Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Lisa Beltz


On December 16, 2006, I will graduate from the University of Northem Iowa with University Honors and a B.A. in both biology and psychology. I have always been interested in medicine and diseases, and this semester I wanted to explore some options for my future. At the start of the semester, I was considering applying to optometry schools after graduating from UNI. I am also highly interested in going on a mission trip, and perhaps a medical mission trip. ln light of these interests, I decided to design my senior honors thesis around infectious diseases of the eye. With the help of my thesis advisor, Lisa Beltz, I narrowed my research focus to three diseases that significantly impact developing areas of the world: Loa loa, onchocerciasis, and trachoma. ln addition to researching the specifics of the three diseases and their impact on endemic areas, I also wanted to investigate what is currently being done to treat and prevent these diseases.

Year of Submission



Department of Biology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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