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Honors Scholar Theses from 2022

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Starved for Knowledge: The Effect of Language Deprivation and “Mainstream” Education on Deaf Accessibility to the United States Education System, Katherine Arpino

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ESKAPE Pathogens: The clinical Prevalence and Molecular Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance, Anusha Attre

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The Effect of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva on the Tongue, Amy Backal, Amanda Harrop, and David J. Goldhamer Dr.

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The Importance of Health Anxiety and Emotional Reasoning to Understand Vaccine Hesitancy and Safety Behaviors: Implications for Public Health Campaigns in a COVID_19 Era, Samantha Ballas and Kimberli Treadwell

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NICU Nurses’ Varying Levels Of and Experiences With Moral Distress While Caring For Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Sarah Battaglia

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Protective Effects of Caffeine via Microglia in a Rodent Model of Preterm Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury, Serena Beri

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CloudBots: Autonomous Atmospheric Explorers, Akash Binoj

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Associations Between Trauma History and Dimensions of Self-Concept in College Students, Francisco Carrillo-Alvarez

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Forgotten Immigrant Voices: West Indian Immigrant Experiences and Attitudes towards Contemporary Immigration, Danielle Cross

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Novel Epigenetic Therapeutics for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, Suzannah De Almeida

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As Seen on Screen: American Ambivalence Shown through Death Penalty and Vigilante Films, Lisette Donewald

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The Effects of Poor Maternal Nutrition during Gestation in Sheep on the Reproductive Efficiency of the Offspring, Morgan Dougherty

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Dissecting Discontent: How stocks and flows of county-level economic and social factors affect the vote shares of populist candidates, Thomas Dowd

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A Machine Learning and Deep Learning Framework for Binary, Ternary, and Multiclass Emotion Classification of Covid-19 Vaccine-Related Tweets, Aditya Dubey

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“And We’re Happy, So Happy, to Be Modern Women”: Dissociative Feminism on Screen and in Literature, Michaela Elizabeth Flaherty

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The Influence of Tetrabenazine on Operant Behavior and Binge-Like Eating Model in Rats, Reileigh Fleeher

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Characterizing Rat Lateral Amygdala Interneurons by Colocalization of Calcium-Binding Proteins via Serial Multiplex Immunohistochemistry, Ethan Gasteyer

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Headcase Regulates Growth in Response to Nutritional Status Downstream of Insulin Signaling, Thomas George

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Salary Cap Efficiency: A Study of the Relationship between a NFL Quarterback’s Salary and their Team’s Performance, Prasad Gosavi

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Electromagnetic Detectability of Binary Supermassive Black Holes, Kaylee Grace

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Household Composition and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake and Purchases among Low Wage Workers, Salma Gudaf

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Minimal Inscribed Polyforms, Jack Hanke

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The Stamford Experience in the Twenty-First Century: Analyzing Urban Development Conflict at the Neighborhood Level, Michael Hernandez

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Punishment vs. Rehabilitation: A Discourse on American Prison Reform & Comparative Analysis to Swedish Incarceration, Lauren Hipplewitz

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The Effects of a Plant-Based Diet with Eggs on the Parameters of Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance, and Dietary Choline and Carotenoids, Lindsey Huang

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Affirmative Action in Higher Education: What Role does Whiteness Ideology Play?, Siyu Huang

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Case Study: Effects of Ultrasonic Vocalizations on Rat Behavior and Place Cell Remapping in the Hippocampus, Qingli Hu

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Triggering Thermal Runaway in Lithium-ion Batteries, Chris John

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Plague and Devastation in Ancient Greece: Why Mourning Matters, Hannah Kallin

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Calcium Ferrite as a Semiconductor for Microbially Assisted Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide, Lauren King

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A Case for Improved Financial Literacy Education in the United States, Nicholas Kinsella

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5-axis Milling for Micro-machining of Implantable Flow Sensor, Devin Kot-Thompson

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Exercise in the Heat: Perceptual Measures in Hydrated and Dehydrated Conditions, John Kromer

