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 2019

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The Relationship Between Radial Gas Pressure Gradient and the Planetesimal Mass Distribution of a Protoplanetary Disk, Charles Abod

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Protective Patriotism and the Claiming of an American Identity; Analyzing the Memorial Landscape of Japanese American Internment in Colorado, Maria Abraas

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Diarrheal Diseases in Rural and Urban Uganda: Examining the Association Between Temperature and Rainfall Anomalies and Diarrheal Incidence, Quinn Adams

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Novel Approach to Synthesizing Sticky Ended DNA, Madison Adamthwaite

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Investigating Hydraulic Communication Between Wells During Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, USA, Alexis Ahlert

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Identifying Neuronal Populations Underlying Social Buffering, Kylia Ahuna

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Islamic State Financing Techniques, Henry Louis Allen

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Electrostatic surface charging and colloidal nanoparticle interaction in liquid crystal, Mahmoud Almansouri

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Party Politics in the Muslim World: The Nexus between Institutionalization and Agency in the Development of Islamist Parties, Khalifa Alqaz

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Numerical Simulations of Convection with a Horizontal Magnetic Field, Talal Al-Refae

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Renaming Blaxploitation by Looking at Today’s Film: Black Heroes, White Villains, and Trump’s America, Lauren Arnold

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Uncovering evolutionary changes in the mitochondrial genomes of lichenized fungi within the order Arthoniales, Dustin Bailey

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The Rehabilitative Nature of Drug Court, Samantha Barry

Experimental Observation for Ooid Nucleation on Quartz Grains, Christopher Benben

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The Effects of Immunization with Heat-killed Mycobacterium vaccae on Maternal Stress and Terbutaline Induced Changes in Microglial Density, Allison Bernier

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Earning a Higher Celery: A Participatory Impact Assessment of the Nabasunga Primary School Garden, Anika Bernstein

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Melatonin Has Limited Effects on Tumor Regression, Quality of Life, and Treatment Side Effects in Advanced Cancer Patients with Solid Neoplasms, Ava Berrier

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There is no “I” in “Land”: Religion, Protest, and Resistance through Music at Standing Rock and the TMT Protest, Gina Blum

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When Do Imposed Delays Help Children’s Inhibitory Control? Effects of Stimulus Visibility in Day-Night Stroop, Taisa Boguslavsky

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Kinematics of Tau Lepton Decays, Aidan Bohenick

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Characterization of the HPG Axis with a Deficiency of FGFR1, Rebecca Bolen

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Exploration of Hair Cortisol Concentrations and Implications of Stress in Hunting Dogs on the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, Nicaragua, Grace Bowland

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REMPD Spectroscopy of ThF+ and A Modular Delayed Self-Heterodyne Interferometer, Kevin Boyce

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Urban Green Space and Health in the U.S.: The role of green policy in improving public health outcomes, Anna Boylan

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Examination of Time-of-Day Differences in Fear-Related Memory Behavior in Male and Female Rats, Nicholas Brennan

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Carbon Isotope Fractionation by Cyanobacteria under light-limiting conditions, Kunmanee Bubphamanee

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Mindfulness as a Buffer of the Associations between Stress, Neuroticism, and Relationship Satisfaction in Partnered College Students, Lauren A. Buchanan

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Boulder at the (Tree) Top: Considerations for the Future of Our Urban Canopy, Natalie Buchholz

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The Effect of Cycling Shoes and the Shoe-Pedal Interface on Maximal Mechanical Power Output in Bicycling, Andrew Burns

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Developing Novel Methods to Investigate Real-Time in Vivo Dopamine Dynamics in the Monogamous Prairie Vole, Emma Burt

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Life Cycle Assessment Comparison of the Conventional Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Versus the New, Potentially Revolutionary, Perovskite Solar Cell, Taylor Camp

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Bacterial Lipids in Holocene Sediments from Baffin Island: Insights into temperature reconstructions in Arctic Environments, Lucy Camuti

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What Unites the States? Examining Modernity and American Nationhood Through the Eyes of The European New Right, Sara Canetto

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Synesthesia as an Intervention to Modify Children’s Access to Enhanced Learning and Memory, Janelle Salazar Chapman

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Comparative Analysis of DNA Isolation Methods for the Human Microbiome, Hannah Chatwin

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Analysis of Food Insecurity Solutions and Evaluation Methods on Colorado Campuses, Nicole Cheng

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Multi-Object-Plane Phase Retrieval for Plasma Density Profile Reconstruction, Xiang Chen

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"This Ain't Odysseus' Odyssey": The Radical Inclusion of Disability in Rick Riordan’s Fantasy Novels, Sydney M. Chinowsky

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Targeting Fat Talk Frequency: Changes Associated with Participation in the Body Project, Isabella Conte

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Radicalization Theory: An Imminent Threat, Ian Corbett

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Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Like Behavior in Female Rats Using a Model of Maternal Stress and Terbutaline, Taylor Crist

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Drowning Identity, Natalie Dagan

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Crashing waves: Policies and Opportunities in the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Hannah Daniel

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Automated Motion of a Radiation Source for Testing Micromegas Detectors & Modeling QGP Flow Coefficients Using a Particle Transport Model, Karoline Dapprich

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Love at First Like: How social media is changing contemporary romance and communication on college campuses, Gillian Davenport

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Predicting Persisters: Investigating Gene Regulation in Persister Cells, Sowmya Dhanwada

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'Cattle-free by '93': Evaluating the impacts of environmental activism against public lands ranching in the American West, 25 years later, Cloe C. Dickson

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Sound Against Sense, Kelmen J. Dindinger

