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

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

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Tracking the lineage of transplanted satellite cells, Tai Arima

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

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

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

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

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Emergence of New Metabolic Pathways in Escherichia Coli, Michael Kristofich

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Exclusion in the Great Outdoors: Masculinity, Misogyny, Whiteness, and Racism in the Environmental Movement and at Philmont Scout Ranch, Yvonne Krumrey

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Model-Based Learning in Children and the Role of Proactive Control, Jennifer Ladouceur

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Native Perception of the Yucca’n Nuclear Waste Conversation, L. Lenard

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The Impact of Noxious and Carcinogenic Pollutants in Adams County Colorado, Ahnika Leroy

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Deal Breaker: How Tariff Barriers Affect Cross-Border Mergers And Acquisitions, Heberto Limas-dominguez

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Digital Improvements to an Ultracold Bose Gas Apparatus, Carlos Lopez-abadia

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Publicly Available Information on the Private Military and NGO Relationship: A Case Study, Kayla Malcy

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Modeling Landscape Evolution of the Tweed Caldera Drainage Basin Under Different Climatic Scenarios Through the 26th Century, Kyle Manley

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Perceptions of Intimate Partner Abuse among Chinese Residents and Immigrants Living in the U.S., Haley March

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National Competent Authorities as the Reference Member State: Understanding the Variables Affecting their Regulatory Decisions, Christian Martin

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The Art of Dealing with the Gods: Balinese Women and Ritual Labor, Emily Martin

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Zircon U-Pb and (U-Th)/He thermochronology of the Santa Impact Crater (New Mexico, USA): evidence for a Paleozoic asteroid breakup?, Rayssa Martins Pimentel

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Indian American Representation From Ansari to Lahiri, Lauren Massie

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An Awakening in Sweden: Contemporary Discourses of Swedish Cultural and National Identity, Kaitlin Elizabeth May

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Creation and Collapse: The British Indian Empire in Mesopotamia Before and After World War I, Austin Mccleery

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The Coincident Coherence of Extreme Doppler Velocity Events with p-mode Patches in the Solar Photosphere, Rachel Mcclure

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Sublimate: a Kinesthetic Study in the Fear of Death, Mattie McGarey

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Visceral, Teetering, and Imperfect - Three Generations of Partisans; Three Generations of Gay and Lesbian Americans, John Mcinerney

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Elusive Ego Depletion: Limited Resource or Mindset?, Marjorie Mcintyre

The Threat of Low-Cost Competition as a Driver of Airline Alliance Formation, Emma McLaughlin

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Navigating a Hispanic-American Ethnic Identity at a Predominantly White University, Alexandra Mejia

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Your Catch of the Day Could be Your Catch Next Week: Angler's Interactions with the Trout Populations of Northeast Colorado, Melissa Merritt

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Perceptions regarding finger injuries and safe training practices in elite, adolescent rock climbers, Rachel Meyers

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Automaticity of Digital Accessibility in Memorization, Kyler Miller

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Validating the use of DREADDs in the study of the Paraventricular Thalamus (PVT) and its role as in interface of circadian information, Luke Millisor

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Potassium Doped Polyphenyls as a Potential High Temperature Organic Superconductor, Taylor Moon

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Nonadiabatic Multielectron Dynamics in Interaction of Molecules with Intense Laser Pulses, andres f. mora

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The Notorious Captain Jack Mill and the Curse It Left Behind, Raven Moreland

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Accelerated Adulthood: Narratives of Children of Divorce Growing up Faster, Kaycee Morgan

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The Relationship between the September 2017 Space Weather Event and the Crustal Magnetic Field of Mars, Camella-Rosa C. Nasr

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Effects of Adolescent Caffeine Consumption on Impulsivity Control during Adulthood, Maria Jose Navarro

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Uncovering the Hidden Narratives of the Coping Mechanisms used by Families of Homicide Victims, Kylie Ngu

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Energy Storage and Power Grid Reliability: Evidence from U.S. Electric Utilities, Virgil Nunan

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Toxoplasma gondii: Antibody Prevalence and Risk Factors in CU Boulder Students, Audrey Oweimrin

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Democracy in Crisis? The Effectiveness of Framing Upon Willingness to Tolerate Hate Speech, Bailey Parker

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The Effects of Natural Resource Rents on FDI Inflows, Rodrigo Paton Micale

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Satisfaction Among College Graduates: Occupational Effects on Satisfaction, Cameron Payseno