Honors Program Theses

 

The University Honors Program is an intellectually stimulating and socially nurturing community of students of exceptional academic achievement. 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. To go to the Honors Program page, click here.

From this page, you can browse our Honors Program Theses by academic department or by the year of completion Some theses and dissertations are not eligible for open access.

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Submissions from 2024

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Proportional Reasoning: Understanding Student Thinking with Direct and Inverse Proportions, Emma Marshall Open Access Honors Program Thesis

Submissions from 2023

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New Policy Opens Trade with India for Pork Producers in the U.S., Morgan Marie Aitchison Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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"Variety": A Look at Several Genres, Ryan Dean Carlin Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The Effects of Living On Campus Versus Off Campus on Student Engagement, Megan Carlson Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Her Story, Her Right: Narrative as a Basic Human Right, Karlee M. Colby Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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A Literature Review of the Connection Between Infant Early Intervention and Childhood Executive Functioning, Nola Miriam Conner Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Evaluation Of Methods To Analyze Microbial Composition In Soils, Joseph Correa Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The Horror of Darwinism: The Evolution of the Monster in Film and Popular Culture, Ava Deitrich Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Sinking Into My Skin: An Exploration of the Mind and Body Through Multigenre Creative Writing, Ana Elizabeth Eagan Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Language Development and Poverty: Considerations and Applications for Speech-Language Pathologists, Samantha Lynn Ehler Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2023 Award

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Monitoring Archaeal Persistence in Cultivation, Payton Hall Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Art Teaching and American Society: An Exploration of How Art Makes Us Think and Why America Needs It Right Now, Julie Marie Hammerand Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Competencies Acquired in the Psychology Major, Jake Harrington Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Exposure, Adaptation and Expectations: How They Affect Perception of Foreign Accented Speech, Isabella Huddleston Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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How Economic Distribution Impacts Human Rights on an International Level: A Case Study in Africa and the Balkans, Lindsey G. Ingraham Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Carpet Hell: A Backrooms Story, A Creative Exploration of The Backrooms and Liminal Space Horror, Christian Dean Jauron Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

The Power of Homeownership, Esha Sanjiv Jayswal Honors Program Thesis (Electronic Copy Not Available)

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The Sacrifice of Artistry for a Convenient Society, Riley Jermier Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Not ‘Real Rape’: Recognizing and Supporting Victims of Sexual Coercion, Chloe Johnson Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Diffusion of Carbon Nanoparticles Intercalated into Layered Materials, Madelyn Johnson Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Nature-Based Education: Expanding the Walls of the Classroom, Halle Louise Kilburg Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Investigation into a Potential DNA Polymerase of Thermomyces lanuginosus, Kameron J. Kruger Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The Effectiveness of Dry Cupping on Low Back Pain: A Validation Case Study, Sierra Kuhlers Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Data Ethics and the Dilemma Created by Turing's Learning Machines, Jacob Kuhn Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The Prevalence and Knowledge of Proper Treatment of People Living with Dementia in Physical Therapy, Eric Robert Melrose Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Common Creativity: Conversations with Artists and Nonartists, Will Nachazel Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Bioactive Secondary Metabolites in Cave Dwelling Fungi, Jade Nuehring Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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How Hypermasculinity and Rape Myth Acceptance (RMA) Relate to Rape Proclivity in College Males, Cora Lynn Patterson Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Exploring the Microbial Composition of Moonmilk in Wind Cave National Park, Emma Pellegrino Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Senatorial Behavior in Recent Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, Alex Perrin Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Better Solutions to Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Access: Giving Away Vaccines Rather than Vaccine Formulas, Tristen Prouse Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Neurodiversity and the Field of Speech Language Pathology: A Literary Review of the History, Common Practices, and Misconceptions, Wren Anne Repko Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Dose-Response Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Cognitive Function in Healthy Young Adults, Elizabeth Lizzy Lea Richardson Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Un-Swung Heroes: Highlighting Women Instrumentalists’ Contributions to Jazz Repertoire, Alayna Ringsby Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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A Snapshot of War: First World War Postcards from the Cedar Falls Historical Society, James Alexander Schmitt Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The Effect of Gibberellic Acid Concentration on Gentiana andrewsii Germination, Laura Spies Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The Impact of Exercise on Mental Health: The Use of Exercise as Prevention and Treatment for Mental Health Disorders, Abigail Stivers Open Access Honors Program Thesis

Reversing the Entry: Generation Z's Outlook on Accounting, Andrew Straube Honors Program Thesis (Electronic Copy Not Available)

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Alcohol: The Permitted Drug in Our Society, Madison TenHulzen Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Breaking the Marble Ceiling: The Construction of Athena in Greek Thought, Elizabeth Tulley Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2023 Award

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Secondary Traumatic Stress: Therapists’ Past Trauma and Workplace Interventions, Morgan Wickman Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Investigation of Unexpected Purple Substance Extracted from Newsprint Paper, Raquel Wilhelm Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Identification of a DNA Polymerase Alpha Gene Sequence in Thermomyces lanuginosus Fungus, Nathan Williams Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Admittance Processes in Gifted Education and Their Influence on Equity, Rachel Wohlgemuth Open Access Honors Program Thesis