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Plant-Based Diets and Metabolic Syndrome: Evaluating the Influence of Diet Quality, Lydia McGrath

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The Chemogenetic Application and Biotherapeutic Potential of Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs for Parkinson’s Disease, Andrew Mei

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Impact of the Quality of ESG Reporting on Profitability of Trucking and Oil Companies, Diane Meng

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SEC Reporting of Cybersecurity Incidents, Michaela Morosky

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Autistic Individuals May See Emotions Differently: How Gradable Adjectives Can Be Used to Determine Emotion Recognition, Devon Murphy

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Correlates of Sexualized Drug Use Among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Malaysia, Sydney Osborne

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When Problems Become Solutions: Harnessing the Osteogenic Capacity of Disease-Causing Stem Cells to Repair Bone Fractures, Mehreen Pasha

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Identification of Translesion Synthesis Inhibitors that Target Rev7/Rev3 Protein-Protein Interactions, Seema Patel

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Defining the Role of Locus Coeruleus Noradrenergic Neurons in the Modulation of Homeostatic Feeding, Julia Paul

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Regaining Effort-Based Food Motivation: The Drug Methylphenidate Reverses the Depressive Effects of Tetrabenazine in Female Rats, Deanna Pietrorazio

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Disrupting Monoallelic Expression of Variant Surface Glycoprotein in Trypanosoma brucei by a Non-lethal Mutation in Class I Transcription Factor A, Sarah Platt

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Performance Improvements in Inner Product Encryption, Serena Riback

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Does Anodal tDCS Over the Left Prefrontal Cortex Using the C3-RSO Montage Improve Cognitive Control?, Jhoan Rodriguez

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Content Analysis of Public Instagram Posts about Pelvic Floor Disorders and Pelvic Floor Muscle Training in Pregnancy, Lauren R. Rudin and Molly E. Waring

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Museum Talk: Conversations Regarding Art Museums’ Practices and Policies, Eva Solano

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Dimension Theory of Conformal Iterated Function Systems, Sharon Sneha Spaulding

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The Potential of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins as Drug Targets, Matt Staid

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Analyzing Inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 Endoribonuclease nsp15, Mary Staunton

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COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Mammalian Carnivore Activity in the Eastern United States, Joan Tremblay, Miranda Davis, and Robert Bagchi

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Study of Porosity of Gelatin-Alginate Hydrogels to Model Brain Matter for Studying Traumatic Brain Injuries, Apolline Vincent

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On Misuses of the Kolmogorov–Smirnov Test for One-Sample Goodness-of-Fit, Anthony Zeimbekakis

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Autonomous Search and Rescue Helicopter System Design, Terry Zhao

Honors Scholar Theses from 2021

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The Effect of Social Comparison and Fear of Missing Out on Anxiety Symptoms in Late Adolescents, Olivia Adams

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Development of Physiological Markers for Tetrabenazine-Induced Motivational Dysfunctions Using Electroencephalography in Male and Female Rats, Stephanie Akosa

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Differential White Blood Cell Counting, Gregory Austin

Reeling in New Antibiotics: Synthesis and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Zinc-Binding Clavanins from Styela clava (Sea Squirt), Eduardo Badillo-Colberg

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Effects of a Play-Based Intervention on Locomotor Skills and Strength Performance of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Amber Bardsley

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Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Growth and Health of Pre-Weaned Dairy Calves, Lily Bello

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Une exploration du style et du message dans une sélection d’œuvres d’Annie Ernaux : L’écriture « qui ne ment pas », Maya Benson

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Darkness Falls Upon America’s Backyard: An Evaluation of Central Appalachia’s Past Economic Woes and a Blueprint for the Region’s Future Economic Development, Jack Bergantino

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Potential Improvements for Underwater Sound Speed Measurement Devices, Matthieu Bernier

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The Effects of Poor Maternal Nutrition During Gestation on Colostrum and Milk Quality and Immunoglobulin G Concentrations in Sheep, Alexandra Bettencourt

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Replacement of the Transfer Act: The Impact of Connecticut's Effort to Expedite Contaminated Site Remediation, Avery Bikerman

