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

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

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

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Farm-at-Table, Kristopher Diaz

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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Capital, Livelihoods, and Resilience: A Study of Farming Households in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, Alejandra Pedraza

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A Note on the Unconditional Bias of the Nadaraya-Watson Regression Estimator, Kellin Pelrine

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Prior voluntary wheel running prevents memory deficits and enhanced neuropathic pain presenting after morphine dosing ceases, Nathan Plattner

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The Effects of Experimental Habitat Fragmentation on the Generalist Predator, the Funnel-web Spider, Atrax sutherlandi., Rachel Rigden

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SYNTHESIS OF ASYMMETRICALLY SUBSTITUTED SCYLLO-INOSITOL, Jacob Rodriguez

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Infection patterns and pathology of the cymothoid parasite, Olencira praegustator, in its primary host the Atlantic menhaden, Dylan Rose

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Female Combatants in the Lord’s Resistance Army: Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Reintegration in Northern Uganda, Tess Rose

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The Global War on Drugs. Ideological Perversion & Representation., Hope Ruskaup

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Creating a Better Source of 118 nm Light, Benjamin Saarel

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Analysis of Non-SOV Transportation Programs and Contribution to a Socially Just Transportation System in Boulder, Colorado, Emily Schaldach

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HAIL HYDRA: Named Entity Resolution, Extraction, and Linking of Lexically Similar Names, Cora Schneck

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For Hate or Money; Causes of Support for President Trump and Conservatism, Geneiveve Schneider

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goddess of between, Drew Searchinger

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Sustainable Seafood: Improving Environmental Attitudes, Not Increasing Product Information, Can Lead to Greater Willingness to Pay, Panos Smyrnios

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The Effects of Internal and External Focus of Attention on Balance and Dart Throwing: A Dual Task Approach, Marisa A. Sobczak

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Understanding Gender Differences in Adult ADHD, Julia Squeri

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Trust and the wildland-urban interface: How residents use sensemaking to understand fuel treatments, Alyssa Stanbery

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Phase characterization of microtubule-motor active nematic liquid crystals, Garrek Stemo

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The Othering of Muslim Women by Western and Eastern Societies, Allegra Upton

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Suniva Trade Case Implications for International Trade and the United States Solar Boom, Jessica Vaughn

Hues and cues of voting behavior on ballot initiatives: Party affiliation and direct democracy in Colorado, Gabrielle Vermeire

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Fragments of identity: A Study of Ceramic Figurines from the Terminal Formative Period in the Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico, Rachael Wedemeyer

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Gas Cherenkov Muon Monitor for the DUNE Neutrino Oscillation Experiment, Max Weiner

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Declining and Aging Populations in Rural Japan: A Changing Environment, Brenna C. Wider

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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Fundamental Insight to Protect Ecosystems: Factors Influencing Residents' Acceptance of Land Conservation in Boulder, Colorado, Catherine A. Archer

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A Study of Threatened Juvenile Woolly Monkeys: An Assessment of Natural Rehabilitation of Juvenile Wooly Monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii) on Sumak Allpa Island, Ecuador, Paulina Arcuri

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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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Spinal cord injury disrupts circadian rhythms in rats, Emily Bateman

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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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A Statistical Analysis of Climate Variability and its Resulting Effects on Avalanche Occurrence in Gothic, Colorado, Nicholas Braun

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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