Submissions from 2022

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Analysis of phylogenetic-based variation in enamel thickness in vertebrate teeth, Carly Jewel Baker Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Changes in brain oxygenation of rugby players before and after head trauma, Megan Benmore Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Assessing and meeting the mental health needs of student athletes - A case study of the University of Northern Iowa, Samantha Bennett Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Best practice for treatment and prevention of ankle sprains in ballet dancers, Sara Bergin Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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College-age students' attitudes toward essential oils, alternative medicines, and modern medicine, Taylor Nicole Brown Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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How exercise affects the musculoskeletal system in the biological sexes: A literature review, Lauren Connolly Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Selective mutism in immigrant children, Lauren Cummings Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The effects of acute aerobic exercise on motor cortex activation and piano performance, Maya Deuso Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Blough dairy farm comprehensive safety & training manual, Riley Elaine Elenz Open Access Honors Program Thesis

Graduate student knowledge and skill development in infant feeding: Effectiveness of high-emotion simulator training, Emmalee Fannon Honors Program Thesis (Electronic Copy Not Available)

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Water depth selection by Iowa wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) during seasonal activity periods, Jessica Haugen Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Young adult Holocaust literature: How is the Holocaust depicted and what is appropriate to teach?, Madison Hilbert Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Influence of the CPA credential on the life satisfaction of University of Northern Iowa accounting alumni, Derek Richard Koppes Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Communication in mass media surrounding public health crises: A comparative analysis, Megan Grace Kramer Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Optimization of micro-ct protocols for non-destructive identification of ligament ultrastructure in the zebrafish, Danio rerio, Spenser Jared Richard Larson Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Entering the field of scientific "edutainment", Rowan John McCarthy Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Developing methods to assess the role of Lumbricus terrestris on seed predation in prairie restoration, Jacey R. Meier Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Exploring high school students' perceptions post a social justice mathematics lesson, Emily Terrones Moore Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Weird critters: A visual narrative inspired by paleontology and teratology, Kate Murray Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Testing the efficiency of the NFL betting market, Ryan Earl Oswald Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Leveraging machine learning for detecting IoT-based interference in operational WiFi networks, Josh Pulse Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Social media recruitment and online propaganda by extremist groups, Megan Marie Robinson Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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It's possible: Creating an ability inclusive production approach for the musical Cinderella, Danielle Jean Schmaltz Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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"Descendant" or "The Children of Life:" Superhumans, not superheroes, Kellen Schmidt Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Soil organic carbon accumulation in restored native prairies over time, Samrin Shahnaz Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Animal adoption profiles: An application of the human-animal connection, Autumn Stowe Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Preservice teachers, antiracism, and racial literacy: Exploring current preservice teachers' definitions and perceptions of racism and antiracism within teacher education, Olivia Gabrielle Terrones Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Alexander the Great and Achilles: The origin of the connection between the Homeric hero and the king of Macedon, Katie Thessen Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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UNI Honors Program students' perceptions of gifted programming in k-12 education, Kylie Tinder Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The development of a photographic atlas of plant adaptations for pollination, Bethany Van Dusseldorp Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Addressing the accessibility gap in music: A review of the literature, Rachel Ann Vaughan Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Chromatography-mass spectroscopy analysis of Native American pottery for maple syrup residues, Alexis Wirtz Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Using color with care: An exploration of the application of psychological color theory within language classrooms, Mackenzie Wisneski Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The role of self-efficacy in pelvic floor physical therapy, Madison Marie Young Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

Submissions from 2021

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Theories and applications of blockchain, Matthew R. Barton Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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"It all just ends": Death attitudes across age, gender, and religion, Bekah Bass Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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My year with digital supremacists, Nick Baur Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Identification of fungi and their secondary metabolites from Wind Cave, Kyle Biscoglia Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Landscape genetics of Iowa's threatened black redhorse, Morganne C. Borsh Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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A critical examination of corporate ideology in educational policy and practice: The real cost, Grace Brady Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Art by intention and art by appropriation: "Authenticity," Western encounters, and ethics of collection and display of African art, Katelyn Nicole Brockmeyer Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Using sentiment analysis to find the public's opinion on Iowa's three state schools, Alexa Ryan Bullock Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Assessing the comfort level of speech-language pathologists in assessing and treating deaf and hard of hearing children, Kaitlyn Burkamper Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Midwest memoir: Cole Carolan, Cole James Carolan Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Methods and evaluation outcomes in speech, language, and hearing camps, Lindsey Paige Carter Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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What man artow?: An exploration of the narrator of the Canterbury tales, Kimberly Cavalier Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Bacillus bacteriophage Q11 may have a 5' covalently attached protein, Emily Cornelius Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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A review of the molecular mediators of host-baculovirus interactions in Lepidoptera, Olivia Crouse Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Spreading awareness and gaining donor support for UNI Dance Marathon, Hannah Marie Dash Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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GILTI regulations: The intended effects compared to the actual results, Carson Lee Ehrenberg Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Anti-communist politics of the Second Red Scare and how it affected Hollywood and the types of movies being made, Maddy Everson Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Creating synthetic analogs of fluorescent speleothems in Wind Cave as an astrobiological model cave, Teresa Feldman Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The search for life in extreme environments: Measuring diversity and quantity of Archaea in Wind Cave National Park, Nicole Geerdes Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Pre-service students understanding of professional roles, Anne Whalen Gradoville Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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"The Concord Concept:" Speculative fiction challenging young adult literature conventions, Dylan Lee Haase Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Made in China: Decline of unions and stagnant wages in the U.S., Witt Harberts Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2022 Award