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 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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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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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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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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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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The effects of fluoride on macrophage THP-1 cell apoptosis, Jessica Heims Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Traditional media marketing and the Panther marching band, Adam James Herzog Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Phonology and fluency: How pronunciation is (and is not) taught in United States ESL classrooms, Nik Hucke Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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On beauty: Ancient perceptions of beauty from classical Greece to Imperial Rome, Maya Jess Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Possessive structures and genitive case: Spanish and English compared, Elizabeth Kelsey Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Ministry matters: A study of the relationship between campus ministry and socialization, Rachel Jean Kitrell Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Identifying Spanish-English cognates as intervention targets for speech sound disorders with bilingual children, Janessa A. Klein Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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A student tubist's guide to doubling on bass trombone, Donovan Klutho Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The idolization of Ada Lovelace and its necessity, Autumn Lauen Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Multicultural education and attitudes towards immigrant groups in the United States, Anika Marie Lillegard-Bouton Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The effect of proximal carceral contact on political participation, Emily Loomis Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Understanding the lived experiences of Asian American transracial adoptees in college, Frances Elizabeth McDermott Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2021 Award

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Preparing tomorrow's teachers: A program analysis of teacher education in Iowa and its role in preparing preservice teachers for emergent bilinguals, Karrigan Alexandria Mentzer Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Examining the effects of netropsin on the mobility of DNA A-tracts using capillary electrophoresis, Jillian Miller Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Evaluation of archeal growth on complex media and antibiotic regimes, Melanie Miller Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Creating an optimal portfolio with covariance adjustments for moving average trends, Jayden Moore Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Assessing the implicit curriculum in social work education: An examination of the University of Northern Iowa students' experiences, Madison Motz Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2021 Award

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Including English language learners in Algebra One instruction, Callie Irene Neighbor Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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U.S. presidential election portrayed by foreign media: Costa Rica and Nicaragua comparative study, Emily Neumann Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Meme marketing: How viral marketing adapts to the internet culture, Triet Minh Ngo Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Artistic expression, permanence and change in a f*cked up world: Coping with the "sounds of silence", Brianna L. Pruitt Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Precarious enjoyment: Suicide contra schizophrenia, Mohammed Rawwas Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Exploring the role of college women in ministry leadership through a qualitative analysis of passion conferences, Abigail Read Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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A workbook presenting fluency shaping and narrative therapy strategies for school-age children who stutter, Bailey Nicole Rustad Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Exploring eating disorders in athletes: A literature review and analysis of prevention strategies, Emily Schotzko Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Evaluating college students' attitudes and understanding of recycling, Taylor Shipley Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Applying the education debt to Waterloo, Iowa, Baylee Renae Smith Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Literature review: Improving end-of-life care and creating a good death, Erna Smlatic Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The moderating role of mindful awareness in the associations of adverse childhood experiences and coronavirus exposure with sleep patterns, Shyanne Faith Sporrer Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2021 Award

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The influence of gain-loss framing and its interaction with political ideology on social distancing and mask wearing compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan Steffen Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Quantitative analysis of DNA polymerase alpha gene expression during various stages in chicken embryonic development, Carter Howard Stochl Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Converging artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies for security and risk management in banking, Van Binh Hai Tran Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Consideration of the ethical implications of artificial intelligence in the audit profession, Marcy Kim Uglum Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Mosquito fogging in Iowa: Examining the practices of five communities, potential health effects, and plausible alternatives, Hanna Vos Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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The administration of American elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney Wagner Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Optimizing DNA extraction from microorganisms living in Wind Cave, Allison Warming Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Exploring voting habits and attitudes of LGBTQ+ college students in the United States, Jordan Weber Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Bridging the gap: A guide to help design students become design professionals, Sarah Westholm Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Griffiths-like phase in manganese intercalated tantalum disulfide and the 3-dimensional Ising model, Paul White Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Evolution of pocket gophers and chewing lice as ring species across the Upper Mississippi Valley, Isabel Louise Wolf Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Reasons for self-mutilating behavior in the 21st century, ZhiQing Yaw Open Access Honors Program Thesis

