins

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A 4D Model of the Io Plasma Torus, Parker Hinton

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Understanding Abiotic and Biotic Mechanisms Associated with the Formation of Iron-Silicates like Low Fe(III) Greenalite in Banded Iron Formations, Isaac L. Hinz

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Luminance Detection Thresholds in Picasso Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus), Michelle Hollenkamp

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Effects of preimmunization with a heat-killed preparation of Mycobacterium vaccae on serotonin receptor subtype 1A expression: implications for stress resilience, Kaley Holmes

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Walking the High Ground: The Manned Orbiting Laboratory and the Age of the Air Force Astronauts, Will Holsclaw

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Addressing Climate Change Through a New Lens: A Case Study of the Sangamner Region of Western India, Keyle Horton

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Civic Stratification in Independent Candidacies: A typology of independent candidates to executive office in Mexico, Antonio Huizar

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Nicotine Administration and Withdrawal and its Effect on Sleep Latency, Relevant Sleep Variables, and Endogenous Corticosterone Levels in Mice, Vishnu Iyer

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Propriety, Duty, and Order: Gilbert and Sullivan and the Victorian Family Narrative, Durango Jenkins

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What Determines the Political Focus of Right-Wing Populist Parties in Europe? A Case Study of Norway and Switzerland, Michael Johnson

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Counter-Stereotypical Exemplars of Drug Users in Contemporary Media: How Humanizing Efforts in Film and TV Positively Affect Attitudes Towards Drug Users, Quyncc Johnson

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“I am also a Colorado Native”: A Perspective of Identity-Work in Conversation, Brittney Johnston

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You’ve Got a Friend in Things: Thing Theory and Consumerism in Children’s Films, Hannah Jorgensen

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Adaptive Evolution in the Interferon Response, Elena Judd

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Differential Associations between Rumination and Intelligence Subtypes, Zoe Karbin

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Loss of CD73 Shifts TGF-β1 from Tumor Suppressor to Tumor Promoter in Endometrial Cancer, Claire Kazen

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Transcriptional Characterization of Neuronal Cell Populations in Prairie Voles, Conor J. Kelly

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Flowering as a Reproductive Strategy of the Sexes of the Gynodioecious Silene acaulis, Grace Kendziorski

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Always Gay, Never Queer: An analysis of Will & Grace’s strategy for mainstream success, Bethany Keupp

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The Efficacy of Utilizing X-Ray Fluorescence Techniques in Quantifying Accumulation Rates of Trapped Material in Coral Cores from Belize, Conner Kingsley

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Design and Synthesis of Toll-Like Receptor 8 Inhibitors: Optimizing the Potential Drugs for Autoimmune Diseases, Kyoin Koo

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Decomposing the effect of color on memory: How red and blue affect memory differently, Erin Krahn

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Are perceived neighborhoods palimpsests? Analyzing self-defined neighborhoods in the context of historical redlining, Kai Kresek