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The Emerging Role of Pancreatic β-Cell Primary Cilia in Diabetes Mellitus, Emily Blackburn

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Stoichiometry and parasitism: changes in nutrient concentrations in the three-spined Stickleback-Schistocephalus solidus system, Megan Braat

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Evaluating Quality Control Methods for Genomic Testing and Analyzation of DNA/RNA, Raabiah Chaudhry

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Exploring Emotion Regulation as a Moderator of the Relationship between Benefit-Finding and Measures of Stress in Cancer Survivors, Sarah W. Chen

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A Deep Learning Model for Predicting COVID-19 Transmission in Connecticut, Nathan Choi

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Evaluating The Effect of Glyphosate on Host Survival and Microbiome, Sandro Cloiseau

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Effects of tree felling in wetlands on the community composition and diel activity of mammals, Eve Cullerton

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Meta-Network Analysis of Complex Construction Systems: Improving Project Efficiency Using Novel Computer-Based Analytic Methodology, Ethan Cummiskey

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Does Anodal tDCS Over the Left Prefrontal Cortex Using the F3-RSO Montage Improve Cognitive Control?, Sydney Darling

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Identificando determinantes sociales de la salud en la comunidad de Granada, España (Identifying social determinants of health in the community of Granada, Spain), Mukund Desibhatla

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The Development and Evaluation of Novel DA Transport Inhibitors and their Effects on Effort-Related Motivation: A Review, Mukund Desibhatla

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Household Income and Air Pollution at Public Schools in the United States, Katyland Facas and Kristina Wagstrom

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Synthesis and In-Vitro Voltage Sensitivity Testing of Two-Component Voltage Sensitive Dyes, Daniel Fairchild

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Assessing Leadership in Business – Finance: A Critical Investigation of Jamie Dimon, Kelly Finn

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Climate Change Preparedness in the Insurance Sector, Daniel Fischler

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The Influence of the United States on Nuclear Laws, Michael Francomano

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Molecular Markers of Climate Adaptation of Thysanoessa longicaudata (Euphausiacea) in the Arctic, Alexandra Frenzel

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What the 123rd Congress Will Look Like: Examining the Gender Gap in Political Ambition of College Students, Maddison Gates

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Seasonal plumage condition variation and the thermal value of the feather coats of house sparrows (Passer domesticus), Jordana MF Graveley, Margaret Rubega, and Kevin R. Burgio

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Methodological and Theoretical Extensions to the TRACE Model of Spoken Word Recognition, Samantha Grubb

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Effects of Noise on Speech Perception in Children Using Cochlear Implants: A Systematic Review, Priya Gupta

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Asian American Discrimination Through United States History, Disease Outbreaks, and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Elizabeth He

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Identifying the Cell Composition and Clonal Diversity of Supratentorial Ependymoma Using Single Cell RNA-Sequencing, James He

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The Regulation of Chemokinesis by the soil amoeba, Dictyostelium Discoideum, Julia Horan

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Linking Human Activities to Water Quality in Coastal New England: Past and Present, Amelia Hurst

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A Picture of Hartford's Community Food Environment: An Image Recognition Approach, Evelyn Johnson

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Using Citizen Science to Determine the Age of Alewife Fish, Rodchill-Paul Jules

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The Effects of Infliximab on the Fibrosis Response of Three-spine Stickleback, Mita Kale

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Exploring an Alternative to IPOs: Special-Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), Vaishali Kanamalla

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Modeling and Monitoring of Water Quantity and Quality in Permeable Pavement Systems Using Geophysical Equipment, Abby Klimowicz

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Machine learning-based recognition on Crowdsourced Food Images, Aditya kulkarni

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Relating Electrode Impedance and Recording Quality in the Rat Hippocampus, Mitchel Kuperstein

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Use of Antisense Oligonucleotides to Target Notch2 in Mouse Chondrocytes, Gabrielle Viviana Lanza

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The Rise of Alternative Early Stage Financing Methods, Tyler Lasicki