Submissions from 2020

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Histological morphology and structural integration in the four major morphologies of the Cypriniform Weberian apparatus, Jeremy Raymond Abels Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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A statistical analysis of the NFL draft, Jaedon Bettle Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Supplemental seeding and seed predation in a newly planted tallgrass prairie, Isabella Betzer Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Eating behaviors in autism, Kayla Diane Beyer Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Role of guns in child mortality, Alexandria Bibbs Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Genetic variation within a broadly distributed chewing louse genus (Thomomydoecus), Clarissa Elizabeth Bruns Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Examining variation in tooth morphology using micro-CT analysis, Luke Thomas Butikofer Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Science curriculum alignment to the NGSS, Whitney E. Canaday Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Meet your audience where they are: The dissemination and reception of political messaging among young voters [Paper], Bailey Marie Caskey Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Adapting instruments, not students: A study of adaptive musical instruments, Cheyanne Maria Chapin Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The influence of state political orientation on firm environmental practices, Trisha Coberly Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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How to create a radically inclusive math classroom with regards to gender and sexual orientation, Alexa DeVore Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Identification of genome-linked bacillus bacteriophage proteins, Katherine Dyer Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Association between wild bee communities and floral resources in the Conservation Reserve Program, Allison Eagan Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Measuring meaningful learning in a chemistry laboratory, Kylie Engstrom Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Life and death: Quantifying the risk of heart disease with machine learning, Jack Scott Glienke Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Determinants of long-term care insurance: Are spouses substitutes?, Jacob Harold-Matthew Haag Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Treatment of proximal hamstring tendinopathy with active release technique in collegiate track athletes: A case series, Madison Hagedorn Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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"Finding financial freedom": A financial literacy program for high school students, Alexis Hahn Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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Analysis of gene expression in early-stage pancreatic cancer and investigation of 1,2,3,4,6-Penta-O-galloyl-β-D-glucopyranoside as a therapeutic, Zachary R. Heinzman Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Preparation of the CRISPR Cas-9 system for directed mutagenesis of the FSR1 gene of the filamentous fungi Fusarium verticillioides, Jacob Horn Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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An empirical analysis on major league soccer player earnings, Aaron Michael Anderson Iehl Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Examination of the attribution of blame for accounting errors under the proposed 2024 CPA examination structure, Laura Jean Kaufmann Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Perceptions of dementia in faith-based organizations, Megan Elizabeth Kooker Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The miseducation of American youth: The detriments of whitewashing literature in secondary schools, Molly Magill Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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An alternative approach to malware research, Christopher James May Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Caregivers' perceptions of literacy toolbox for children in foster care, Raelynn Meade Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Construction of a target-specific CRISPR-Cas9 vector for the purpose of introducing mutations into the FUM1 gene of Fusarium verticillioides, Jennifer Petsche Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The impact of school-based mindfulness programs on the externalizing behavior of students, Madison Ruhlmann Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Editing Fusarium graminearum using CRISPR/Cas9, Grace Marie Sack Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Respiratory differences in spontaneous and scripted speech among bilingual adults, Anna Irene Sagan Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Testing the effects of mindfulness meditation in reducing music performance anxiety as measured by cortisol and self-report, Anya E. Shorey Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2020 Award

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Sir Deadpool: A revival of Arthurian morals in modern anti-heroes, Jane Katherine Sible Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Spectral time: How Gérard Grisey’s concept of musical time is still relevant today, Isaac Raymond Smith Open Access Honors Program Thesis 2020 Award

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Seasonal habitat usage of Iowa wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta), Amanda Stewart Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free": A case study analysis of U.S. immigration policy and public perceptions of Latin American immigrants, Erin Thomason Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The effects of intercalating molecules on the polymer properties of DNA, Joseph Tibbs Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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My education plan: A teaching mindset, Joseph Van Zante Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Literature review: The role of inflammatory biomarkers in the connections between sleep and chronic health conditions, Madeline Walker Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Frauds in K-12 school districts, Cassandra Lorraine Zinnel Open Access Honors Program Thesis

Submissions from 2019

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Construction of CRISPR/Cas9 vectors for directed mutagenesis of Fusarium graminearum, Rebekah Akers Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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College students' awareness and utilization of campus sexual health resources, Emma A. Alman Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

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The relation between disordered eating, stress, and anxiety in first-year college women, Jenna K. Anderson Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The determination of gender roles and power dynamics within female same-sex couples, Sydney Faith Atwood Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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The study of artistic and stylistic continuities in solo piano music from the 17th century to the early 20th century, Bethany Brooks Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)