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Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands: Social Workers and Adoption Practices in United States Maternity Homes, Cecilia English Donovan

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Inseparable: Crafting a Revisionist Musical, Jackson Dorfman

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Development of Laparotomy as an Animal Model for Post-Operative Pain Enhancement by Morphine, Renee Dreher

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Diffusion Tensor Imaging: In Vivo White Matter Structural and Connectivity Evaluation of Glioma Pathophysiology for Future Clinical Application, Shawn D'souza

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Understanding the Role of MCTP2 in Organelle Dynamics, Laura Dunn

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Upholding Civic Doody: Environmental Awareness Explains Pro-Environmental Behavior in the Context of Dog Waste Disposal, Kathleen Ebinger

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Names Tell a Story: The Alteration of Student Names at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1890, Liliana Elliott

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Lifestyle Choices, Environmental Conditions, and Social Issues: A Literature Review, Mercell Enayat

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Gilded Realities: The Political Art of Framing Immigrants, Rachel Ensign

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Individual Differences in Working Memory Updating: Examining the Effects of Worry and Repetitive Negative Thinking, Christopher Epp

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Women's Protest in Mexico: Investigating Performative Tactics and Cultural Conceptions of Gender, Bonnie Evans

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Heteronormativity and Its Impacts on the Identities and Life Experiences of LGBQ Individuals, Fossy Evenson

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Class V Sustainability: An Analysis of Food Waste on Outfitted River Rafting Trips, Joseph Filmanowicz

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Effector Stability as a Determinant for Secretion by the Type Three Secretion System, Morgan Fink

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Local Holographic Superconductors and Hovering Black Holes, Atakan Hilmi Firat

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Elucidating the Dynamics of Telomerase Recruitment to Telomeres and PRC2 Recruitment to Chromatin Using Single-Molecule, Live-Cell Imaging, Kyla Foster

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The Role of Dehumanization in Shaping Attitudes about Undocumented Immigrants, Cassidy Francies

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Induction of Nontrivial Supercharacter Theories for Finite Groups, Jesse Franklin

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Induction of Nontrivial Supercharacter Theories for Finite Groups, Jesse Franklin

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Body Mass Index and Earnings: A Fixed Effects Approach, James Freeman

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Explaining Attitudes towards the U.S. in Latin America, Lilith Gamer

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Transdisciplinarity from Marginal Spaces: Unsettling Epistemic Erasure of Critical and Decolonial Scholars, Adan Garcia

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Asymmetries in the Martian Polar Seasonal Caps, Carlos E. Gary Bicas

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Methods to Detect Habitable Atmospheres on the Terrestrial Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 e, Dylan Gatlin

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Reducing Energy Waste via Occupant Behavior: The Role of the Individual in Climate Change Solutions, Daphne Gervais

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Evolution of gene regulation in association with the origin of armor in stickleback fishes, Hannah Ghasemi and David Stock

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Leveraging for Peace: The Role of Mediators and International Organizations in Managing Interstate Wars, Danilo Gjukovikj

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Queering Suicide: Complicated Discourses, Compiled Deviances, and Communal Directives Surrounding LGBTQIA+ Intentional Self-Initiated Death, G. Gregory

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Climate Underground: The Effects of Climate Variability on Groundwater Irrigation, Monica Gronseth

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They All Look the Same to Me: Exploring the Cross-Race Deficit and the Perceptual Learning Hypothesis, Christina Guarino

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A HEDONIC ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE 2017 FIRESTONE EXPLOSION ON THE EFFECT OF WELLS ON HOME VALUES IN BOULDER COUNTY, Jason Habib

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Liability, Responsibility, and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: The Problematic Implications of United Nations Discourse for Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Personnel, Mallory C. Hale

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“Check the Box”: Asian-White Biracial Identity among University Age Students, Hannah Brooke Hallenbeck

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Interpretation of high frequency climate signals in Antarctic ice cores, Wyatt Hansen

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Fire Flower: The Magic of the Narrative Space, Andrea Hart

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Painful yet Tolerable? The Effects of Oxytocin Administration on Social Influence Effects on Pain, Nicolas Harting

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Effect of Quinolizidine Alkaloid Consumption and Seed Feeding Behavior on Caterpillar Growth, Hannah Hartung

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Amplifying Voices: Social Media and Indigenous Political Movements, Nicholas Harvey

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Comparative analysis of prairie dog colony spatial structure, Elizabeth Hasan

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belief hydration, Samuel Hebner

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The Medicaid Expansion and Cost-Sharing Requirements, Trevor Heinrichs

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Deconstructing White "American" Perceptions on Immigrants of Latinx Heritage, Caroline Heinze

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Trauma and Religiosity, Abdullah Helal

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Benefits of Large, Medium, and Small Grain Instruction for English-Speaking Adults Learning to Read Hangul, Emily Heneman and Christine Brennan

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Buried Before, Devan Herbert

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Using citizen science to approach invasive species: a case study of an Early Detection and Rapid Response invasion program in the National Park Service, Parker Hopkins

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Resisting Feminicide in Mexico through Policy, Performance, and Research, Hattie Houser

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Dominance and Deference: The Inability to Coexist As Expressed by Conrad and Orwell, Kyle Houseworth

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Finding Meaning For Food Deserts: Food Retail Establishments in Colorado Counties, Brianna Huynh

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Factorization of Ideals in Algebraic Number Theory and the Montes Algorithm, Ryan Ibarra

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SNX3 Plays a Regulatory Role in TFRC Trafficking in Mus musculus, Kevyn Jackson

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Hurricane Irma Deposits on a Modern Carbonate Platform, Sarah Jamison-todd