Honors Program Theses

 

This collection contains Honors Program Theses written by undergraduate students in the Department of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa.

Every honors student has the opportunity to complete undergraduate research during their time at UNI by writing a thesis. Students work with faculty members in their major or area of interest to develop and conduct a study during either their Junior or Senior year.

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Submissions from 2016

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Excess folic acid as a potential competitor of glutamate may interfere with neural development, Benjamin Fick

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The effect of rearing temperature on somite formation and skeletal development in the zebrafish, Danio rerio, Sarah Jean Freeland

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Valproic acid activates hyperactivity in cultured neurons: possible support for overconnectivity hypothesis of autism, Alexis McGinley

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Testing for modularity in the axial skeleton of fishes, Emily Meier

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Visualizing interactions between Bacillus anthracis bacteriophages and macrophages, Abigail Shew

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Morphometric analysis of simple, lobed, and compound leaf development in the genus Ampelopsis (Vitaceae), Austin Joseph Voves

Submissions from 2015

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Primer efficacy in the DNA barcoding of spiders, Rhennetta Jo Bork

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The effects of hibernation on the hemostatic properties of the American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, Kiana Cullinan

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Analysis of Ipomoea (morning glory) leaf mutants, Abigail Anne Lee

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Functional analysis of drought-resistant genes in barley using VIGS, Natalie Catherine Martin

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The analysis of diruthenium compounds on human cells as potential chemotherapeutic agents, Elizabeth McCulloch

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The future of restorative dental care, Carl Reitz

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Effects of ATP and ATP inhibitors on the P2X7 receptor, Holly Marie Salzbrenner

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Analysis of protein expression for potential biomarkers in human pancreatic tumor cell lines, Jade Ashley Simpson

Submissions from 2014

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The genetics of bipolar disorder, Laura Cross

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The effects of hypergravity on development of the heart and behavior of Xenopus laevis, Stacey Howes

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Using seed recovery methods to determine causes of failed germination in native prairie species, Paige Leytem

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Analysis of the canola lip mutant, Matthew Rafferty

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A preliminary systematic analysis of the species of genus Physaria (Brassicaceae) of Wyoming, Kayla Rethwisch

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The role of KNOX genes during simple and compound leaf development in the genus Ampelopsis (Vitaceae), Allie Marie Simpson

Submissions from 2013

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Comparative phylogeography of species across the Mississippi embayment, Matthew James Samec

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Relationships between habitat preference and population size of the declining longnose dace, Erica Anne Scullin

Submissions from 2011

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Factors controlling hop flowering and their potential and their potential for use in the brewing and pharmaceutical industries, Margaret Nicole Crain

Submissions from 2010

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Formation of the neural tube epithelium basement membrane during secondary neurulation in the chick embryo, Leslie Ann Mataya

Submissions from 2009

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A light unto our path: Toward a mutual understanding of fundamentalist Christianity and science, Kassidy K. Lyons